Conference Papers & Invited Lectures


  • "Rhetorics of Humiliation: The Case of Islamist Discourse.” Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO. November 24, 2015.
  • “ISIS Propaganda, Performative Violence and the Conquest of Impotence.” Caribbean Philosophical Association Meeting, Cancún, Mexico. June 18-21, 2015.
  • “Islamic Rhetoric of Humiliation in Comparative Perspective,” Social and Political Theory Workshop, Vanderbilt University, January 16, 2015.


  • “Islam and Religious Pluralism?” Research Lecture, The Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, April 21, 2014.
  • “Islamism, Humiliation, and Mobilization of Masculinity,” Political and Moral Thought Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD., October 30, 2014.
  • “Rhetorics of Humiliation: Islamist Discourse in Comparative Perspective,” American Political Science Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 30, 2014
  • “Islamism, Humiliation, and Mobilization of Masculinity,” Political Science Mead Lecture, Trinity College, Hartford, CT., March 25, 2014.


  • “Islam versus the West and Other Fictions.” Museum of Fine Arts Lecture Series, Boston, MA. November 13, 2013. 
  • “Islamism, Humiliation, and the Mobilization of Masculinity.” International Studies Public Forum Lecture. University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. May 2, 2013.
  • "Comparative Political Theory as Practice: Travel, Translation and Islamic Political Thought." Drexel Colloquium in Comparative Political Theory. Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. March 14, 2013.
  • “Islam, Gender and the Politics of Humiliation.” Religion and Politics Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. February 11, 2013


  • “Islam, Gender and the Politics of Humiliation.” Political Theory Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. September 13, 2012


  • “Travel, Translation and Comparative Political Theory.” Mellon Humanities Lecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. August 30, 2011


  • "Journeys." Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, March 24, 2010 
  • "Politics After the Fact: Unfinished Answers, Uncertain Times." Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Wellesley College, Feb. 10, 2010 
  • "Theorizing Past and Future: Between Tocqueville and Tahtawi." Deconstructing Dialogue, New Perspectives on Religious Encounters: Ancient Medieval and Modern, The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago, Jan. 22-23, 2010 


  • “"The Politics of Jihad in Islamist Thought." Annual Sam Clark Memorial Lecture, Western Michigan University, April 15, 2009 
  • "Language Matters: A Post-election Re-reading of Islamist Political Thought." Political Theory Workshop, Brown University, February 26, 2009 


  • “Islamic Cosmopolitanism,” Centre for Ethics Seminar Series, University of Toronto, Canada, September 15, 2008 
  • Roundtable panelist, "Political Ideologies in the Global Age: Continuity or Novelty?" American Political Science Association Meeting, Boston, MA, August 28-31, 2008


  • “Travel, Comparative Knowledge and Muslim Cosmopolitanism,” Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Religion, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, December 7, 2007 
  • Visiting Scholar, Globalization Studies Program, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, September 20-22, 2007
  • “Cosmopolitanisms Past and Present, Muslim and Western,” Distinguished Speaker Series, Department of Political Science, Stanford University, May 14, 2007
  • "Cosmopolitanisms Past and Present, Islamic and Western," Cornell Political Theory Workshop, Cornell University, April 27, 2007
  • "Muslim and Western Cosmopolitanism," Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, March 19, 2007


  • “Muslim and Western Cosmopolitanism.” American Political Science Association Meeting,Philadelphia, PA, August 31-September 3, 2006
  • “Islam vs. Universal Rights?: Power and the Politics of Cultural Authenticity.” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York, NY, July 11, 2006
  • “Cosmopolitanisms Past and Present, Muslim and Western.” Ray Smith Symposium, Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and the Theory of Statecraft,” Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, March 30-April 1, 2006
  • “Travel, Theory and the Search for Knowledge: Muslim and Western Journeys to the Other Shore.” Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, January 23, 2006


  • “Theorizing Past and Future: Between Tocqueville and Tahtawi.” American Political ScienceAssociation Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 31-Sept. 4, 2005
  • Roundtable, “Political Violence in an Era of Globalization.” MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL, January 31-February 1, 2005
  • “The Comparative Politics of Travel.” Political Theory Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, January 28, 2005


