Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.39.09 PMDr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000.

He founded the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware and was its first Director from 2007-2010.

Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution [2003-2008] and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University [2006-2007]. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists.

He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007).

Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe . Dr. Khan is from Hyderabad in India. He is married to Reshma and has a son Rumi, and a daughter Ruhi.

His articles on Islam and American Muslims can be read at and his commentaries on global politics can be read at



Islamic Democratic Discourse: Theory, Debates, and Philosophical Perspectives


Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West


Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations


American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom

Media Articles About Dr. Muqtedar Khan’s Work

Muslim Public Affairs Journal

The Muslim Public Affairs Journal is published by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Its mission is to engage American Muslims and the American Muslim perspective in the public policy, political and moral debates that shape the interests, core values and identity of our society....

Islamic Democratic Discourse

Islamic Democratic Discourse: Theory, Debates and Philosophical Perspectives List of Contributors Tarek Ramadan Tamara Sonn Asma Afsaruddin Osman Bakar Ozlem Denli Mahgoub El-tigani Mahmoud Carolyn Fleuhr Ali Paya Abdulaziz Sachedina Marc Lynch Abdelwahab El-Affendi   Dr....

Debating Moderate Islam

Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West After 9/11, many Americans took the view that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were the leading edge of a new war: Islam versus the West. Yet the attacks were also part of the current struggle...

American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

This important volume addresses several strategic questions with regards to US-Muslim relations, Muslim minorities in the West, Islam in America, Ijtihad and Islam and Democracy. Some of the most influential commentators from academia, policy community and the Islamic community...

Jihad for Jerusalem

Identity and Strategy in International Relations Jihad for Jerusalem advances a theory of agency in international politics. This theory of agency is based on a reconstituted constructivist paradigm. The theory is tested by an examination of the foreign policy decision making of...

A Season of Dialogue

This article was published in the Wilmington News Journal under the title “Delawareans, be proud of your open minds about interfaith issues” on May 4th, 2010 and also in |05/04.2010| The last four weeks have been a feast for my mind and my soul. I have...

A Muslim Sermon in a Christian Church

This article was published in Asian Tribune|07.01.2008| Middle East Online|07.01.2008|Khaleej Times|07.02.2008| Philadelphia Daily|08.16.2008|Pakistan Link|08.19.2008| I was once again reminded of the amazing degree of religious tolerance that many Christians in this...

An Imam and a Rabbi: A Dialogue on Faith and Politics

This article was published|05.09.2008, Pakistan Link, 08.19.2008,|05.22.2008, Khaleej Times|05.22.08, Islam Daily|05.03.08, and The News Journal | 05.03.08 On Monday, the 14th of April, I moderated a dialogue at the University of Delaware, with an Imam...


Muqtedar Khan is one of the rising stars among Muslim intellectuals in the West.

The Daily Star

Voice of Moderate Islam

Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe

A Rare Moderate Voice

The Daily Times

I think that Dr Khan helps reinforce that the war on terrorism is not a war on Islam.

General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Muqtedar Khan brings passion, eloquence and intellectual power to bear on his subject.

Dr. Ali Mazrui

Muqtedar Khan’s intelligent, reasoned, self-critical, impassioned and provocative Muslim voice makes a distinctive and significant contribution to the process of reexamination and reform that has been made even more urgent in the aftermath of 9/11.

John L. Esposito

To my mind, Dr. Muqtedar Khan has lived up to the challenging role of of the public intellectual in a time of crisis.

Akber S. Ahmed

Khan believes his more liberal voice highlights a historical tension between traditionalist Islamic theologians, who tend to furnish more conservative fatwas  and Islamic philosophers who go for the more flexible rulings.

Washington Post

But make no mistake: Khan, 36, is one of a growing number of young, moderate Muslim thinkers who believe themselves engaged in a battle for the soul of Islam.