I am a political scientist with a passion for studying the comparative politics of Muslim societies. Currently, I'm Director of Research and Academic Programs at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in Herndon, VA, where I also direct the Fairfax Institute (TFI), IIIT's teaching division. I have taught political science at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the International Islamic University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, and contemporary Islamic thought at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT.
I grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was then part of Yugoslavia. I have lived in Croatia, Malaysia, and the United States.
Having studied Islam and political science for most of my adult life, I have learned English, Arabic, and Malay - beside my native Bosnian (Serbian/Croatian). I've studied at the International Islamic University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
My research is on transnational Islamic revival, Islamist activism, politics of Southeast Asia, contemporary Islamic thought, and institutionalization of Islam in the Balkans and Southeast Asia. You can access my publications here. I consult frequently on the Balkans and Southeast Asian politics, and Islam and politics.
A few photos from my travels