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'
- Professor James Piscatori, UK
- Professor Amin Saikal AM, 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.
Islamophobia and Children Network
This network is a global, inter- and multi-disciplinary initiative to conduct, facilitate, and promote research on the ways in which Islamophobia in its various manifestations has impacted on children.
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Professor Samina Yasmeen speaks on the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan
Professor Samina Yasmeen, Director at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, talks to ABC News on the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and the implications to the region.Read more
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UWA Adjunct Professor Amin Saikal writes in The Strategist on The Taliban’s return and America’s strategic setbackRead more
CMSS Member Dr Carol Kaplanian wins the Churchill Fellowship
Congratulations to Dr Carol Kaplanian who won the 2020 Churchill Fellowship at Government House in Perth, WA. Dr Kaplanian completed a PhD at The University of Western Australia with The Centre for Muslim States and Societies under Director, Dr Samina Yasmeen.Read more
Professor Amin Saikal AM writes in the Strategist on Trump and Afghanistan
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Welcoming new intern, Rory Hewson to the Centre for Muslim States and Societies
Rory Hewson joins the growing list of keen CMSS interns. Rory is interested in the role of religion in shaping the foreign policies of Muslim majority states.Read more
Welcoming new intern, Winston Twigg to the Centre for Muslim States and Societies
Winston Twigg joins the CMSS team as an intern. Winston is completing a Bachelor of Commerce at UWA and is interested in deradicalization.Read more
Professor Amin Saikal AM writing in The Strategist on Trump's 'divide and rule' policy in the Middle East.
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Professor Amin Saikal AM Writes on the Recent Middle East Peace Deals
Prof Amin Saikal AM for ASPI writing on the domestic & geopolitical drivers of the USA & Israel's peace deals with Bahrain & the UAE as painful for Palestine's cause & pushing Iran further awayRead more
Welcoming Eliza Tester as CMSS Intern for Semester 2, 2020
Eliza is a UWA Pol-Sci & IR Undergraduate. Eliza is interested in marginalised groups and social justice issues. Eliza's research interests lie in the exploration and explanation of the radicalisation of Islamic women in both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority nationsRead more
Welcoming Ph.D. Candidate, Parisa Abbasian as CMSS Intern
Parisa is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at Murdoch University with a focus on Iranian American relations after the Islamic Revolution. Parisa studied both B.A and M.A at the University of Tehran in Political Science and Global Studies (British Studies). Parisa's M.A thesis was based on the Coverage of the Iraq war in the British media particularly the Guardian newspaper. Parisa's interests are Middle East studies, Islamic studies, and Iranian politicsRead more
Professor Amin Saikal AM Provides an Overview of the Consequences and Lessons After the 9/11 Attacks and the Subsequent War on Terror
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Professor Amin Saikal AM Discusses the Latest Contest Between Turkey and Greece in the Mediterranean
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Professor Amin Saikal AM Discusses Afghanistan's Political Future After a US withdrawal
Prof Amin Saikal AM, writing in The Strategist, considers the various prospects of a political settlement after a US withdrawal from AfghanistanRead more
Professor Amin Saikal AM Writes on the Recent Lebanese Crisis
Prof Amin Saikal AM writes about the many factors confounding Lebanon's fragile state and society during this recent crisis.Read more
Welcoming Ella Dawson as CMSS Intern for Semester 2
Ella is an undergraduate student in her final semester of her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Marketing, and Political Science and International Relations. Ella’s interest areas include the politics of Africa, the politics of Islamic states, and Australia’s engagement with developing nations in the Asia Pacific.Read more
Dr Samina Yasmeen talks with Indus News, Pakistan
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Welcoming Honours Student James Randall to the CMSS
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Dr Samina Yasmeen speaks to Andrew West on ABC Radio National
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Welcoming Dr Alexander E. Davis as a new member of the CMSS
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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
Libya's Double Tragedy
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Welcoming Professor Amin Saikal AM - as Adjunct Professor in School of Social Sciences
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