  • “Traveling Theorists and Translating Practices.” Political Theory Colloquium, Department of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, December 9, 2004
  • “Travel, Theory, and the Search for Knowledge: Western and Islamic Journeys to ‘The Other Shore’.,” Radcliffe Institute Fellows’ Presentation Series, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA, December 15, 2004
  • “Travel, Theory and the Search for Knowledge.” Columbia University Colloquium on Politics, Religion and Human Rights, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Center for Comparative Studies and Social Science, New York, NY, September 29, 2004
  • “Jihad, Martyrdom, and Political Action.” The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, January 22, 2004


  • “Differences – within and without.” Irreconcilable Differences? Jacques Derrida and the Questionof Religion, Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, October 23-25, 2003
  • “Islamic Fundamentalism, Revolution and the Politics of Jihad.” New York University Public Lecture Series: “The Search for Armageddon: The Rise of Religious Terrorism,” New York, NY, October 8, 2003 
  • “Islam Versus the West and Other Fictions.” University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, September 12, 2003
  • “Marginalized Meanings: Interpretive Strategies in Middle Eastern Politics.” American Political Science Association Meeting, Philadelphia, PA., August 28-31, 2003
  • “Islam Versus the West and Other Fictions.” Brooke Anderson Memorial Lecture, BrownUniversity, Providence, RI, March 18, 2003


  • “Militant Islam: Legitimate Religion or Rationale for Terrorism?” 9/11 Commemoration, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Connecticut College, New London, CT, September 24, 2002
  • “Islam Versus the West and Other Fictions.” Milleret Lecture, Assumption College, Worcester, MA, April 9, 2002
  • “Mincing Words: ‘Islam,’ ‘the West,’ and Other Language Problems.” American PoliticalScience Association Meeting, Boston, MA, August 28-September 1, 2002
  • “Is There a Clash of Civilizations? Can Democracy and Pluralism Exist With Islamic Law?” Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Lisbon, Portugal, June 22, 2002
  • “Killing for Politics.” Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, May 3, 2002
  • “Fundamentalism as Anti-modernism? As Anti-Secularism?” Gerst Program in
  • Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies, Duke University, April 12-14, 2002
  • “Jihad, Islam and Political Action.” Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, April 18, 2002.
  • “Moral Vessel and Weakest Link: Women and Gender in Islamist Thought.” Conference on Afghanistan and Beyond: Women’s Activism in Times of War. 
  • The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, March 7-8, 2002
  • “Killing (for) Politics: Jihad, Martyrdom and Political Action.” Michigan Colloquium in Political Theory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 15, 2002
  • “The Road to Kandahar: A Genealogy of Jihad in Modern Islamist Thought.” Divinity School Colloquium, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, January 16, 2002
  • “A Genealogy of Jihad in Modern Islamist Political Thought.” Political Theory Colloquium, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, January 18, 2002


  • “Jihad and Politics?” Political Theory Workshop, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 16, 2001
  • “Reflections in the Wake of September 11: Martyrdom, Jihad and Politics.” Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, October 1, 2001
  • “War Against What?” Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, September 26, 2001
  • “Reinterpretation and the Politics of Forgiveness: the Political Thought of Hannah Arendt." Conference on Forgiveness, College of the Holy Cross Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, Worcester, MA, September 14-15, 2001


  • Panel Organizer, “Comparative Political Theory: Conversations Across History and Culture.” International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), University of Bergen, Norway, August 14-18, 2000
  • “Travel, Theory, and Political Wisdom in Islamic Thought: The Rihlas of Ibn Battuta and al-Tahtawi.” American Political Science Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3, 2000
  • “Killing (for) Politics: Jihad, Martyrdom and Political Action.” Western Political Science Association Meeting, San Jose, CA, March 24-26, 2000


  • “West versus Non-West?: Cultural Syncretism in Modern Islamic Political Thought.” International Studies Association Convention, Washington D.C., February 16-20, 1999 
  • “A Critical Assessment of Huntington on Fundamentalism.” International Sociological Association Meeting, Montreal, Canada, July 26-August 1, 1998
  • “Comparative Political Theory and Modernities, Islamic and ‘Western’.” American Political Science Association Meeting, Washington D.C., August 28-31, 1997 
  • “An Islamist Critique of Rationalism: Epistemological Conflict and Synthesis.” International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), University for Humanist Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1996