Centre for Muslim States and Societies
We are committed to conducting research that provides a better understanding of the beliefs and practices of Muslims in the Indian Ocean Rim countries and their interaction with global trends and narratives in other regions.
Our research themes
UWA PhD students
- Amjed al-Masaoodi'China and Iraq relations through phases of transition 1949-2016'
- Muhammad Ismail Khan'China-Pakistan Relations and the US-Indian Relations: Balancing Theory'
- Sahar Kiarashi'An analysis of newspaper coverage of Leftist Groups in Iran before and after the Iranian Revolution: 1979'
- Ridwan Ridwan
'Transnational Islam and Peacebuilding: A Study of Hibut Tahrir Indonesia in Papua'
- Muhammad Dan Suleiman'(Re)framing ‘the jihad’ in West Africa: an Epistemic Disobedience'
- Ke Zhu'Gwadar Port from Different Perspectives: China, Pakistan and Balochistan'
- Flavia Zimmerman'Impact of honour cultures, honour discourses and female chastity: perceptions of Pakistani and Brazilian women on how these shape gender identity in Australia'
- Al Mawrid Australia
- Australian Institute of International Affairs WA
- Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Societies Inc.
- Charles Sturt University
- Deakin University
- Swan Festival of Lights
- UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre
- UWA Public Policy Institute
- Universitas Islam Indonesia
- Western Sydney University
- Professor James Piscatori, UK
- Professor Amin Saikal, Adjunct Professor UWA
- Emeritus Professor James Trevelyan, UWA
The Centre for Muslim States and Societies welcomes applicants for Honorary & Visiting Fellowships on research in its priority areas.
Please note that Fellowships are not funded by the CMSS and you need to establish that you have independent source of funding to support your affiliation with the CMSS.
The Fellowships are offered on the conditions that govern the Visiting Fellowship policies at the School of Social Sciences, The University of Western Australia:
- Regular and frequent attendance at discipline seminar series in the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, and Political Science & International Relations
- A seminar presented on your research at Centre for Muslim States and Societies
- Two guest lectures in undergraduate or postgraduate coursework classes
- Preparation of a research article (with possibility of co-authorship by a member of CMSS) to be submitted for a high-profile, peer-reviewed journal publication (6000-8,000 words long).
- Participation in a funded or non-funded research project by agreement with the Director, CMSS.
If you are interested, please fill in the form, provide a four-page research proposal and your CV.
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News and events
Dr Samina Yasmeen talks with Indus News, Pakistan
CMSS Director Dr Samina Yasmeen highlighting women in a guest spot discussion about their cultural and economic relationship to gold on Pakistan's Indus News.Read more
CMSS Seminar Series: Muslim Women in the Economy - Book Launch Seminar
Join us for a new CMSS Seminar Series: Muslim Women in the Economy - Book Launch Seminar" w/speakers, Dr Shamim Samani & Dr Dora Marinova exploring the changing role of Muslim women in the 21st-century economy. Wed 5-Aug, 4pm!!Read more
Welcoming Honours Student James Randall to the CMSS
James is an Honours student researching the role Pope Francis plays as a facilitator of interfaith dialogue, specifically his travels to the Middle EastRead more
The CMSS & AIIA WA Present Speaker, Tayyeb Shah on the Growing Academic Power of Asia
"Academic Power Is Moving East" - Wed, 22-Jul-2020 - Tayyeb Shah is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Partnerships) at UWARead more
Dr Samina Yasmeen speaks to Andrew West on ABC Radio National
CMSS Director Dr Samina Yasmeen discusses recent tensions over religious pluralism in Pakistan between Islam and HinduismRead more
Welcoming Dr Alexander E. Davis as a new member of the CMSS
The CMSS is proud to welcome Dr Alexander E. Davis to the CMSS. His current research projects look at India’s borderlands, particularly the Indian Ocean and the Himalaya.Read more
Sarah Myers wins Joan Trevelyan Prize in Women in Muslim States and Societies, 2019
The Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies congratulates this year’s winner of Joan Trevelyan Prize in Women in Muslim States and Societies, Sarah Myers. The Prize is awarded to the student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with the highest mark in an honours dissertation in the area of Women in Muslim States and SocietiesRead more
Welcoming James Stefanuto as CMSS intern for Semester 2, 2020
James is an Honours student working on Australia’s bilateral Strategic Partnerships with Indonesia and Vietnam. He has worked as an electrical communications technician, copywriter, journalist and research assistant in Australia, Vietnam and Indonesia, respectivelyRead more
US-Pakistan Interreligious Coalition (UPIC) - Just Future Conference JULY 15-17.
CMSS is participating in the Just Future Virtual Conference being organised by UPIC. We invite all those interested in these issues to register free of cost.Read more
Libya's Double Tragedy
Professor Amin Saikal AM, discusses the key factors driving structural instability and insecurity in Libya.Read more
Welcoming Professor Amin Saikal AM - as Adjunct Professor in School of Social Sciences
The Centre for Muslim States and Societies is pleased to announce that Professor Amin Saikal AM, a member of the Advisory Group for the CMSS, has been appointed as Adjunct Professor in School of Social Sciences. He will be actively involved in the research, supervision and community engagement undertaken at the CMSS. As an internationally renowned scholar of the Middle East and the Gulf region, Professor Saikal has written numerous books, journal articles and played a pivotal role in shaping policies towards the countries of the region.Read more
Persian Gulf fault line could be a new front in US–China competition
Professor Amin Saikal AM, discusses how US-China competition is becoming an increasing source of instability for the geopolitics of the Persian Gulf.Read more
Webinar: Dhaka’s Changing Landscape
Dr Rita Afsar will talk about her co-authored book, 'Dhaka’s Changing Landscape: Prospects for Economic Development, Social Change, and Shared Prosperity'. Friday 29 May, 10-11am.Read more
Islamic State terror in the Maldives as COVID-19 arrives
Dr Azim Zahir explains how ISIS supporters in the Maldives may be exploiting coronavirus pandemic after ISIS claims responsibility for its first attack in the countryRead more
Maldives stabbing puts Australian man in hospital
Dr Azim Zahir talks to the ABC on radicalisation in the Maldives and the stabbing of three foreigners.Read more