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AALIMS – Oxford Conference on Political Economy of Islam and Muslim Societies

Date: May 15-16, 2015

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Location: Department of International Development, University of Oxford

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The Workshop and Conference took place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May 2015 at the Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB.

You will find details of where we are located here:


May 15th, Friday

8:30-10:00 AM: Governance

Chair: Jean-Philippe Platteau (University of Oxford)

Michael Callen (Harvard University), Saad Gulzar (New York University), Arman Rezaee (University of California, San Diego) and Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University)

Living in Ungoverned Space: Pakistan’s Frontier Crimes Regulation

Renard Sexton (New York University)

Aid, Insurgency and the Pivotal Role of Control: Evidence from Afghanistan


10:30-12:45 AM: Inter-Group Conflict

Chair: Amaney Jamal (Princeton University)

Avital Livny (Carlos III-Juan March Institute)

Ethnic Diversity and Inter-Group Trust in Turkey

Margaret Roberts (University of California, San Diego), David Romney (Harvard University) and Paul Zachary (University of California, San Diego)

Covered Up: An Experiment on Censorship, Crowdsourcing, and Religion in Saudi Arabia

Chantal Berman (Princeton University) and Elizabeth R. Nugent (Princeton University)

Regionalism, Revolutionary Perceptions, or Real Preferences? Testing Determinants of Vote Choice in Tunisia’s 2014 Parliamentary Election


2-3:30 PM: Public Goods

Chair: Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University)

Natural Resource Shocks and Public Goods Provision in Eastern Indonesia

Melani Cammett (Harvard University), Aytuğ Şaşmaz (Harvard University):

Is There a Faith-Based Welfare Advantage? Preliminary Findings from a Pilot Study in Lebanon, Tables and Figures


3:45-6:00 PM: Economic and Political Performance of the Islamic World

Chair: Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University)

Eric Chaney (Harvard University)

Economic Growth in the Malthusian Era: Evidence from the 1609 Spanish Explusion of the Moriscos.

Timur Kuran (Duke University) and Jared Rubin (Chapman University)

The Financial Power of the Powerless: Socio-Economic Status and Interest Rates under Partial Rule of Law

Jean-Philippe Platteau (University of Oxford)

Laicist Reform in the Lands of Islam: Lessons from Enlightened Despotism


May 16th, Saturday

9-11:15 AM: Gender and Family

Chair: Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University)

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University) and Melina Platas Izama (Stanford University)

Religion, Patriarchy and the Perpetuation of Harmful Social Conventions: The Case of Female Genital Cutting in Egypt

Imane Chaara (University of Oxford)

Women as Decision-Makers within Households: Does Religiosity Matter? Evidence from Morocco

Amaney Jamal (Princeton University) and Helen Milner (Princeton University)

Women, Patriarchy and Globalization in MENA: Evidence from Tunisia


1:00-3:15 PM: Religion, Ideology, and Attitudes

Chair: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College)

Ali Çarkoğlu (Koç University) and S. Erdem Aytaç (Koç University)

Ethnicity and Religion in Shaping Threat Perceptions: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Turkey

Masooda Bano (University of Oxford)

Education and Aspirations: Results from Islamic and State Schools in Pakistan and Nigeria

Maya Tudor (University of Oxford) and Dan Slater (University of Chicago)

Ideological Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy in the Postcolonial World


3:45-6:00 PM: Sharia

Chair: Denis Galligan (University of Oxford)

Nathan Brown (George Washington University)

Citizenship, Religious Rights and State Identity in Arab Constitutions: Who Is Free and What Are They Free to Do?

John Bowen (Washington University)

Muslim Divorce Tribunals in non-Muslim Lands

Matthew Nelson (SOAS, University of London)

Islamic Law in an Islamic State: What Role for Parliament?