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Muqtedar Khan

Non-Resident Fellow

Dr. Muqtedar Khan is a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He was the academic director of the U.S. State Department’s National Security Institute, 2016–2019, and is the academic director of the American Foreign Policy Institute, 2019–2022, at the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow of the Brookings Institution (2003–2008) and a Senior Fellow with the Center for Global Policy (2017–2020). He is the author of the award-winning book Islam and Good Governance: Political Philosophy of Ihsan, published in April 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan.

He is also the author of several other books: American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (2006), and Debating Moderate Islam (2007). His articles and commentaries can be found at His academic publications can be found at He hosts a YouTube show called Khanversations at:

Latest Articles

From South Asia to South Houston: Foreign Conflicts in Domestic Politics

American elections are becoming a battleground for conflicts in faraway lands as diasporas place the political interests of nations they have left behind ahead of the political needs of the nation they have settled in. This trend could fragment potential coalitions of immigrants and progressive groups and is likely to push independents to the right to coalesce behind the idea of “America First.”

Democratic Accountability, Democratization, and Elections

Good Governance and the Problem of Islamism

Newlines Institute's Kamran Bokhari talks with Dr. Muqtedar Khan, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, about his new book, Islam & Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan.