Sohail Hashmi

  • Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics
  • Chair of International Relations
Sohail Hashmi

Sohail Hashmi’s work straddles Western and Islamic moral and political philosophy. He was among the earliest scholars to specialize in ethics and international relations, which developed as an interdisciplinary field during the 1980s and 1990s. In his publications, Hashmi explores the Islamic ethics of diverse issues in contemporary international relations, including war and peace, humanitarian intervention, civil society, tolerance, boundaries, and poverty relief. In 2005, he was awarded a Carnegie Scholars Fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to study Muslim reactions to the development of international law.

At Mount Holyoke, Hashmi teaches a wide variety of classes, including introductory courses in international relations and Middle East politics, and seminars such as Ethics and International Relations, Just War and Jihad: Comparative Ethics of War and Peace, and Political Islam. He also lectures frequently to audiences around the country on topics relating to Islam in world politics.

Areas of Expertise

Religion and politics, particularly the role of Islam in domestic and international relations; ethics and international relations, particularly the comparative ethics of war and peace; Middle East politics.


  • Ph.D., A.M., A.B., Harvard University
  • M.A., Princeton University

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