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Adjunct Research Fellow, and founding member of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Aotearoa (MEISA) network, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

Hanlie’s main research interest concerns the relationship between Islam and politics. Her PhD thesis explained the moderate platform of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (SMB), against the inclusion-moderation hypothesis. Currently, she is researching Muslim religiosity in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Writing projects include Iran's foreign policy towards Syria, teaching 'Islam and Politics' in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and turning her dissertation on the SMB into a book.

Hanlie’s research interest in the Arab Middle East has been served well by her former career as a diplomat to Jordan (1993-1997), Chargé d'Affaires to Palestine (2000 – 2004), and Deputy Head of Mission to Syria (2009 – 2012).


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington


  • 2018 
    Victoria University of Wellington, PhD Religious Studies
  • 2000 
    Durham University, MA Middle Eastern Studies


  • 2018
    Chapter 7: Surviving the Syrian Uprising: The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, New Opposition in the Middle East