Centre for Muslim States and Societies

About us

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.

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Our staff and students


Honorary Fellows


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'

Advisory Board 

Community engagement and student opportunities

We are committed to promoting understanding of Muslim issues and harmony within the community.

Staff and students affiliated with the Centre are actively involved in community outreach programs that vary from lectures and seminars to forums and commentary. Sometimes we work in collaboration with other organisations.

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.

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies (CMSS) is also actively seeking passionate individuals to join our team as volunteers and interns. If you are enthusiastic about International affairs and have a keen interest in event planning, we encourage you to be a part of our team. Please reach out to us at [email protected] to express your interest or learn more about the opportunities available.

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