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Dr Faiz Sheikh

Dr Faiz Sheikh

Teaching Associate

Research Interests

Faiz Sheikh is an International Relations researcher with an interest in political theory, political Islam and global governance. His work to date has focused on the history of ideas, especially of international politics, and interrogating how international such concepts are. Assuming that in fact much of how we theorise international politics comes from more of a European – rather than international – body of knowledge, he’s interested in exploring what lies ‘outside’ this conceptualisation.


POL 4: Comparative Politics

POL 12: The Politics of the Middle East

Key Publications

Books and Chapters

Islam and International Relations: Exploring Community and the Limits of Universalism, (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016)

Winner of the University of Sussex 2017 International Theory Prize.

‘Remembering the umma in the confines of the nation state’, in Garnett, J and Hausner, S (eds): Religion in Diaspora: Cultures of Citizenship (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), co-authored with Samantha May

‘The Zombie Apocalypse: A Fictional State of Nature?’ in: Babic, A.A. (ed): Comics as History, Comics as Literature: Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment (New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson, 2013)

Other Publications


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

‘The religious as political and the political as religious: globalization, post-secularism and the shifting boundaries of the sacred’ (Politics, Religion & Ideology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2014), pp. 331-346, co-authored with Samantha May, Erin Wilson and Claudia Baumgart

 ‘Two sides of the same coin? The Muslim umma and the European Union’, (Politics, Religion & Ideology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2014), pp. 422-455

Book Reviews

‘Who Speaks for the Islamic World? Religion, Identity and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’, (Politics, Religion & Ideology, vol. 18, no. 1, 2017), pp. 117-121

Book Review: The Ayatollahs’ Democracy: An Iranian Challenge by Hooman Majd, (LSE Review of Books [Online], 1 April 2012). Available from:

Blog posts

‘From Marvel to Reality: The comic book tradition of challenging cultural norms could tackle Islamophobia’, The Majalla [Online], 1st March 2014. Available at:

‘Race and the study of religion: ‘West’ and ‘East’, or White and non-White?’ The Religion Factor [Online], 18 December 2013. Available at:


Globus (Croatian weekly magazine), number 1427, Wed 13th Apr 2018. Topic: Democracy in the Middle East. Available at:

Sunday Morning Live (TV show), BBC1, Series 5, Episode 12, Sun 28th Sep 2014. Topic: British intervention in Syria