Research Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue, Deakin University

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz is Research Chair of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at Deakin University, Australia. He was professor of political science at Istanbul Fatih University between 2008-2016, lecturer in law at SOAS, University of London between 2001-2008 and research scholar at Center for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford between 1999-2001.

He completed his PhD at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 1999. He has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Bogazici University (1994).

He was the Deputy Chair of the Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies at SOAS (2003-2008) and the Founding Director of the London Centre for Social Studies (2003-2008). He had served as the editor of Turkish Journal of Politics (TJP) between 2010-2015 and editor in chief of the European Journal of Economic and Political Studies (EJEPS) between 2009-2013.

His most recent book is (2015) From Kemalism to Erdoganism: Religion, State and Good Citizen in Turkey (in Turkish). He is also the author of (2005, 2016 Reprinted) Muslim Laws, Politics and Society in Modern Nation States: Dynamic Legal Pluralisms in England, Turkey and Pakistan. He is also co-editor with John L. Esposito (2010) Islam and Peacebuilding: Gülen Movement Initiatives; with Paul Weller, (2012) European Muslims, Civility and Public Life: Perspectives on and From the Gülen Movement, London, Continuum and with Greg J. Barton and Paul Weller (2013) Muslim World and Politics: Creative Contributions of the Gülen Movement.

He has published his work in international scholarly journals such as British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Journal, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Muslim World, International Journal of Turkish Studies, Journal for Islamic Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Journal of Caucasian and Central Asian Studies, Journal of Economic and Social Research, International Law and Politics Journal, European Journal of Economic and Political Studies, Turkish Journal of Politics, Journal of Research Society of Pakistan, Insight Turkey and Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.


  • –present
    Professor & Research Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue, Deakin University