Research papers and studies series

Research papers MUP Islamic Studies Series

Master of Arts (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) supervision

The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies offers research supervision across a wide range of areas such as modern Islamic thought, philosophy, politics, literature and law.

The Centre's three universities are well known for their substantial undergraduate and graduate programs as well as research excellence in Arabic and Islamic Studies. The Centre engages widely published teaching and research staff who are internationally renowned for their research expertise in their respective fields. Many are regularly awarded research grants by national and international agencies and hold joint appointments in a range of academic departments including medicine, political science, history and law.

Prospective candidates interested in pursuing graduate research in the Centre are advised to contact a potential supervisor and discuss their research proposals before submitting an application. The Centres research focus and interests can be found below.

Master of Arts (Thesis Only) Doctor of Philosophy (Arts)

Scholarship information

Listed below are links to various scholarship programs for prospective candidates interested in pursuing graduate research in Australia.

Research focus and interests

Professor Abdullah Saeed

  • Negotiation of text and context, ijtihad and interpretation in Islamic thought
  • Qur'anic hermeneutics
  • Islamic law reform
  • Islamic law and freedom of religion
  • Islam and human rights
  • Islamic thought in Indonesia
  • Muslim communities in Australia
  • Christian-Muslim relations

Dr Abdul-Samad Abdullah

  • Arabic poetry of West Africa/ West African Arabic literature
  • Arabic poetry in Qur’anic narratives
  • Modern and classical Arabic literature
  • Arabic rhetoric and stylistics
  • Modern Islamic thought
  • Qur’anic exegesis
  • Islam in West Africa

Dr Muhammad Kamal

  • Modern Islamic thought
  • Philosophies of Hegel
  • Western Existentialism
  • Philosophies of Heidegger
  • Mulla Sadra’s existential philosophy

Associate Professor Richard Pennell

  • Modern political history
  • History of North Africa, particularly Morocco and Libya
  • History of criminal trials abroad and national identity
  • History of armed jihad