OCIS Fellows

Dr Balqis Alkaraki

Associate Professor at the University of Jordan

Balqis Alkaraki is an Associate Professor of Classical Arabic Literature and Criticism at the University of Jordan. She received her PhD degree in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2007. She was a visiting scholar at several institutions including the University of Bologna (Erasmus Scholarship), Columbia (Fulbright), Harvard (sabbatical), and more recently she has joined the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies as a Chevening Fellow. Her main research interest is Arabic poetry, poetics, and more specifically; philosophical and comparative poetics. Her recent publications include, ‘Striking Similarities: Ibn Sina’s Takhyil and Kant’s Aesthetic Judgment' in Philosophy East and West (2018), and 'The Poetic Syllogism in Fakhr al-Din al-Razi’s Nihayat al-ijaz' forthcoming in Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph. She is the author of two literary books: Iradat al-Kitaba (The Will to Write, 2013), and Majaz Akhar (Another Trope, 2017). She is a frequent writer for Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper.

Dr Nassef Manabilang Adiong

Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman

Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization). Editor of the following international journals and book series:
– International Journal of Islam in Asia (Brill Publishers)
– Global South Journal of International Studies (work-in-progress)
– International Relations in Southeast Asia series (Routledge)
– Islam and International Relations series (Gerlach Press)
– Islam and Global Studies series (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Islam in the Philippines series (DLSU Publishing House)
– Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan)

Associate Editor of the Mathal: A Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Multidisciplinary Studies (The University of Iowa). He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, Muslim governance in the Philippines, and political interaction of Muslim societies with Western modernity.

Nassef is assistant professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, co-convenor of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies’ Islamic Studies Program, and affiliate faculty member at the Center for International Studies of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is also a Professorial Lecturer of International Studies at Miriam College. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines conferred him the Professorial Chairholder in Political Science and International Relations on 11 December 2017.

Dr Abdur Rehman Cheema

Team Leader of Research at the Rural Support Programmes Network

Dr Cheema has a multidisciplinary education with a doctorate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies from Massey University (2012), MBA in Human Resource Management (2004), and Masters in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan (2002). His research interests broadly focus on understanding the development linkages with social norms, disasters, governance, climate change, and poverty. He has previously been a Charles Wallace Research Fellow (2017) at Cardiff University. Dr Cheema's doctoral research explored the role of the mosque in the capacity of a community-based religion in the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Through the Chevening OCIS Fellowship, he intends to develop his doctoral dissertation into a book publication. He seeks to update his work by covering new literature around religion’s place in shaping identity, culture, norms, beliefs, and behaviour. He is interested to see how far religious institutions can leverage their position to prepare communities to better cope with environmental and climatic extreme events in complex social relations by drawing on new case studies reported in scholarly works. Dr Cheema hopes this work will be of interest to researchers and policy makers based in both the Muslim majority and minority societies.