Details

Name
Dr. Miriam Manuela Müller
Address 1
Position
PostDoc Researcher
Country
Germany
Email
miriam.mueller@his-online.de
Alternative Email
miriam.mueller@fu-berlin.de
EURAMES Member
No
AFMA Member
No
MESA Member
No
BASIS Member
No
Institution Name
Hamburg Institute for Social Reserach
Institution Address 1
Mittelweg 36
Institution City
Hamburg
Institution County
-
Institution Postcode
20148
Institution Country
Germany
Discipline 1
International politics
Geographical Area 1
Syria
Languages Mastered
German
Proficiency
Fluent
Languages Mastered
French
Proficiency
Operational
Languages Mastered
Yemeni
Proficiency
Operational
Languages Mastered
English
Proficiency
Fluent
Early Career Researcher
Yes
Biography
Miriam M. Müller (Joint PhD) received her doctorate jointly from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and the University of Victoria, Canada, in Political Science and International Relations. With her interdisciplinary dissertation on East German Foreign Policy in Southern Yemen, she especially addressed the role of Marxism-Leninism with regard to “Socialist state- and nation-building” in the Global South during the Cold War. Specialized in the politics of the Middle East, she focuses on religious and political ideologies, statehood, international security and foreign policy.
Research description
Miriam M. Müller's current research project (habilitation) is part of the research group on macro-violence at the Hamburg Institute of Social Research and is occupied with the role of religion, violence and identity in the manifestations of the »Islamic State«..” The research project focuses on the institutionalization of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS or Daesh) and addresses the "state-building" process it is currently pursuing as state mimicry. The study aims to develop explanations for its apparent success and its sources. The project is built on an analytically rather daring decision: to take Daesh’s claim seriously—at least in analytical terms—that it is an emerging, if not legitimate, state. Leaving aside for now the necessary objections any social scientist must raise against this bold move, the project’s major intention is to establish an analytical approach to the theoretically and empirically slippery construct that is the Islamic State today. If the Islamic State is considered a state, the decisions, institutions, and representations of IS can be dealt with based on theories about and even requirements for the modern nation-state. This permits the application of specific concepts and methods of analysis developed with regard to the nation-state, thus opening the door to a new and at the same time frightening perspective on the territorial expansion of this jihadist and terrorist group. This perspective, which grasps IS expansion as a process of “state and nation building”, draws on a conceptualization originally developed to describe incomplete processes of the “emergence” of states. Based on this methodology, the analysis focuses on three analytical categories identified as being the most decisive, namely, religion, violence and identity, and on how they interrelate within the process of the formation of Daesh as a state mimicry.
Recent publications
A spectre is haunting Arabia. How the Germans brought their communism to Yemen. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. Noch nutzt die „Verorganisierung“ dem „Islamischen Staat“, 2015, in: https://sozialtheoristen.de/2015/12/03/noch-nutzt-die-verorganisierung-dem-islamischen-staat/#more-6025. Soviet dilemma at the "Gate of Tears". Moscow's involvement in South Yemen's 'January crisis' of 1986. In: Jemen-Report. 46(2015),1/241-48
Additional Info 1
Jihadism, Salafism, Terrorsm, Totalitarianism
Additional Info 2
Ideologies, Religion, Statehood, Foreign and Security Policy
External Funders
0
Contemporary Relevance