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Peter Mandaville

Peter Mandaville

Peter Mandaville

Associate Professor of Government and Politics

Co-Director, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies

Islam, globalization, development, international relations

Dr. Peter Mandaville is the Director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Government at George Mason University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. In 2011-12, during the Arab Spring, he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. He was the Founding Director of GMU’s Center for Global Studies and his visiting affiliations have included American University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Pew Research Center. Born and raised in the Middle East—the third generation of his family to live in the region—his recent research has taken him to a wide range of Muslim settings such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and West Africa. He is most recently the author of Global Political Islam (London: Routledge, 2007), a broad global overview of Islamic social and political movements. Other books include Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma (London: Routledge, 2001; paperback 2003)—a study of Muslim communities in the United Kingdom—and co-editor of several volumes of essays in the fields of international relations and Islamic Studies, including Politics from Afar: Transnational Diasporas & Networks (Columbia University Press, 2012). He has testified before the U.S. Congress on political Islam and authored numerous book chapters and journal articles, and contributed to publications such as Foreignpolicy.com, the International Herald Tribune and The Guardian. He has also consulted widely for government, media and NGOs on contemporary Muslim world affairs. Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pew Research Center, much of his recent work has focused on the comparative study of religious authority and social movements in the Muslim world, with an emphasis on youth groups, transnational networks, and new media.

Current Research

Mandaville's recent work focuses on the comparative study of religious authority and social movements in the Muslim world, with an emphasis on youth groups, transnational networks, and new media.

Selected Publications

Global Political Islam, New York & London: Routledge, 2007 (2nd edition, 2011).

Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma, London: Routledge, 2001 (revised paperback edition, 2003).

Globalizing Religions, Newbury Park: Sage, 2009 (co-edited with Paul James).

The Zen of International Relations: IR Theory From East to West, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001 (co-edited with Stephen Chan & Roland Bleiker).

Meaning and International Relations, London: Routledge, 2003 (co-edited with Andrew Williams).

Transnational conceptions of Islamic community: national and religious subjectivities,’ Nations & Nationalism, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2011.

‘Think Locally, Act Globally: Diasporas & Transnational Politics,’ International Political Sociology, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2010.

‘Muslim Transnationalism and State Responses in the UK After 9/11: Political Community, Ideology & Authority,’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2009.

‘Globalization and the Politics of Religious Knowledge: Pluralizing Authority in the Muslim World,’ Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring 2007.

‘Islam and International Relations in the Middle East: From Umma to Nation-State’ in Louise Fawcett (ed.), International Relations of the Middle East, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition, 2009.

‘Islamic Education in Britain: Approaches to Religious Knowledge in a Pluralistic Society’ in Robert Hefner & Muhammad Qasim Zaman (eds.), Schooling Islam: The Culture and Politics of Modern Muslim Education, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

‘Sufis & Salafis: The Political Discourse of Transnational Islam’ in Robert Hefner (ed.), Remaking Muslim Politics, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.