Maydan is an online publication of Ali Vural Ak 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 Ali Vural Ak 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. Isil Acehan | Public History Editor

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

Jeta Luboteni | Editorial Assistant

Sulaiman Popal | Editorial Assistant

Yoko Nagashima | Editorial Assistant

Alex Hayes | Editorial Assistant

Ali Galib Cebeci | Editorial Research Associate



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

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

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

Dr. Eric McGlinchey
Associate Professor of Government and Politics, Schar School of Policy and Government

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

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



Maydan avoids punditry on foreign and domestic policy agendas.  While recognizing that both are major factors  that influence the scholarly studies, public discourse, and policy-making processes with significant impact on the dynamics shaping the Muslim world, Maydan does not serve as a platform to promote political views of any sort.