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The Middle East Studies Forum (MESF) is a leading centre of scholarship on the Middle East at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. MESF hosts world-class projects and scholarship in the field of Middle East and Central Asian studies and languages.

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Religion as an Authoritarian Securitization and Violence Legitimation Tool: The Erdoğanist Diyanet’s Framing of a Religious Movement as an Existential Threat

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz co-authored this open access paper with Ismail Albayrak in Religions. Read it here.

July 27, 2021
Affective terrains of Assyrian heritage under Daesh

MESF Graduate Researcher Sofya Shahab's paper has been published in Territory, Politics, Governance. Read it here.

July 21, 2021
Islamists and the incremental Islamisation of Pakistan: the case of women’s rights

Doctor Zahid Shahab Ahmed & Professor Ihsan Yilmaz co-authored this paper in Commonwealth & Comparative Politics. Read it here.

July 19, 2021
Racism in Australia Today

Professor Fethi Mansouri co-authored this book with Amanuel Elias & Yin Paradies. Find it here.

July 14, 2021
A Multi-scale Approach to Interculturalism: From Globalised Politics to Localised Policy and Practice

Professor Fethi Mansouri co-authored this paper, published in the Journal of International Migration and Integration. Read it here.

July 13, 2021
The Emergence of Islamist Official and Unofficial Laws in the Erdoganist Turkey: The Case of Child Marriages

Ihsan Yilmaz recently published this Open Access paper in Religions. Read it here.

July 9, 2021
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June
2021
Iran’s Thirteenth Presidential Elections: Regional and International Implications

Iran’s Thirteenth Presidential Elections: Regional and International Implications

Professor Mehran Kamrava (Georgetown University), Dr Sanam Vakil (Chatham House),, Dr Nikolay Kozhanov (Qatar University) and Dr Luciano Zaccara (Qatar University)

17
June
2021
Human Rights Watch’s New Report on Israel:  A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution

Human Rights Watch’s New Report on Israel: A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution

Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch

27
May
2021
US and NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Implications for the Future

US and NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Implications for the Future

Farkhondeh Akbari (The Australian National University), Dr Niamatullah Ibrahimi (La Trobe University), Prof William Maley (The Australian National University) and moderated by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh (Deakin University)

18
May
2021
Iran’s 2021 Presidential election and book launch Presidential Elections in Iran: Islamic Idealism Since the Revolution

Iran’s 2021 Presidential election and book launch Presidential Elections in Iran: Islamic Idealism Since the Revolution

Prof John Keane (University of Sydney) Dr Sanam Vakil (Chatham House) Dr Mahmoud Pargoo (Deakin University) and moderated by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh (Deakin University)

12
May
2021
Theocratic Secularism: Political modus operandi of traditional Shīʿism

Theocratic Secularism: Political modus operandi of traditional Shīʿism

Dr Naser Ghobadzadeh, Australian Catholic University

15
April
2021
JCPoA revival: implications for regional dynamics in the Persian Gulf

JCPOA revival: implications for regional dynamics in the Persian Gulf

Dr Andreas Krieg (King’s College London), A/Prof Anicée Van Engeland (Cranfield University) and A/Prof Mahjoob Zweiri (Qatar University)