Co-IRIS Workshop at EWIS (Tübingen / 06-08 April 2016)

WS A: Worlding beyond the Clash of Civilizations: An Agenda for an International Relations – Islam Discourse

3rd European Workshops in International Studies

University of Tübingen, Germany

Venue: Alte Physik, Gmelinstr. 6, Room 2

6 – 8 April, 2016



We are proud to announce the programme of the Co-IRIS workshop for the European Workshops in International Studies.

Download the EWIS programme here.



Each presenter will have 30 minutes:

– 10 minutes of paper presentation highlighting main arguments.

– 15 minutes open discussion of the paper. The presenter will not respond during this period.

– 5 minutes response by the presenter.


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

10:00 – 18:00 Registration at the Foyer Neue Aula
14:00 – 15:30 Chairs: Nassef Manabilang Adiong and Raffaele Mauriello

Co-IRIS founders’ orientation and invitation for everyone to join the team.

The issue at stake: Worlding Beyond the West, An Agenda for an International Relations – Islam Discourse.

Discussing prospective publication projects.

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break at Mensa
16:00 – 18:00 Plenary and Keynote at Audimax, Neue Aula.

Prof. Michael Zürn will give the keynote lecture on Problems of Legitimation in Global Governance: From Territorial Rule to Loosely Coupled Spheres of Reflexive Authority.

18:00 – 20:00 Reception at Neue Aula


Thursday, 7 April 2016

09:00 – 10:00 Chair: Raffaele Mauriello


Islam and the West: What do we learn from history?

Bissio Neiva Moreira, Beatriz Juana


Possibility of an Islamic Theory of International Relations Comparative Conundrum between Nation-State and Muslim Governance

Adiong, Nassef Manabilang (paper submitted)


Religious freedom — IR and Islamic perspectives on a globally contested norm

Badri, Farhood (paper submitted)

10:00 – 11:00 Coffee break at Mensa
11:00 – 12:00 Chair: Nassef Manabilang Adiong


Postmaterialist Intergenerational Value Change in Arab Spring States

Elkelani, Zeyad Mohamed (paper submitted)


Neo-Islamism in the Post-Arab Spring: Paving the way ahead for Islamist

Thaha, Mahboob (paper submitted)


Syria: Changing actors – from socialist and nationalistic ideologies to religion and rebel groups

Fahlstrom Spik, Gabriella

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00 Chair: Raffaele Mauriello


Major Traditions on War Ethics and Hezbollah’s Decades-long Conflict against Israel

Kızılkaya, Zafer (paper submitted)


The Power of everyday religious discourse for Hizbullah’s political strategy

Farida, Mariam (paper submitted)


Role of Islam in Iran’s Foreign Policy

Gaffar, Md. Abdul

15:00 – 16:00 Coffee break at Mensa
16:00 – 17:30 Chair: Nassef Manabilang Adiong


Turkey’s Foreign and Religion Policies with Intervention of the Diyanet in the Balkan Peninsula

Gözaydın, Prof. Dr. İştar; Öztürk, Ahmet Erdi (paper submitted)


Conspiracy theory or IR theory? War on terrorism and higher education teaching in Pakistan

Aslam, Wali


Tunisian civil society and its international links

Refle, Jan-Erik (paper submitted)

19:30 Convenors’ dinner (by invitation only) at Schwärzlocher Hof


Friday, 8 April 2016

09:00 – 10:30 Chair: Raffaele Mauriello


Beyond Terrorism and Disorder: Assessing Islamist Visions of World Order

Pfeifer, Hanna (paper submitted)


Islamic Rhetoric of Cooperation and International Relations in the Discourse of Middle Eastern Leadership

Al-Anbar, Khaled A.


The effects of the individualization of Islamic agency on political Islam

Günay, Cengiz Yakup (paper submitted)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break at Mensa
11:00 – 12:00 Chair: Nassef Manabilang Adiong


Listening to Khamenei: Iran’s Leader on Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations

Mauriello, Raffaele; Marandi, Seyed Mohammad (paper submitted)


Yet Another View on World Politics!? – Sayyid Qutb’s fundamentalist Approach to ‘The Universalism of Islam’ and its reading as an alternative piece of thought

Sadiq, Atia Qader (paper submitted)


Davutoglu’s Alternative Paradigm to the Global Order: the Case of Morality in the Turkish Foreign Policy

Magued, Shaimaa

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00 Chair: Raffaele Mauriello


God Asked Cain, “Where is Abel Thy Brother?” Huntington Replied, “I Know Not; Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” A Christian Reaffirmation and Invitation to Islamic Response to Kairos Palestine

Sadje, Hadje Cresencio


The Utilization of the Ancient Egyptian Heritage by Modern Egyptian Regimes

Langer, Christian (paper submitted)


Indigenous Knowledge, Globalization and African Identity

Nwaka, Geoffrey I

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break at Mensa
16:30 – 17:30 Chairs: Nassef Manabilang Adiong and Raffaele Mauriello


Conclusion: Asking everyone for observations, interest in publication projects, assistance for future workshops and seminars, and as regards topics, concerns and issues they may want to raise. Participants overall evaluation and assessment of the workshop.

