MUP Islamic Studies Series

Melbourne University Publishing, in conjunction with the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, is a research publication series promoting scholarly studies on Islam. The Series Editor is Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh, Deputy Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne.

The Islamic Studies Series (ISS) offers a welcome opportunity for Australia-based scholars to bring their research activity to the attention of the national and international academic community. It is hoped that the series will contribute to the consolidation of the community of scholars on Islamic and Muslim affairs, and serve as a tool to showcase Australian research excellence internationally.

Books in the ISS are based on original research and represent a number of disciplines including anthropology, cultural studies, sociology and political science.

Topics of interest

All original research on Islam and issues pertaining to Islamic and Muslim affairs in Australia and beyond will be considered. Submissions may range from cultural studies of the Muslim diaspora, to theological explorations of Islam and the international repercussions of Islamic militancy. Submissions on contemporary issues are strongly encouraged.

Selection process

All submissions need to be based on primary research. Earlier published material will not be considered. Books in the ISS are refereed publications that are committed to research excellence. The Series Editor’s decision to publish will be based on the referee reports of two anonymous referees.

Length of monographs

Submissions should not exceed 45,000 words (including references). An ideal monograph is 35,000 words plus references.

Submission process

Monographs need to be submitted in three hard copies to:

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh
Series Editor
Academic Monographs, Islamic Studies Series
National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies
Asia Institute
University of Melbourne, Vic. 3010

Please include in your submission a brief biographical note and an abstract. Authors are encouraged to make contact with the Series Editor before hard copy submission. Queries may be directed to Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh, T: 03 8344 8895, E:

About the publisher

Melbourne University Publishing Ltd inherits the proud 80-year history of Melbourne University Press, which was founded in 1922. The MUP Academic Monograph Series showcases the very best of Australian academic research and writing from a broad range of disciplines. Books published into the MUP Academic Monograph Series are available at all leading campus bookstores, and also as e-books and print-on-demand hard copy books at MUP’s online store:

Contact details

For submission and general series enquiries:
Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh, T: 03 8344 8895, E:

For MUP sales enquiries:
T: +61 3 9342 0300
F: +61 3 9342 0399

MUP Islamic Studies Series Available Now:

ISS1:  Islam and the Question of Reform
ISS2:  Identity, Education and Belonging
ISS3:  Political Culture and Conflict Resolution
ISS4:  Islam and the Australian News Media
ISS5:  Challenging Identities
ISS6:  Muslims in Australia
ISS7:  Islam and Contemporary Civilisation
ISS8:  The Afghanistan Conflict and Australia’s Role
ISS9:  Banning Islamic Books in Australia
ISS10: Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Representation and National Belonging
ISS11: Women's Human Rights and the 'Muslim Question'
ISS12: The Arab Revolutions in Context
ISS13: Making Australian Foreign Policy on Israel-Palestine
ISS14: Islam and Society

ISS15: Family Law and Australian Muslim Women new

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MUP Islamic Studies Series' Board of Advisors

A/Professor Syed Farid Alatas

Department of Sociology
National University of Singapore

Professor Howard V. Brasted

Director, UNE Asia Centre
University of New England

Professor John Esposito

Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
University Professor of Religion and International Affairs
Georgetown University

Emeritus Professor Riaz Hassan AM, FASSA

ARC Australian Professorial Fellow
Department of Sociology
Flinders University

Professor Robert Hefner

Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs
Boston University

Professor Michael Humphrey

Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Policy
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
University of Sydney

Professor William Maley AM

Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy
Australian National University

Professor James Piscatori

Head, School of Government and International Affairs
Durham University

Professor Abdullah Saeed AM

Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies
Director, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies
University of Melbourne

Professor Amin Saikal AM

Director, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia)
Australian National University

Professor Samina Yasmeen

Director, Centre for Muslim States and Societies
School of Social and Cultural Studies
University of Western Australia