Melbourne University Press Islamic Studies Series

The Melbourne University Press Islamic Studies Series (ISS) is aimed at producing internationally competitive research manuscripts that showcase the breadth of scholarship on Islam and Muslim affairs, making these studies available to a wide readership.

Books in the series are based on original research and represent a number of disciplines including anthropology, cultural studies, sociology and political science. Published under MUP’s Academic Monograph Series since 2008, the ISS contributes to the consolidation of the community of scholars on Islamic and Muslim affairs and serves as a tool to showcase Australian research excellence internationally.

Books in the ISS are refereed publications that are committed to research excellence.

The ISS Founding Editor is Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh, Research Professor of Middle East & Central Asian Politics at Deakin University and Deputy Director (International) at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

Submissions on contemporary issues are strongly encouraged. Proposals should be sent to the ISS Editor. For submission and general series enquiries, please contact Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh on +61 (3) 9244 5040 or at

Board of Advisors

  • Professor Syed Farid Alatas, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
  • Professor Howard V. Brasted, Director, UNE Asia Centre, University of New England
  • Professor John Esposito, Director Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding, University Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown University
  • Emeritus Professor Riaz Hassan AM, FASSA, ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, Department of Sociology, Flinders University
  • Professor Robert Hefner, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Boston University
  • Professor Michael Humphrey, Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney
  • Professor William Maley AM, Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University
  • Professor James Piscatori, Head, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University
  • Professor Abdullah Saeed AM, Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic StudiesDirector, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Amin Saikal AM, Director, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia), Australian National University
  • Professor Samina Yasmeen, Director, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, School of Social and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia

ISS 17 The Contemporary Middle East
Adel Abdel Ghafar, Brenton Clark, Jessie Moritz

ISS 15 Family Law and Australian Muslim Women
Helen McCue (editor), Abdullah Saeed (editor)

ISS 5 Challenging Identities
Shahram Akbarzadeh (Editor)

ISS 4 Islam and the Australian News Media
Halim Rane, Jacqui Ewart and Mohamad Abdalla (Editors)

ISS 2 Identity, Education and Belonging
Fethi Mansouri, Sally Percival Wood

ISS 1 Islam and the Question of Reform
Ben Macqueen, Rebecca Barlow and Kylie Baxter (Editors)