PRIMO ER Faiz Sheikh was awarded this years‘ Sussex International Theory Prize for his book ‘Islam & International Relations - Exploring Community and the Limits of Universalism‘ (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). The book scrutinizes concepts of ‘sovereignty’ and ‘secularism’ in International Relations, showing how these might be redefined through the study of political Islam. The jury highlighted the “innovative intellectual framework for rethinking the relationship between Western IR and Islamic political and international thought […] establishing the foundations for a constructive reconceptualization of a highly topical and troubled relationship.”
The Sussex International Theory Prize is awarded annually by the Centre for Advanced International Theory for the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations published in book form.
Faiz Sheikh will deliver his Prize Lecture at the University of Sussex in March 2018.