Message from the President

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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AALIMS – Princeton Conference on the Political Economy of Muslim Societies

Date: April 11-12, 2014

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Location: Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

All sessions are free and open to the public.

This conference will cover a variety of themes, including Islamic beliefs and financial markets, political participation and competition in modern Islam, conflict in the Muslim world, Islam and education, Islam and entrepreneurship, and Islam and institutional change.

The event will feature scholars from a range of disciplines, all committed to analytically-oriented scholarship of Muslim societies and their institutions.


2014 Annual Conference Organizing Committee

Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College)

Amaney Jamal (Princeton University), chair

Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Helen V. Milner (Princeton University)

Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University)

Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University)



























Mohamed Al-ssiss (American University in Cairo)

Patronage and Electoral Behavior: Evidence from Egypt’s First Presidential Elections

Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College)

Gender Attitudes of Pakistani Parents: Rates of Return or Religious Values

Aysegul Aydin (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Cem Emrence (University of Colorado, Boulder)

18 Districts: The Making of Mass Kurdish Nationalism

John Bowen (Washington University)

Fiqh, Law and Morality in Aceh, Indonesia

Filipe Campante (Harvard University) and David Yanagizawa-Drott (Harvard University)

Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness? Evidence from Ramadan

Eric Chaney (Harvard University)

Pirates of the Mediterranean: An Empirical Investigation of Bargaining with Transaction Costs

Amaney Jamal (Princeton University), Tarek Masoud (Harvard University) and Elizabeth Nugent (Princeton University)

Discursive Frames and Policy Preferences in the Muslim world — When Does Religion Resonate? Experimental Evidence from Egypt

Saumitra Jha (Stanford University)

Unfinished Business: Ethnic Complementarities and the Political Contagion of Conflict and Peace in Gujarat

Asim Khwaja (Harvard University)

Trust in State Authority and Non-State Actors : Evidence from Pakistan

Adria Lawrence (Yale University)

Collective Protest and the Institutional Promise of Monarchy

Jennifer London (Institute for Advanced Study)

Richard Nielsen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Martyrdom or Irrelevance? The Effect of Drone Strikes on the Intellectual Legacy of Jihadists

Jennifer Peck (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Can Hiring Quotas Work? The Effect of the Nitaqat Program on the Saudi Private Sector

Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University) and Asim Khwaja (Harvard University), Ali Cheema (Lahore University of Management Sciences), and Farooq Naseer (Lahore University of Management Sciences)

Do Good Intentions Matter? Experimental Evidence on How Citizens Respond to Promises of Government Service Delivery

Yael Zeira (University of Mississippi)

Protesting Together: Education and Participation in Nationalist Resistance in Palestine