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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Here is a selection of recent publications by scholars who have presented at an AALIMS conference. Collectively the articles and books convey the range of scholarship that AALIMS seeks to promote. The publications given for each author are not meant to be exhaustive. For a complete list of each author’s publications, please check his or her website, accessible from the Faculty Fellows pages.

Ağır, Seven. "The Evolution of Grain Policy: The Ottoman Experience." Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 43 (2013): 571–598.

Ağır, Seven. "Grain Redistribution in Principal-Agent Framework: Practice of ‘Mubayaa’ in Ottoman Macedonia, 1774-1838." Working Paper.

Ağır, Seven and Onur Yildirim. "Gedik: A Concept too Many." Ottoman Craftsmen, ed. Suraiya Faroqhi, forthcoming.

Ağır, Seven. Una perspectiva comparada sobre la política de precios en los cereales: Estambul y Madrid, 1500-1700, Economía Política Desde Estambul a Potosí: Ciudades Estado, Imperios y Mercados en el Mediterráneo y en el Atlántico Iberico,c. 1200-1800 (From Istanbul to Potosi: Institutions and Economic Growth in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, 1500-1800), ed. Fernando Ramos Palencia and Bartolome Yun Caselilla. Valencia: Publicacions Universitat de València, 2012.

Al-Ississ, Mohamad, Iris Bohnet, Benedikt Hermann, Andrea Robbett, Khalid Al-Yahia, and Richard Zeckhauser. "The Elasticity of Trust: How to Promote Trust in the Arab Middle East and the United States."  Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP10-031, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Al-Ississ, Mohamad. "The Cross Border Financial Impact of Violent Events." Woking Paper, April 2010.

Al-Ississ, Mohamad. "The Impact of Religious Experience on Financial Markets." Working Paper, June 2010

Al-Ississ, Mohamad, Iris Bohnet. "Does Insurance Increase Trust? Experimental Evident on Institutional Design." Working Paper, August 2010.

Al-Ississ, Mohamad. "Evaluating the Impact of Domestic, Regional and International Violence and Instability on the Jordanian Economy Using the Event Study Methodology." Working Paper.


Andrabi, Tahir, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja. "Report Cards: the Impact of Providing School and Child Test Scores on Educational Markets." Working Paper, July 2013.

Andrabi, Tahir, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja. "Students Today, Teachers tomorrow: Identifying Constraints on the Provision of Education." Journal of Public Economics, 100 (2013): 1–14.

Andrabi, Tahir, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja. "What Did You Do All Day? Maternal Education and Child Outcomes." Journal of Human Resources, 47 (2012): 873-912.

Andrabi, Tahir, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja. "The Madrassa Controversy: The Story Does Not Fit The Facts." Pp. 162-173, Under the Drones: Modern Lives in Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands, ed. Shahzad Bashir and Robert Crews, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Andrabi, Tahir, Jishnu Das, Asim Ijaz Khwaja and Tristan Zajonc. "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Examining the Extent and Implications of Low Persistence in Child Learning." American Economic Journal, 3 (2011): 29-54.

Andrabi, Tahir and M. Muehlwein. “Railways and Price Convergence in British India.” Journal of Economic History 70 (2010): 351-77.

Andrabi, Tahir and Jishnu Das. “In Aid We Trust: Heart and Minds and Pakistan Earthquake of 2005.” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, September 2010.

Andrabi, Tahir, Natalie Bau, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja. "Are Bad Public Schools Public “Bads”? Test Scores and Civic Values in Public and Private Schools." Working Paper, January 2010.

Andrabi, Tahir, Maitreesh Ghatak and Asim Ijaz Khwaja. “Subcontractors for Tractors: Theory and Evidence on Flexible Specialization, Supplier Selection, and Contracting.” Journal of Development Economics, 79 (2006): 273-302. 


Aydın, Ayşegül and Cem Emrence. Zones of Rebellion: Kurdish Rebels and the Turkish State. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2015.

Aydın, Ayşegül. Foreign Powers and Intervention in Armed Conflicts. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012.



Bano, Masooda, and Hilary Kalmbach, eds. Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority. Leiden: Brill, 2012.

