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Director of Centre for Muslim States and Societies, The University of Western Australia

Professor Samina Yasmeen is Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies and lectures in Political Science and International Relations in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth.

Professor Yasmeen is a specialist in political, and strategic developments in South Asia(particularly Pakistan), the role of Islam in world politics, and citizenship among immigrant women. She is the author of Understanding Muslim Identities: From Perceived Relative Exclusion to Inclusion (2008). The research focuses on Muslims in Australia. It was commissoned by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and the Office of Multicultural Interests, Government of Western Australia, as part of the National Action Plan. She also conducted a large scale study on the Settlement Needs of Muslims living in Perth Metropolitan Area in the 1990s. Her research on social inclusion and exclusion dynamics focus primarily on Muslim women and Citizenship in Australia.

As a specialist on politico-strategic developments in South Asia, Professor Yasmeen has focused on the role of Islamisation in Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policy. Her current research focuses on the role of Islamic militant groups, their prescriptions for social and political structures for Muslim states, and the implications of these ideas for Pakistan’s stability and foreign policy. She has conducted research on groups including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish Mohammad.


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    Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia