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Islam in International Relations

Politics and Paradigms, 1st Edition

Edited by Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Raffaele Mauriello, Deina Abdelkader


236 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Islam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms analyses the interaction between Islam and IR. It shows how Islam is a conceptualization of ideas that affect people’s thinking and behaviour in their capacity to relate with IR as both discipline and practice.

This approach challenges Western-based and defined epistemological and ontological foundations of the discipline, and by doing so contributes to worlding IR as a field of study and practice by presenting and discussing a broad range of standpoints from within Islamic civilization. The volume opens with the presentation and discussion of the international thought of a major Muslim leader, followed by a chapter that addresses the ethical practice of IR, from traditional pacifism to modern Arab political philosophy. It then switches to applying constructivism as a tool to understand Islam in world affairs and proceeds to address the issue of how the ethnocentric approach of Western academia has hindered our understanding of world affairs. The volume moves on to address the ISIS phenomenon, a current urgent issue in world affairs, and closes with a look at Islamic geopolitics.

This comprehensive collection will be of great interest to students, scholars and policy-makers with a focus on the Muslim world.


"This is the most valuable contribution that this volume (considered in its totality) makes to IR: it widens the Western gaze and IR understandings of and from other realities, in this case, the “Islamic civilisation”. This volume broadens IR from within, and rather than providing a critique from outside the discipline it engages critically with IR’s main established politics and paradigms and it reconciles them and broadens them through engagement with Islamic precepts."

Alice Martini Dirpolis, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy and Political Science and International Relations Department, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid Spain

Table of Contents

1. Analyzing and Theorizing about Islam and IR: Non-Western International Relations and Geocultural Epistemologies

Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Raffaele Mauriello, and Deina Abdelkader

2. The Khamenei Doctrine: Iran’s Leader on Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations

Seyed Mohammad Marandi and Raffaele Mauriello

3. The Arab Right to Difference: Taha Abderrahmane’s Concept of the Awakened Youth, and the Formation of Modern Arab Nationhood

Mohammed Hashas

4. Reconciling Islam and Pacifism: A Traditionalist Approach

Muhammad Haniff Hassan

5. Constructivism in the Islamic Approach to International Relations: Davutoglu and Qutb as Case Studies

Shaimaa Magued

6. Beyond Terrorism and Disorder: Assessing Islamist Constructions of World Order

Hanna Pfeifer

7. Struggling for Post-Secular Hegemony: Causal Explanations for Religious Discrimination in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Farhood Badri

8. Belying the Human Web: Western Perceptions of Islam and the Danger of a Single Story

Nicholas P. Roberts

9. Foreign Policies of Political Islam Movements: Of the Use and Reconstruction of an Ideological Reference

Mohamed-Ali Adraoui

10. The Geopolitics of the Wahhabi Movement: From the "Neglected Duty" to Daesh

Deina Abdelkader

11. Islamic State’s notion of ‘mobile’ Sovereignty/Territoriality in a Postsecular Perspective

Marina Eleftheriadou and Sotiris Roussos

12. Towards an Islamic Geopolitics: Reconciling the Ummah and Territoriality in Contemporary International Relations (IR)

Jason E. Strakes

About the Editors

Nassef Manabilang Adiong is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization). He serves as editor of International Journal of Islam in Asia (BRILL), Islam and International Relations series (Gerlach Press), Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan), and International Relations in Southeast Asia series (Routledge). He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, Muslim governance in the Philippines, and political interaction of Muslim societies with Western modernity. Nassef is assistant professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies (UP IIS), co-convenor of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies’ Islamic Studies Program (UP CIDS-ISP), and affiliate faculty member at the Center for International Studies (UP CIS) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He authored and edited articles and books of topics and issues about "Islam and International Relations." For details, proceed to

Raffaele Mauriello is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran (Iran), and an invited Lecturer at the Master's program in Geopolitics and Global Security at the Sapienza, University of Rome. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran (2015-2017). He received a Ph.D. in Islamic Civilization: History and Philology (2009) from the Sapienza, University of Rome. Dr. Mauriello is a historian and linguist, specializing in International Relations, Islam, Iran, and the Hispanic World. He is the cofounder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and serves as co-editor of the International Journal of Islam in Asia (BRILL) and the Islam and International Relations book series (Gerlach Press). In 2013, he was awarded The World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of Islamic Studies for his monograph on Descendants of the Family of the Prophet in Contemporary History: A Case Study, the Ši‘i Religious Establishment of al-Nagaf (Iraq). Dr. Mauriello is a regular commentator on international affairs on television (BBC, HispanTV, PressTV, RussiaToday) and radio (Radio3Mondo, RSI, Radio24, RadioCusanoCampus, RNE).

Deina Abdelkader is Associate Professor in the department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University. Abdelkader is a Comparitivist and International Relations specialist. Her scholarly interests and research focuses on the regions of the Middle East and North Africa Her research topics are Comparative Democratization in the Muslim World, Islamic Activism, and the Role of Muslim Women in Religious Interpretation. She is the author of Social Justice in Islam (2000) and Islamic Activists: The Anti-Enlightenment Democrats (Pluto Press, 2011). Abdelkader is also one of two women on the Islamic Jurisprudential Council of North America (Fiqh Council of North America) and she is also part of the editorial board of the Digest of Middle East Studies. Abdelkader is a co-founder of the Research Cohort of Islam and Democracy, and Co-editor of the Co-Iris publications.

About the Series

Worlding Beyond the West

Historically, the International Relations (IR) discipline has established its boundaries, issues, and theories based upon Western experience and traditions of thought. This series explores the role of geocultural factors, institutions, and academic practices in creating the concepts, epistemologies, and methodologies through which IR knowledge is produced. This entails identifying alternatives for thinking about the "international" that are more in tune with local concerns and traditions outside the West. But it also implies provincializing Western IR and empirically studying the practice of producing IR knowledge at multiple sites within the so-called ‘West’.

We welcome book proposals in areas such as:

  • Critiques of Western-centric scholarship and policy-making.
  • The emergence of new theories and approaches from ‘the periphery’.
  • The challenges for the discipline at large in accommodating its post-Western phase, and the political and ethical dilemmas involved in this.
  • Concrete studies of the results of approaching issues and agendas in ‘the periphery’ with the tools offered by core thinking.
  • Work by scholars from the non-West about local, national, regional or global issues, reflecting on the importance of different perspectives and of geocultural epistemologies.
  • Studies of ‘travelling theory’ – how approaches, concepts and theories get modified, re-casted and translated in different contexts.
  • The meaning and evolution of major concepts in particular regions, such as security thinking, concepts of globalisation and power, understandings of ‘economy’ and ‘development’ or other key categories in particular regions.
  • The sociology of the discipline in different places – with a focus on a country, a region, on specific research communities/schools, subfields, or on specific institutions such as academic associations, journals, foundations or think tanks.
  • Empirical studies of epistemic practices and the conditions of knowledge production in different Western and non-Western locales and sites.
  • Studies of the interaction between different knowledge producers, such as processes of expertise or the dialogue between intellectuals, academics, bureaucrats and policy elites.

Series Editors: Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, David Blaney, Macalester College, USA and Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge, UK

Founding Editor: Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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