Mujtaba Ali Isani

 Mujtaba Ali Isani
  • Political Science,
  • Sociology,
  • Psychology

Areas of Expertise:
Public opinion; Religion and politics; Extremism; Integration; Middle East politics

since 2021


Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan

School of Politics and International Relations
Islamabad 45320


About me

My general research interests lie at the intersection of public opinion, politics and religion, immigrant integration, as well as conflict and extremism, with a particular focus on research methodology. I am currently part of a project at the University of Mannheim funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The aim of the project is to implicitly and explicitly measure extremism in immigrant populations.

AGYA provides a suitable platform for my multidisciplinary research, investigating immigrant integration and challenges facing immigrants in Europe as well as the present wave of transformation in the Middle East.

This research is cross-cultural, cross-national and comparative in nature. With my research, I hope to contribute to improving lives of Arab-origin immigrants living in Germany, as well as populations in the Middle East. Within AGYA, I can take part in further strengthening research cooperation and networking between the Arab world and Germany.

Academic career
2023 - todayDAAD Professor of Political Science, School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, Pakistan
2022 - 2023Research Scientist, National Discrimination and Racism Monitor (NaDiRa), German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM)
2020 - 2022Research Associate, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Germany
2020 - 2021Visiting Associate Professor (W2), Department of Political Science, University of Muenster, Germany
2020 - 2021Assistant Professor, Global & Social Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
2019Assistant Professor, Social Development and Policy Program, Habib University, Pakistan
2017 - 2018Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Muenster, Germany
2014 - 2017Research Fellow, Religion and Politics Excellence Cluster, University of Muenster, Germany
2012 - 2014Research Associate, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University, USA
2011 - 2012Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, Marquette University, USA
My Commitment to AGYA
Member of the AGYA Steering Committee since 2023
Participation in 'Salon Sophie Charlotte' (2022, 2023)

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think by John Esposito & Dalia Mogahed

Favourite novel:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The scientist from my country you should know:
Marc Helbling