Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz

Nonresident Senior Research Fellow

Ihsan Yilmaz is Research Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

He has conducted research on nation-building; citizenship; ethnic-religious-political identities and their securitization (Middle East, Pakistan, Indonesia); minority-majority relations (Australia, Turkey, the UK, and the USA); socio-legal affairs, identities, belonging and political participation of Muslim minorities in the West (the UK, Australia, and the USA); Islam-state-society relations in the majority and minority contexts; global Islamic movements; political Islam in a comparative perspective; Turkish politics; authoritarianization; Turkish diasporas (the UK, Australia, the USA); transnationalism; intergroup contact (Australia); and politics of victimhood (Australia, Turkey).

Dr. Yilmaz was a professor of political science at Istanbul Fatih University (2008-2016). He was a 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 the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before SOAS, he was a fellow at the 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.

Latest by Ihsan Yilmaz


Civilizational populist Netanyahu’s election victory and rise of Religious Zionist Party in Israel November 3, 2022

The Silence of the Khans: The pragmatism of Islamist populist Imran Khan and his mentor Erdogan in persecuting Muslim minorities June 26, 2021.

The Islamist Populism, Anti-Westernism and Civilizationism of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs May 19, 2021.

How Are Religious Emotions Instrumentalized in the Supply of and Demand for Populism? May 18, 2021.

Different ways in which religion and populism intersect within world’s great faiths May 8, 2021.

The Islamic Defenders Front: The Face of Indonesia’s Far-Right Islamism May 7, 2021.

Military and Populism: An Introduction April 26, 2021.

Transnational Islamist Populism between Pakistan and Turkey: The Case of Dirilis – Ertugrul April 15, 2021.


The nexus of religious populism and digital authoritarianism in Pakistan December 1, 2022.

Nationalism, Religion, and Archaeology: The Civilizational Populism of Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud October 10, 2022.

Manufacturing Civilisational Crises: Instrumentalisation of Anti-Western Conspiracy Theories for Populist Authoritarian Resilience in Turkey and Pakistan August 15, 2022.

Islamist Populists in Power: Promises, Compromises and Attacks on Democratic Institutions August 7, 2022.

Civilizational Populism Around the World July 31, 2022.

Religious populism in Israel: The case of Shas March 30, 2022.

Military and Populism: A Global Tour with a Special Emphasis on the Case of Pakistan March 1, 2022.

Civilizationist Populism in South Asia: Turning India Saffron February 24, 2022.

Religious Populism and Vigilantism: The Case of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan January 23, 2022.

A Quest for Identity: The Case of Religious Populism in Pakistan April 26, 2021.

Religious Populism, Cyberspace and Digital Authoritarianism in Asia: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey January 20, 2022.


Populism, Violence, and Vigilantism in Indonesia: Rizieq Shihab and His Far-Right Islamist Populism May 14, 2021.

Erdogan’s Political Journey: From Victimised Muslim Democrat to Authoritarian, Islamist Populist February 14, 2021.

Imran Khan: From Cricket Batsman to Populist Captain Tabdeli of Pakistan February 10, 2021.

The AKP’s Authoritarian, Islamist Populism: Carving out a New Turkey February 5, 2021.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf: Pakistan’s Iconic Populist Movement February 3, 2021.







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