Current Institutional Affiliation
Director of the Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics and Associate Professor, Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2008
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Political Science, Indiana University / Bloomington
Framing Islam: Hizb ut-Tahrir's Transnational Call for a Caliphate

This project investigates the process by which the controversial transnational Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) successfully frames its message to resonate in highly diverse social and political contexts. While HT first established its base in the Middle East more than half a century ago, in recent years the organization has expanded its network throughout Western Europe and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and now uses its network in Great Britain as its primary base for spreading its message across the globe. This ability to successfully build and expand its networks across regional boundaries presents an intriguing puzzle: Despite its tightly controlled and highly uniform ideology, HT has been able to translate its message in ways that resonate within very diverse social and political contexts. Thus, this project examines the process by which Hizb ut-Tahrir frames its message in two very different cultural environments-Britain and Kyrgyzstan. Grounded in scholarly literatures on social movements and collective action framing, I will employ both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how HT shapes its message in hopes of uniting the global ummah under a single caliphate.