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    Research Interests

    (Comparative) political thought, religion, intellectual history, International Relations (IR). The global politics and intellectual history of radicalism and anarchism, secular and religious: the transcultural politics of dissent; Islam and liberalism; counter-terrorism; IR theory; globalisation.


    Research Statement

    Zaheer Kazmi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mitchell Institute. He has a BA (Hons) in Politics (SOAS), an MSc (Econ) in International Relations (LSE) and a PhD in international political theory (Cambridge). His interdisciplinary and comparative work crosses the study of political thought, religion, International Relations (IR) and intellectual history.

    He works on the global politics and intellectual history of radicalism and anarchism with a focus on the transcultural politics of dissent, secular and religious. He is also interested in the relationship between Islam and liberalism and the impact and evolution of Western counter-terrorism policies since 9/11.  

    His latest book is Islam After Liberalism (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2017), edited with Faisal Devji. He is the author of Polite Anarchy in International Relations Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), a study of anarchist thought and international relations, and the co-editor of an interdisciplinary volume on global Islamist militancy called Contextualising Jihadi Thought (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2012). He has also published articles in the peer-reviewed academic journals Modern Intellectual History, Review of International Studies and The Journal of Political Ideologies.

    He was previously a Senior Research Analyst at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2006-11). Since leaving the diplomatic service, he has held various research and visiting positions: Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford (2011-12), ESRC Mid-Career Fellow at the Faculty of History, Oxford University (2012-14), Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University (2014-15), and Associate Member of the Faculty of History, Oxford University. He has also worked in the faith and human rights international NGO sectors, including as an NGO representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights, Geneva.

    He has published articles in various media outlets including The GuardianThe Times Literary Supplement, Foreign AffairsProspectThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Aeon Magazine and Open Democracy, and the arts and culture magazines TANKThe Brooklyn Rail, and 3AM Magazine.

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    Frequent Journals

    • Journal of Political Ideologies

      ISSNs: 1356-9317

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-9613

      Taylor and Francis Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.02 SJR 0.477 SNIP 1.2


    • Review of International Studies

      ISSNs: 0260-2105

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-9044

      Reader, Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.607 SNIP 1.674


    • Modern Intellectual History

      ISSNs: 1479-2451

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1479-2443

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.41 SJR 0.221 SNIP 1.531


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