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Dr. Ahmed Badawi Mustapha

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Ahmed Badawi Mustapha is a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, and M.A. in Political Science from the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on Islam and Muslim societies, particularly in Africa, the interconnectedness of state and religion, militant organisations, political violence, radical ideologies, counter-extremism and decoloniality. He’s currently working on the notion of moderation(wasaṭiyyah), and how it is instrumentalised   in both western and non-western counterterrorism praxes.


2012-2019          Middle East Technical University(METU), Ankara; Doctor of Philosophy, International Relations


2008-2010          National University of Singapore, Singapore, Master of Social Sciences in Political Science


2002 -2006         University of Ghana, Legon, Political Science and Study of Religions, Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons)

Research Interest
  • Islam and  Security in Africa
  • Islam and International Security
  • Islam and Politics
  • Militant organisations
  • Religion and Secularism
  • Political violence
  • Radical ideologies
  • Counter-extremism
  • Decoloniality


UGRC 234    Philosophy in African Cultures

Post Graduate: 

AFST 616     Islam and Christianity in Africa

  • Mustapha, Ahmed Badawi. (2021). “Moderate’ Islam in Western Counterterrorism Praxes: Countering Extremism or Coercing Negligence?’. Rowaq Arabi  26 (3), pp. 23-38.
  • Muhammad Dan Suleiman, Hakeem Onapajo, and Ahmed Badawi Mustapha.(2021). External Influence, Failed States, Ungoverned Spaces and Small Arms Proliferation in Africa. In Tar, UA, and Onwurah, CP (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Small Arms and Conflict in Africa. London: Palgrave Macmillan,pp161-185.
  • Mustapha, Ahmed Badawi and Mohammed Mubarique.(2020). Fostering Leaner Autonomy and Critical Thinking Within the EAP Context: The Role of Self Determination Theory (SDT). In Aksit and Mengu (Eds.), The Future of EAP: Standards, Provision, and Practice. Newcastle : Cambridge Academic Publishing pp.44-54.
  • Mustapha, Ahmed Badawi.(2019). Islamization of Knowledge and the Challenge of Defining ‘the Secular Knowledge’ within the Context of the Maqasid shari'a. In Bulut, M., & Kudat, A. (Eds.),Tradition and Knowledge in the Social Sciences. Istanbul: IZU publications.pp540-549.
  • Mustapha, Ahmed Badawi and Abdallah Imam Haruna. (2021).  Rethinking the taproot of Security Challenges in Africa: Bringing Back Colonial Heritage, Nile Journal of Political Science 2 (1),pp.6-25.

Forthcoming Publications

  • Ahmed Badawi Mustapha “Contesting Secularisation in the sub-Saharan African context: the case of Religion in Ghana’s Covid-19 Response” Ilorin Journal of Religious Studies (IJOURELS)(2022) 
  • Ahmed Badawi Mustapha Sub-Saharan Africa’s digital poverty in Perspective in Muschert Glenn et al (Eds) 2022 Global Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2022.Bristol : Policy Press University of Bristol.

Some Works in Progress:

Journal Articles:


  • ‘Rethinking Feminism Through Decoloniality: An African Perspective’


  • ‘Decolonising Counterterrorism: The Case of Predominantly Muslim Countries in Africa’


  • ‘Iran’s Soft Power Nuances in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)-The Case of its Engagement with Ghana’


  • ‘Territoriality and Governance in Non-State Extremist Groups’ discourses: The Case of The Islamic State(IS)’


  • ‘The Ummah between Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Kufr: An introspection of extreme reformation of notions’

 Books(working titles):


  • ‘Globalised Islam in a Turbulent Global Security Complex’


  • ‘Moderate’ Islam in Counterterrorism Praxes: Between Extremism(Ghulūw) and Negligence (Ghaflah)?’
Some Recent Conferences/Seminars/Workshops
  • Ahmed Badawi Mustapha, “Iran’s Soft Power Nuances in Sub-Saharan Africa(SSA)-The Case of its Engagement with Ghana,” a paper presented at a seminar organized by  the   British Institute for Persian Studies(BIPS), Plymoth University under the theme Iran and the International , 8th -10th June 2021.
  • Ahmed Badawi Mustapha, “Territoriality and Governance in Non-StateExtremist Groups’ discourses: The Case of The IslamicState(IS)” a paper presented at a conference orgainsed by  Scuola Normale Superiore & Scuola Superio Sant’Anna Florence,Italy under the theme Perspectives on Governance by Non-State Armed Actors, 24th May 2021.
  • Ahmed Badawi Mustapha, “Islamisation of Knowledge and the Challenge of secluding ‘the Secular Knowledge’ within the Context of ‘Maqasidshari‘a’  2nd International Symposium On Integrity Of Tradition and Knowledge In Social Science organized by the Istanbul Sabahttin Zaim University(IZU), Istanbul. 11th -12th July 2019.
  • Ahmed Badawi Mustapha, “The Ummah between Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Kufr:An introspection of extreme reformation of notions” a paper presented at the 6th ILEM Summer School in Istanbul, under the theme Transnational Islam and Challenges of Being Muslim Ummah, 29 July - 4th August 2019.