The Editors

Image Border Editor: Co-IRIS editors analyze the interaction between Islam and international relations (IR). It shows how Islam is a conceptualization of ideas that affect people’s thinking and behavior in their capacity to relate with IR as both discipline and practice. Since the inception of Co-IRIS in 2013, the editors express their gratitude to all those numerous colleagues and friends who participated in their activities and shared their knowledge, ideas, suggestions and comments on how to improve Co-IRIS. They are also grateful to Mr. Hany Bardissi for developing their first website. The Co-IRIS activities include the following:

  1. Section on “Critical Relations between IR and Islam” at the European International Studies Association’s (EISA) Conference held on 18–21 September 2013 in Warsaw, Poland.
  2. Symposium at the EISA Exploratory Symposia held from October 30 to November 02, 2013 in Rapallo, Italy.
  3. Panels at the IR conference of the Middle East Technical University held on 25–27 June 2014 in Ankara, Turkey.
  4. Panel on “Islamic Perspectives on Theory and Praxis in IR” at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) held on 18–22 August 2014 in Ankara, Turkey.
  5. Panel at the XII Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies held on 16–17 January 2015 in Venice, Italy.
  6. Panels at the International Studies Association’s (ISA) Convention held on 18–21 February 2015 in New Orleans, USA.
  7. Workshop on “Worlding beyond the Clash of Civilizations: An Agenda for an International Relations – Islam Discourse” at EISA Workshops held on 6–8 April 2016 in Tübingen, Germany.
  8. Section on “Islam in World Affairs: Politics and Paradigms” at EISA Conference held on 13–16 September 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
  9. Symposium on “Islam and International Relations” and a Meeting-in-Conjunction at WOCMES held on 16–22 July 2018 in Seville, Spain.
  10. Series of book launch at SOAS, Philippine Embassy, University of Oxford, OCIS, and Royal Holloway from January 15 to 18, 2019 in London, Oxford, and Egham.
  11. Section on “The Unseen IR: Islam and the Study of the ‘International’” at EISA Conference to be held on 11-14 September 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Co-IRIS editors edit, advise, and supports the following publications:

  • International Journal of Islam in Asia (Brill Publishers; click here for details)
  • Islam and Global Studies series (Palgrave Macmillan; click here for details)
  • Islam and International Relations series (Gerlach Press; click here for details)
  • Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan; click here for details)

We invite everyone to submit your proposals. Thank you.

NassefNassef Manabilang Adiong is associate professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman. In the same university, he is the project leader of the CIDS Decolonial Studies Program, former co-convenor of CIDS Islamic Studies Program, and affiliate faculty member of the Center for International Studies. He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, Muslim governance in the Philippines, and political interaction of Muslim societies with Western modernity. He founded Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network), and initiated the creation of DSP (Decolonial Studies Program) at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. His works are available at

DeinaDeina Abdelkader is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a visiting scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University. Abdelkader is a Comparitivist and International Relations specialist. Her scholarly interests and research focus on the regions of the Middle East and North Africa. Her research topics are comparative democratization in the Muslim world, Islamic activism, and the role of Muslim women in religious interpretation. She is the author of Social Justice in Islam (2000) and Islamic Activists: The Anti-Enlightenment Democrats (Pluto Press, 2011). Abdelkader is also one of two women on the Islamic Jurisprudential Council of North America (Fiqh Council of North America), and she is part of the editorial board of the Digest of Middle East Studies. Abdelkader is a co-founder of the Research Cohort of Islam and Democracy and co-editor of the Co-IRIS publications.

RaffaeleRaffaele Mauriello is an assistant professor on the Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran (Iran), and an invited lecturer at the master’s program in Geopolitics and Global Security at the Sapienza, University of Rome. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research fellow on the faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran (2015–2017). He received a PhD in Islamic Civilization: History and Philology (2009) from the Sapienza, University of Rome. Dr. Mauriello is a historian and linguist, specializing in International Relations, Islam, Iran and the Hispanic World. He is the co-founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and serves as co-editor of the International Journal of Islam in Asia (BRILL), and the Islam and International Relations (Gerlach Press) and Islam and Global Studies (Palgrave Macmillan) book series. 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 for his monograph Descendants of the Family of the Prophet in Contemporary History: A Case Study, the Šī‘ī Religious Establishment of al-Nağaf (Iraq). Dr. Mauriello is a regular commentator on international affairs on television (BBC, HispanTV, PressTV, RussiaToday) and radio (Radio3Mondo, RSI, Radio24, RadioCusanoCampus, RNE).

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