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Dr Iza Hussin

Dr  Iza  Hussin

University Lecturer

Department of Politics and International Studies

Mohamed Noah Fellow, Pembroke College


Dr Hussin's research and teaching are in the areas of comparative politics, Islam and Muslim politics, law and society and religion and politics. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Prior to joining POLIS, she was a member of the faculty in Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her recent book, The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State (University of Chicago Press 2016), explores the construction of Islamic law in colonial India, Malaya and Egypt.

Current research projects include a manuscript on the travels of law across the Indian Ocean arena and a collaborative project on Internet fatwa.

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

Departments and Institutes

Pembroke College:
Mohamed Noah Fellow

Other Professional Activities

Associate Research Fellow, Joint Centres for History and Economics, University of Cambridge and Harvard University.


Key Publications

The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State, University of Chicago Press 2016.

"Circulations of Law: Cosmopolitan Elites, Global Repertoires, Local Vernaculars," Law and History Review, Forum: Indian Ocean Circuits of Law, eds. Iza Hussin and Renisa Mawani. 32(4), November 2014."

"Misreading and Mobility in Constitutional Texts: A Nineteenth Century Case," Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Symposium: Regulatory Translations: Expertise, Uncertainty and Affect in Transnational Legal Fields, 21:1 (2014)."

"Textual Trajectories: Re-reading the Majalah and Constitution in 1890s Johor," Indonesia and the Malay World 41:120 (2013): 1-19."

"Revelation and Redemption: Colonial Precedents for the Politics of Islam in India and Malaysia," in The Everyday Life of the State: A State-in-Society Approach, ed. Adam White (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012), 142-159."

"Ethnicity, Religion and the Paradox of Jurisdiction: Two Malaysian Cases," Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law 2010."

"The Making of Islamic Law: Local Elites and Colonial Authority in British Malaya," in Casting Faiths: Technology and the Creation of Religion in East and Southeast Asia, ed. Thomas Dubois (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2008)."

"The Pursuit of the Perak Regalia: Law and the Making of the Colonial State," Law and Social Inquiry 32:3 (2007), 759-788."