Abdullah al-Ahsan

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Abdullah al-Ahsan is a professor of Political Science and International Relations at Istanbul Şehir University.[1] Prior to this, he was professor of Comparative History in the Department of History and Civilization, International Islamic University Malaysia.[2] He is known for his academic work documenting the Organization of Islamic Conference and addressing crises in the post-colonial Muslim world through study of the relationship between the contemporary Western and Islamic civilizations.


Abdullah al-Ahsan completed his Bachelors and Masters in Pakistan from University of Punjab and Quaid-i-Azam University in General Studies and History, respectively. He continued his studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, doing a Masters in Islamic Studies, and finally gained his Ph.D in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.[2]


Al-Ahsan has published books, monographs and articles on the relationship between contemporary Islamic and Western civilizations with specific focus on education, politics, science and good governance. Al-Ahsan is also a regular writer on contemporary issues in the Muslim world. He is a regular contributor to opinion outlets such as Aljazeera,[3] Turkeyagenda[4] and the Turkish state-owned Anadolu agency, where he has written on Kashmir [5] and democracy and human rights.[6] His books and articles have been translated into Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Turkish and Urdu.[7]


  • The Organization of the Islamic Conference: Introduction to an Islamic Political Institution, (1988) ISBN 978-0912463131
  • Ummah or Nation: Identity Crisis in Contemporary Muslim Society, (1992) ISBN 978-0860372202
  • The History Of Al-Khilafah Ar-Rashidah, (2000) ISBN 978-4395106158
  • Guidance for good governance : explorations in Qur'anic, scientific and cross-cultural approaches edited by Abdullah al-Ahsan, Stephen B. Young, (June 2008) ISBN 9789833855483
  • Qur'anic Guidance for Good Governance: A Contemporary Perspective, 1st ed. (2017) ISBN 978-3319578729


  • Problems of Eurocentric Views of History: An Examination of Certain Elementary Views about Colonialism in the Muslim World. Al-Shajarah, 18 (1).2013. pp. 35–58.
  • Civilisational conflict, renewal or transformation: potential role of the OIC. Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR), 4 (4). 2013. pp. 579–600.
  • Dialogue of civilizations :Islamic and Western perceptions. Al-Shajarah, 16 (2). 2011. pp. 157–179.
  • The Islamist challenge: between "modernization" and intimidation. Al-Shajarah, 15 (2). 2010. pp. 117–148.
  • The clash of civilizations thesis and Muslims: the search for an alternative paradigm. Islamic Studies, 48 (2). 2009. pp. 189–217.


  1. ^ "PROF. ABDULLAHIL AHSAN | İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi". www.sehir.edu.tr. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  2. ^ a b "Staff Directory - Abdullah al-Ahsan". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Aljazeera page for Abdullah al-Ahsan". Aljazeera. Aljazeera. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Turkey Agenda author profile: Abdullah al-Ahsan". Archived from the original on 2016-03-02. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  5. ^ al-ahsan, Abdullah. "Analysis: Kashmir is Burning". Anadolu agency. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ al-ahsan, Abdullah. "Opinion- Democracy, Human rights and justice in Bangladesh". Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ Conference Topic: OIC and its Potential & Prospects. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.