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Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

The Politics of the Muslim World

Events in this series are organised under the auspieces of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme and the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Topics to be covered include Islamic ideas of state and governance, Islamic perspectives in international and transnational relations, the formation and impact of Islamist movements, Muslim minorities and debates over multiculturalism and democratisation.

For further details on this series of events contact:


18 September 2018

Roundtable: Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugees: The Cases of Jordan and Lebanon, organised by Dr Amjed Rasheed and Juline Beaujouan, taking place at SGIA, al-Qasimi Building, Room 201, 9:30am-5pm. See full programme.

14 June 2018

Professor Mark N. Katz (George Mason University), Better than before? Comparing Moscow’s Cold War and Putin-era Policies toward Arabia and the Gulf, Sir William Luce Lecture, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College, Durham, 12pm.

13-14 June 2018

Identity, Legitimacy and Power in the Muslim World, IMEIS Annual Conference 2018. See full conference papers edited by Juline Beaujouan and published by Global Policy Journal.

5 February 2018

Roundtable: The Troubled Triangle of the Islamic State, Iran, and Syria, in collaboration with Chatham House (2.15-5pm, Lindisfarne Conference Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham). See abstracts. Listen to the audio podcast.

20 September 2017

Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS) Annual Conference: 'Diversity', Durham Castle. See papers.

13 October 2016

A Conversation with Professor Bahgat Korany (SGIA, 201, 10am-12pm).

27-28 September 2016

Transformational Changes in the Middle East: Internal, Regional and International Drivers (Qatar Univeristy, Gulf Studies Centre).

Briefing Papers

Briefing paper I - The Islamic State’s (IS) discourse: Some repeated patterns

Briefing paper II - The Islamic State’s religious perspectives on Iran

Briefing paper III - Jordan in the eyes of Islamic State

Briefing paper IV - Islamic State’s political perspectives on Iran

Briefing paper V - Syria in the eyes of Islamic State

Briefing paper VI - Islamic State’s views on the Muslim Brotherhood

Other Resources

Khalil F. Osman, The Menace of a 'Post-Territorial' Islamic State (IMEIS Briefing No. 1, December 2017)

Clive Jones (ed.), The Politics of Change in the Middle East (Durham Middle East Papers 78, March 2017)