Photos for documentation purposes.


Notes on Participants


Ahmet Erdi Öztürk was born in Ankara in 1986. He had educated at the Ataturk Anatolian College. Meanwhile, he was a member of the swimming teams of various clubs including Fenerbahce. He had the honour of winning several national championships. Having completed his Bachelor`s degree at the Department of Political Science and International Relations in Baskent University, he wrote a graduation paper, which is about Hizmet Movement, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Simten Cosar. Ozturk holds his first master degree (Master of Arts) from the Political Science Department in Hacettepe University. His thesis was written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Berrin Koyuncu, which is ”Islam and Capitalism Relation under the Case of Hizmet Movement” (it will be published in 2016). Furthermore, he studied at Barcelona Autonoma University, Political Science Department as a post-graduate level and got a master of research degree as well. Currently, he is a Phd member of Ljubljana University, Political Science Department, Balkan Studies. He is looking for modern Turkish political life, state-civil society relations, Islam and politics, and protests movements. He has been presenting papers both national and international academic meetings such as IPSA 2012 and SISP 2014. Moreover he signed a book contract with IB.Tauris “ Competitive Autoriterianizm in Turkey during the AKP Period. He has been attending TV programmes as a speaker and writing articles both English and Turkish for some newspapers and issues such as Birgun, Zaman, Today’s Zaman, Hurriyet Daily News, Open Democracy, T24 and Polities.

Atia Qader Sadiq studied History and Culture of the Middle East/ Islamic Studies (Bachelor of Arts) at the Freie Universität Berlin, before she enrolled for the International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies Master’s program at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main. Ms. Sadiq is member of the think tank and dialogue board “Junge Islamkonferenz” (Youth Islam Conference), the Muslime Aller Herkunft Deutscher Identität Association (M.A.H.D.I.-e.V.), and besides fosters interreligious dialogue in her position as local representative for interreligious dialogue at her local community. Last year, she was chosen among the very first awardees to be granted a government-funded scholarship named Avicenna-Academic Foundation for promising Muslim students in Germany.

Cengiz Günay is Senior Researcher at Austrian Institute for International Affairs and Lecturer at the University of Vienna.

Christian Langer is an Egyptologist and Doctoral Candidate at the Freie Universität Berlin. The topic of his doctoral dissertation is deportations in ancient Egyptian history between 3000 BCE and 332 BCE. His published MA thesis is on the 18th Dynasty imperialism. Christian’s research interests are political and social history, political theory, imperialism and colonialism, ideology, foreign and domestic policy, unfree labour and forced migration in pharaonic Egypt as well as the colonial heritage of Egyptology and its impact on modern Egyptian society.”
1) Aspekte des Imperialismus in der Außenpolitik der 18. Dynastie, Nordostafrikanisch/Westasiatische Studien 7, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2013.
2) “The Poilitical Realism of the Egyptian Elite: A Comparison between the Teaching for Merikare and Niccolò Machiavelli’s Il Principe”, Journal of Egyptian History 8 (2015): 49-79.
-Academic website:

Farhood Badri holds an M.A. in political science and philosophy. He is research fellow at the Chair of International Relations, Department of Political Science of the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. His PhD-project theoretically reconstructs the global discourse on religious freedom and empirically analyses the situation of non-Muslim religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He is associated member of the research project “Interreligious Dialogue and the Global Norm of Religious Freedom” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). His research interests are norms and norm contestation in IR, religion and world politics, and the legitimacy of transnational and global governance.

Gabriella Fahlstrom Spik is an independent scholar.

Hadje Cresencio Sadje is an associate member in the Center for Palestine Studies-SOAS University of London UK. He is currently a master student at the Protestant Theological University-Groningen and has been working with various faith-based organisation including, Escaping Barcode Life-The Netherlands, PhISO, and Foundation University-Amsterdam The Netherlands.

Hanna Pfeifer is a research associate at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. Previously, she worked as a research associate at the Munich School of Philosophy and the University of Magdeburg. She studied Political Science, Philosophy and Mathematics at the University of Munich and Sciences Po (IEP) Paris. Her PhD project deals with Discursive Struggles over World Order: Exploring Encounters between “Islamists” and the “West”. She is interested in questions at the intersection of Political Theory and International Relations.
-More information are available
-Pfeifer, H. 2016 (with Reder, M., forthcoming): Governance im Spannungsfeld von Frieden und Gerechtigkeit, in: Werkner, I.-J./Ebeling, K. (eds.): Handbuch Friedensethik, Springer VS: Wiesbaden.

