Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz
Ihsan Yilmaz is a chair in Islamic Studies and research professor of political science and international relations at Deakin University’s ADI (Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation). Previously, he worked at the Universities of Oxford and London, demonstrating a strong track record of successfully leading multi-site international research projects. At Deakin, his projects have received funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), Department of Veteran Affairs, Victorian Government, and Gerda Henkel Foundation.
Presently, he leads two ARC Discovery projects: “Civilisationist Mobilisation, Digital Technologies, and Social Cohesion: The Case of Turkish & Indian Diasporas in Australia” (in collaboration with Prof Greg Barton) and “Religious Populism, Emotions, and Political Mobilisation: Civilisationism in Turkey, Indonesia, and Pakistan.” Additionally, he co-leads a Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany) project titled: “Smart Digital Technologies and the Future of Democracy in the Muslim World.”
He stands as one of Australia’s foremost scholars on religion & law & politics, authoritarianism, digital politics, populism, transnationalism, soft power, and sharp power, with a particular focus on Turkey, Indonesia, and Pakistan. His prolific authorship is evident through publications in leading political science and international relations journals across the globe.
Furthermore, he holds the position of a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Oxford University’s Regent College and is associated with the Brussels-based think tank, the European Center for Populism Studies (ECPS).
His advisory role extends to numerous government departments, policy makers, and bureaucrats in the UK, USA, EU, and Turkey. His contributions span renowned institutions such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Brookings and Hudson Institutes, as well as esteemed media outlets including CNN, BBC, the New York Times, ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian.
He is the author of Authoritarianism, Informal Law, and Legal Hybridity (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and Creating the Desired Citizen (published by Cambridge University Press).
He held the position of professor of political science at Istanbul Fatih University from 2008 to 2016. During his time at SOAS, University of London, from 2001 to 2008, he served as a lecturer in law, social sciences, and politics. Within this role, he taught courses such as “Islamic Law and Society,” “Legal Systems of Asia and Africa,” and “Turkish Politics” at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Before joining SOAS, he was a fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, from 1999 to 2001. During this period, his work centred around Muslim political participation in the UK and the informal Muslim laws among young Muslims in Western countries.
Latest by Ihsan Yilmaz
Military and Populism: An Introduction April 26, 2021.
The Others of Islamist Civilizational Populism in AKP’s Turkey February 4, 2023.
The nexus of religious populism and digital authoritarianism in Pakistan December 1, 2022.
Civilizational Populism Around the World July 31, 2022.
Religious populism in Israel: The case of Shas March 30, 2022.
Civilizationist Populism in South Asia: Turning India Saffron February 24, 2022.
A Quest for Identity: The Case of Religious Populism in Pakistan April 26, 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.