Bano, Masooda. Breakdown in Pakistan: How Aid is Eroding Institutions for Collective Action. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013.

Bano, Masooda. The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013.

Bano, Masooda and S.Deneulin. Religion in Development: Rewriting the Secular Script. Zed Books, 2009.

Bano, Masooda.  "Madrasa Reforms and Islamic Modernism in Bangladesh." Modern Asian Studies, (2013): 1-29.

Bano, Masooda. "Welfare Work and Politics of Jama'at-i-Islami in Pakistan and Bangladesh", Economic and Political Weekly 01 (2012).

Bano, Masooda. "'Negotiating Collaboration in Pakistan: Expertise, Networks and Community Embeddedness", Public Administration and Development 31 (2011): 262-72.

Bano, Masooda. "Co-Producing with FBOs: Lessons from State-Madrasa Engagement in the Middle East and South Asia", Third World Quarterly 32 (2011): 1273-89.


Berman, Eli, Joseph H. Felter, Jacob N. Shapiro, and Erin Troland. "Modest, Secure, and Informed: Successful Development in Conflict Zones." American Economic Review, 103(2013): 512-17.

Berman, Eli, Jacob N. Shapiro and Joseph H. Felter. "Can Hearts and Minds Be Bought? The Economics of Counter-Insurgency in Iraq." Journal of Political Economy, 119 (2011): 766- 819.

Berman, Eli, Michael Callen, Jacob N. Shapiro and Joseph H. Felter. "Do Working Men Rebel? Insurgency and Unemployment in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines." Journal of Conflict Resolution, 55 (2011): 496-528.

Berman, Eli and David Laitin. “Religion, Terrorism and Public Goods: Testing the Club Model.” Journal of Public Economics 92 (2008): 1942-67.


Binzel, Christine, and Jean-Paul Carvalho. "Education, Social Mobility and Religious Movements: A Theory of the Islamic Revival in Egypt", Working Paper, August 2013.

Binzel, Christine, and Dietmar Fehr. "Giving and Sorting Among Friends: Evidence from a Lab-in-the-Field Experiment." Economics Letters, 121 (2013): 214-17.

Binzel, Christine, and Dietmar Fehr. "Social Distance and Trust: Experimental Evidence from a Slum in Cairo." Journal of Development Economics, 103 (2013): 99-106.

Binzel, Christine, and Ragui Assaad. "Egyptian men working abroad: Labour supply responses by the women left behind." Labour Economics, 18 (2011): S98-S114.

Binzel, Christine, and Ragui Assaad. and May Gadallah. "Transitions to Employment and Marriage Among Young Men in Egypt." Middle East Development Journal 2 (2010): 39-88.


Blaydes, Lisa and Ceren Belge, "Gender, Social Capital and Dispute Resolution in Informal Areas of Cairo and Istanbul." Working Paper, January 2013.

Blaydes, Lisa, "How Does Islamic Local Governance Affect the Lives of Women? A Comparative Study of Two Cairo Neighborhoods." Governance, forthcoming.

Blaydes, Lisa and Rachel Gillum, "Religiosity-of-Interviewer Effects: Assessing the Impact of Veiled Enumerators on Survey Response in Egypt." Politics & Religion, 6 (2013): 459-482.

Blaydes, Lisa and Eric Chaney, "The Feudal Revolution and Europe's Rise: Political Divergence of the Christian West and the Muslim World before 1500 CE." American Political Science Review, 107 (2013): 16-34.

Blaydes, Lisa and Drew Linzer. "Elite Competition, Religiosity and Anti-Americanism in the Islamic World." American Political Science Review, 106 (2012): 225-43.

Blaydes, Lisa, and James Lo. “One Man, One Vote, One Time? A Model of Democratization in the Middle East.” Journal of Theoretical Politics, 24 (2012): 1-37.

Blaydes, Lisa. Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak's Egypt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Blaydes, Lisa and Safinaz El Tarouty. "Women's Electoral Participation in Egypt: The Implications of Gender for Voter Recruitment and Mobilization." Middle East Journal, 63 (2009): 364-80.

Blaydes, Lisa and Drew A. Lizner. "The Political Economy of Women's Support for Fundamentalist Islam.” World Politics, 60 (2008): 576-609.




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