Maydan is an online publication of AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, offering  expert analysis on a wide variety of issues in the field of Islamic Studies for academic and public audiences alike, and serving as a resource hub and a platform for informed conversation, featuring original articles and visual media from diverse perspectives.

Maydan complements and benefits from the flourishing academic blogosphere and the rise in digital scholarship, amplified by social media and the diversification of academic production venues. It aims to contribute to the developments in digital scholarship by bringing peer-reviewed academic research to the attention of the broader public and providing original resources and databases for scholars, students and the public to facilitate research, discussion, and pedagogy in Islamic Studies across all disciplines. In response to a growing need for a broadly-focused online resource for academic scholarship and critique, Maydan offers its readers multidisciplinary perspectives on the historical, intellectual, and global patterns and developments influencing the Muslim world.

While drawing on the expertise of the scholars and faculty associated with the AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies, Maydan aims to widen academic and public discourse, stimulate intra and inter-disciplinary debate and inspire researchers from all levels to undertake new projects and engage with new issues. It features original pieces and compiles academic resources for the advancement of a sound and nuanced understanding of Muslim societies and the Islamic faith, its role in world history, and its current patterns of globalization.


Dr. Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu | Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Cengiz Sisman & Dr. Ozlem Madi-Sisman | Book Reviews Editors

Dr. Sami Erdem | Islamic Law and Thought Editor

Dr. Micah A. Hughes | Associate Editor, Intellectual History, Religion and Current Affairs

Dr. Ali Galib Cebeci | Editorial Research Associate

Aysenur Sonmez Kara | Editorial Assistant


Dr. Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu | Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Micah A. Hughes | Project Coordinator

Nicholas Gunty | Post-Production and Audio Editor

The Maydan Podcast is made possible by generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation.


Dr. Maria Dakake
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Benjamin Gatling
Associate Professor and Director, Folklore Studies

Dr. Nathaniel Greenberg
Associate Professor and Chair, Arabic Program

Dr. Bassam Haddad
Associate Professor of Government and Politics, Schar School of Policy and Government, and Director of Middle East Studies

Dr. Sumaiya Hamdani
Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History

Dr. Yasemin Ipek
Assistant Professor, Global Affairs Program

Dr. Peter Mandaville
Professor of Government and Politics, Schar School of Policy and Government

Dr. Cortney Hughes Rinker
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina
IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Huseyin Yilmaz
Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History


* Articles published by Maydan represent the views of their authors and do not reflect institutional positions on the part of Maydan, its Advisory Board, or the AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies. Maydan seeks to advance scholarly discourse and does not endorse any political or religious perspective.