Center of Muslim Politics and World Society (COMPOSE)

About the Center

Center of Muslim Politics and World Society (COMPOSE) is a center for multi-disciplinary research and public outreach on socio-economic and political developments of Muslim states and societies and their inter-connections with world society. The Center fosters collaboration in cutting-edge research and public outreach by faculty members, researchers, and students from various disciplinary backgrounds around the world. COMPOSE is housed under the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universitas Islam International Indonesia (UIII).

Research at COMPOSE covers both theoretical and empirical problems on socio-economic and political developments of Muslim states and societies and their inter-connections with world society. COMPOSE tries to offer a distinctive approach to the empirical study of Muslim states and societies by combining a rich understanding of the historical development of these states and societies and advanced knowledge and skills on research methodology in social sciences. The research utilizes qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches in social sciences.

COMPOSE acknowledges that mutual understanding between Muslim states or societies and other parts of the world is necessary for the creation of a peaceful and prosperous world society. For this purpose, COMPOSE promotes sincere and constructive dialogues between communities of scholars through research, publication and public outreach.

Vision and Mission

COMPOSE’s vision is to be a centre of excellence to advance research on socio-economic and political development of Muslim states and societies and their inter-connections with world society; and to promote a mutual understanding between Muslim states or societies and others through research, publication and public outreach.

Conduct rigorous research on socio-economic and political development of Muslim states and societies and their inter-connections with world society

Publish its research findings in leading national and international peer-reviewed academic journals or in a book form in cooperation with reputable publishers.

Disseminate its research findings to academic communities and public through discussions, seminars, workshops, and conferences in both domestic and international fora

Disseminate its research findings to public through publication of policy briefs, popular articles in the media, and highlights in social media.

Engage with policy makers in Indonesia and international ones on issues that are relevant to the research topics.

Principles

In implementing its missions, COMPOSE adheres to the following principles:

Independent

COMPOSE in its works does not represent or support the interests of a particular group, ideology, religion, country, or region.

Objective

COMPOSE always bases its views or perspectives on evidence and does not hold a prior bias for or against a particular view or perspective.

Rigorous

COMPOSE in conducting its works always upholds scientific method and implements it as best as possible.

Transparent

COMPOSE does not conceal certain aspects of its works unnecessarily and is open to inquiries on all aspects of its research and operations as far as allowed by the law of the country.

Ethical

COMPOSE in its works always holds the highest ethical standard and does not condone any behaviour that is dishonest, untrustworthy, degrading or endangering others, or outright criminal.

Relevant

COMPOSE works on issues and problems that are relevant to the future development of Muslim politics and world society.

Research Programs


COMPOSE develops several research programs that aim to tackle fundamental problems in the study of socio-economic and political developments of Muslim states and societies and their inter-connections with world society. These research programs include:

1. Conflict and peace resolution in a globalized world

2. Environmental issues and politics

3. Political institutions and electoral competitions in Muslim societies

4. Education, science, and technological development in the Muslim World

5. Contentious politics and social movements

6. Transnationalism and globalized Muslim societies

7. Middle power politics and world society

8. Conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world

9. Political economy of Muslim states and societies

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Research Approaches

Research at COMPOSE uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches. Quantitative approach is used to explain general patterns and establish causal impacts in the pattern, while qualitative approach is employed to elucidate its causal mechanism. Mixed-method approaches are used to combine the strength of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to political explanation. Research at COMPOSE also utilises rigorous and updated research methodologies in social science in accordance with international standards.

As part of its mission, COMPOSE promotes constructive and sincere dialogues between different communities of scholars and faith through public discussion, seminars, workshops and conferences. The Center will also engage with policy makers to promote its research findings in order to improve public policies.

Research Fellows