Prof. Ihsan Yilmaz

Research Chair of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at Deakin University


Professor Ihsan Yilmaz is Research Chair of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. His current research is focused on Islam-state-society relations in Turkey and among Turkey’s diasporas in the West along with research into local, national and transnational socio-political engagement in Muslim minority communities, particularly in the United Kingdom and Australia. He has also been working on securitisation of non-majority ethnoreligious identities, Islamist populism, Islamist victimhood and conspiracy theories in Turkey, Pakistan and Indonesia. He has been invited by several eminent think-tanks, universities and governmental bodies in many parts of the world as either keynote speaker, guest lecturer or expert witness in areas related to his expertise.

Professor Yilmaz’s much-cited book “Muslim Laws, Politics and Society in Modern Nation States: Dynamic Legal Pluralism in England, Turkey and Pakistan (Routledge 2005, reprinted 2016)” has been a pathbreaker in the study of unofficial Islamic legal pluralism in secular nation-states.

Professor Yilmaz is also a public intellectual, communicating directly with the general public his ideas, opinions and research findings. He has been actively using Twitter for the last decade and has about 195.000 followers.

He has been interviewed by several international TV and radio news channels and newspapers such as CNN International, Al Jazeera, ABC, China State TV, Russia Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, El Pais, Le Temps, Al Ahram, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He was a columnist for the English-language daily newspaper Today’s Zaman where he wrote twice a week (2007-2016), wrote three times a week for Meydan Gazetesi (2015-2016), and had his weekly TV political debate programme on Samanyolu TV (2014-2015).

He was a professor of political science at Istanbul Fatih University (2008-2016), lecturer in law, social sciences and politics at SOAS, University of London (2001-2008) where he taught “Islamic Law and Society”, “Legal Systems of Asia and Africa” and “Turkish Politics” at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before SOAS, he was a fellow at Center for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford (1999-2001) where he worked on Muslim political participation in the UK and unofficial Muslim laws of young Muslims in the West.

He regularly contributes to Turkey Institute.


Legitimisation of authoritarianism through democratic mechanisms: The case of Angola and Turkey

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz has presented (via Skype) a co-authored paper at a roundtable discussion organised by The Turkey Institute (London) on “Attempts to legitimise...   Read More

Turkey’s Transnational Islamist Law: Radicalisation of Sunni Turks in the West

The gradual radicalisation of Muslim youth in recent years has been perhaps one of the greatest challenges to national security in Western countries. Non-state...   Read More

Talk on Turkey with Ihsan Yilmaz: Turkey after the Presidential Referendum

Talk on Turkey with Ihsan Yilmaz: Turkey after the Presidential Referendum

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