Centre for Muslim States and Societies

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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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Upcoming events

CMSS Annual Iftar and Public Lecture by Senator Mehreen Faruqi

Changing the System without Losing Yourself: Tales of a Political Outsider
Sunday 2 April 2023, 5-6.30pm

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies and UWA Public Policy Institute invite you to CMSS’s Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) event to celebrate Ramadan 2023. CMSS holds this event to promote inter-religious harmony and understanding of Islam in a globalised world.

We are honoured that Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for New South Wales, will be speaking at this year’s Iftar event.

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Dr Mehreen Faruqi 

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.

Our internship program focuses on the research areas of the centre. It is open to both UWA students and others. Apply by sending a cover letter and CV to cmss-ss@uwa.edu.au

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Professor Amin Saikal AM writing in The Strategist on Trump's 'divide and rule' policy in the Middle East.

Trump’s accelerated Middle East policy actions, when combined with making peace with America’s past ‘terrorist’ enemy, the Taliban, to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, are more geared towards enabling Trump to score domestically than marking the dawn of peace in the region. They are bound to deepen hostile lines between the US and its allies on one side and Iran and its supporters on the other.

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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 politics

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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.

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