Jan-Erik Refle is a PhD candidate at the University of Lausanne (Institut d’études politiques, historiques et internationals) working under the supervision of Prof. Florence Passy and associated to the Institut de recherché sur le Maghreb contemporain (IRMC), Tunis. He works on social movements and democratization in Tunisia from a framing perspective in order to evaluate the influence of mobilization on democratization processes. Additional research interests include International Relations, MENA and identity questions. Jan-Erik Refle is engaged in teaching quantitative methods and courses on social movements at the institute and he holds degrees from the Free University of Berlin (DE) and Roskilde Universitetscenter (DK). He was furthermore lecturer at the International Business Academy in Kolding, Denmark and worked at Adelphi, a think tank specialised on environmental policies and conference organization. Jan-Erik Refle is equally member of the scientific board of the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse occidentale (CUSO) and the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization.
-Recent Publications:
—Refle J.-E., What is a social movement? (Book Review). Social Movement Studies, p. 2, 04-2015
—Refle J.-E.,Youth and revolution in Tunisia (Book Review). Social Movement Studies, p.2, 02-2016

Khaled A. Al-Anbar is affiliated with the University of Southampton, UK.

Mahboob Thaha
At present I am Research Scholar at Jamia Millia Islamia. My graduation is in Islamic Studies and post graduation in Quranic studies as well as in Islamic studies. I did M.Phil in the Centre for West Asian Studies and the topic of the thesis was ‘The Islamic Movement in Israel – Nature and Discourse’. At Present I am pursuing PhD from the same centre on the topic “Between Political Party and civil society initiative – Muslim Brotherhood’s identity in Egyptian society with special reference to its social services”. My research interests are Islam and Pluralism, Islam and Civil society, Islamic movements in West Asia etc. I maintain a blog named where my publications can be accessed.

Mariam Farida
As a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, my research interests are Middle East Politics and guerrilla warfare. I studied Politics and International Relations in Australia and Lebanon. Also, I have conducted field research in the Middle East (primarily about Hizbullah’s recruitment and organization strategy) and have worked in Academia and research consultancy at the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney. I have tutored courses ranging from International Relations to International Law and Middle East Politics, in addition to giving seminar talks about Arab States, Identity and Ideology.
-Recent publications include:
—International Review of Social Research 2015; 5(3): 167–178, “A Casuistic explanation to Hizbullah’s realpolitik: Interpreting the re-interpreted”.
—Journal For Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism (2010); 5(2): 71-77, “Field Notes on Hizbullah’s Recruitment, Training and Organisational Structure”.
-Academic profile:

Nassef Manabilang Adiong is a lifelong learner of comparative study between Islam and International Relations. He created the IR-IS Research Cohort on December 2012 that became Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) on November 2013. In addition to his service to profession, he founded the Philippine International Studies Organization (PhISO) on September 2015. To view the list of his publications, please go to

Raffaele Mauriello is an historian specializing in contemporary Shi‘a Islam, international relations and geopolitics. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran. He achieved a first-class honours degree in Oriental Languages and Civilizations (2002) and a PhD in Islamic Civilization: History and Philology (2009) from the Sapienza, University of Rome. There, he studied under the supervision of the renowned scholar Prof. Biancamaria Scarcia Amoretti, the doyen of Islamic Studies in Italy. In 2013, he was awarded The World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of Islamic Studies. Dr. Mauriello is fluent in Persian, Arabic, English, Spanish, and French. His mother tongue is Italian. For a list of conference papers, media appearances, etc., with the possibility to download some of his essays, visit his profile on Academia:

Wali Aslam joined the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies of the University of Bath in September 2013. Previously he was Lecturer in International Relations at Brunel University. Having attained a BA and an MA degree in Pakistan, Dr Aslam attended the University of Leeds for another MA and a PhD – both of which were in International Studies. He has extensive experience of teaching in higher education, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The universities where he taught before joining Brunel in September 2012 include Forman Christian University (Lahore, Pakistan), the University of Glasgow and Brunel University.

Zafer Kızılkaya is Joint PhD Candidate at the University of VUB (Free University of Brussels) and at Belgian RMA (Royal Military Academy). Research interest: Just War Theory, Hezbollah, Military Ethics

Zeyad Mohamed Elkelani currently works at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University. Moreover, he is the political science coordinator at its International Relations Office. Zeyad received a joint MA degree in Comparative Middle East Politics and Society (CMEPS) from both the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Tübingen University in Germany, and BSc in Political Science from Cairo University. Before joining Cairo University, Zeyad worked for AMIDEAST, an American NGO based in MENA and previously as research assistant at the Future Studies Unit in Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Zeyad’s research focuses on democratization, mass Arab attitudes, generational change in MENA and US.-Egypt Relations. In addition to his academic interests, he is a frequent media contributor and writes for the Huffington Press.

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