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The Australian National University

Dr Raihan Ismail

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Political Science 1606
  • Islamic Studies 220403


Raihan Ismail is a lecturer at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses.

Her research interests include Islam, Political Islam, sectarianism and Middle East politics. She regularly participates in conferences, seminars and forums presenting her research. She has presented at the Crawford Australian Leadership forum 'Global Realities', discussing challenges and opportunities for the Middle East. She co-convenes the Political Islam seminar series for various government departments and agencies, including DFAT and Defence. She is also a regular commentator in the Australian media on Islam and Middle East politics.

She has published in both academic and non-academic outlets. She is the author of Saudi Clerics and Shia Islam, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Islamic Studies, a Masters in International Relations from the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and a PhD from the ANU.

Researcher's projects

a) Salafi Movements

b) Cross-sectarian cooperation in Iraq

c) Religious Authorites in Muslim Societies

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Updated:  22 February 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers