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Director of Research

hussin200Dr Iza Hussin’s research occupies the intersection of comparative politics, politics and religion, law and society and world history. Her recent book, The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State (Chicago 2016), explored the making of the category of Islamic law during the colonial period in Malaya, India and Egypt. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon Foundation. Current research projects include work on the dynamics of legal mobility and translation, law’s travels in the Indian Ocean world, and networks of shari’a adjudication, learning and politics in Asia. Dr Hussin is the Mohamed Noah Fellow at Pembroke College and Lecturer in Politics and  International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has been on the faculty at the University of Chicago, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the National University of Singapore, and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard Law School and L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. She is a past Chair of the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, a member of the Advisory Council of the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies, a member of the Committee of Management of the Centre of South Asian Studies, a Research Associate of the Centre for History and Economics, and a member of the Advisory Board of Islamopedia (Harvard). 



Senior Research Fellow


Dr Peter Heslam (MA BA DPhil FRSA) focuses on the interface of business, faith and development. Although largely overlooked, he believes greater understanding of this interface will help deliver practical change that increases human and environmental well-being. He has held various positions within the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford for the past twelve years and is the director of Transforming Business, a network involving business academics, business leaders and policy makers. An international expert on the socio-economic role of business, his academic background includes degrees from Oxford and Cambridge and covers social science, history, ethics and theology. Peter lectures at university and business campuses around the world and has been the recipient of a number of awards. He is a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Rising Powers and of the Institute on Religion and International Studies (CIRIS) at Clare College, University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the International Leadership Association and an adviser to Beyond Profit, Entrepreneurial Leaders, and to the journals Faith in Business Quarterly and the Journal of Markets and Morality. He has been a Visiting Professor at a number of universities and has served as a judge in various international business competitions.


'Governance, Domestic Change, and Social Policy in China. 100 Years after the Xinhai Revolution' edited by Jean-Marc F. Blanchard and Kun-Chin Lin

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'Bargaining with a Rising India. Lessons from the Mahabharata' by Amrita Narlikar and Aruna Narlikar is now available at Oxford University Press.

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International Affairs Special Issue, May 2013, Negotiating the Rise of New Powers

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