Prof. Mirjam Künkler

Mirjam Künkler works on Iranian and Indonesian politics. She has published on comparative relations between religion and state in the two countries, on questions of law and constitutionalism, Islamic authority, religious education, and religious political parties. Her most recent work has focused on questions of female religious authority in Islam, comparative secularism, and the place of religion in the two countries’ legal systems.

She has published books with Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press, and guest-edited special issues and symposia for the journals Party Politics (19(2)), Modern Asian Studies (48(2)), the American Behavioral Scientist (July 2016), the Asian Studies Review (Oct 2016), the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (Jan 2018), the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (Feb 2018), the German Law Journal (May 2018), Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory (June 2018), and the Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion (August 2018, September 2022). Künkler is a PI of the Iran Data Portal.

Before joining SCAS, she taught Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University for many years, where she also directed the Oxford-Princeton research cluster on “Traditional authority and transnational religious networks in contemporary Shi’i Islam,” and co-directed the Luce Program on “Religion and International Affairs”.

One of her latest writings discusses the significance of the new English translation of Mohsen Kadivar’s book Haqq al-Nas: Human Rights and Reformist Islam to scholarly debates on Islam, democracy and human rights.

Many of her publications can be downloaded at