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Prof. (Dr.) Mushtaq Hussain

Prof. (Dr.) Mushtaq Hussain

Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)

M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)

M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)

Dr. Mushtaq Hussain is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at BITS Law School. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi (2014-2023) and as a Visiting Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy, New Delhi (2018-2023). During his teaching career of almost a decade, he has taught varied courses such as Classical and Modern Political Philosophy, Indian Government and Politics, Contemporary Political Economy, Global Politics, International Relations, etc.

Mushtaq holds an MA in Politics (with specialization in International Relations) and MPhil and PhD in West Asian Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His Doctoral Thesis looked into the role played by Islam in conflict scenarios, with a special focus on how Palestinian groups, such as Fatah and Hamas, have utilized Islam in furthering their understanding of Palestinian nationalism and towards the Israel-Palestinian Conflict. He was awarded the Israel Government Scholarship in 2012-13 and during that time he worked as a Research Associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA), an Israeli think tank affiliated with the Bar-Ilan University.

Mushtaq has an avid interest in international politics, especially the Middle Eastern politics. When not teaching or writing, he likes to explore his passion for hiking and trekking.



  • Indo-Iranian Relations during the Cold War
    Strategic Analysis, 36:6, 2012

  • Locke on Rights
    Themes in Comparative Political Theory, 2015
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Chapters in Edited Volumes:

  • ‘Political Islam after the Arab Spring: ‘State Islam’ vs. ‘Regime Islam’”, in Muddassir Quamar (ed.), A Lost Decade? The Arab Spring and Politics in MENA, (Forthcoming)

  • ‘Hamas: The Islamic Movement in Palestine” in Chinmaya Gharekhan (ed.) Islamic Political Movements in the Middle East and North Africa, (Forthcoming)

  • ‘Palestinian National Movement, Islamism and Hamas’, in Kumaraswamy, Quamar and Singh (eds.), Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation, New Delhi: KW Publishers, 2019

  • ‘United Arab Emirates (UAE)', in P.R. Kumaraswamy (ed.), Persian Gulf 2015: India’s Relations with the Region, 2015

  • ‘The Israeli Dilemma: Winds of Change or More of the Same?” in Anwar Alam (ed.), Arab Spring: Reflection on Political Changes in the Arab World and its Future, New Delhi: New Century Publication, 2014

  • ‘Bahrain,” in P.R. Kumaraswamy (ed.), Persian Gulf 2013: India’s Relations with the Region, New Delhi: Sage, 2014

  • ‘Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),” in P.R. Kumaraswamy (ed.), Persian Gulf 2013: India’s Relations with the Region, New Delhi: Sage, 2014

Book Review:

  • Stephanie Latte Abdallah and Cedric Parizot (Eds) (2015), Israelis and Palestinians in the Shadows of the Wall: Spaces of Separation and Occupation, Surrey: Ashgate, Contemporary Review of the Middle East, 3: 4

  • Christopher K. Lamont, Jan Van Der Harst and Frank Gaenssmantel (Eds) (2015), Non-Western Encounters with Democratization: Imagining Democracy after the Arab Spring, Surrey: Ashgate, Contemporary Review of the Middle East, 2: 4