Raihan Ismail


Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies | St. Antony's College 

Research Interests:

  • Muslim politics
  • Clerical networks
  • Religious institutions and governance
  • Islamic Studies

Current Projects:

Islamists in Exile


For the M.Phil in Modern Middle East Studies

  • Political Islam, Islamism and Modern Islamic Movements

  • Modern Islamic Thought

Recent Publications:


  • Ismail, R 2021, Rethinking Salafism: The Transnational Networks of Salafi ‘Ulama in Egypt, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Ismail, R 2016, Saudi Clerics and Shi‘a Islam, Oxford University Press, New York.


  • Ismail, R 2023, ‘Al-Azhar and the Salafis in Egypt: Contestation of Two Traditions’, The Muslim World Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/muwo.12455
  • Ismail, R 2019, ‘Reclaiming Saudi Salafism: The Saudi Religious Circles and the Threat of ISIS’, Journal of Arabian Studies, vol, no. 2, pp. 164-181.


  • Ismail, R 2016, ‘The Saudi ‘Ulama and the Syrian Civil War’, in Amin Saikal (ed.), The Arab World and Iran: A Turbulent Region in Transition, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 83-102.