Sohail Hashmi

Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics; Chair of International Relations
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.

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.

Recent Campus News

MHC Semester in D.C. program resumed its in-person operations in the fall 2021.

MHC Semester in D.C. returns to in-person operations

Mount Holyoke’s Semester in D.C. prepares students for careers in public service.

a collage of photographs of the six students participating in the MHC Semester in DC program

MHC in D.C. program breaks new ground

Mount Holyoke’s first remote Semester in D.C. program also has the first Frances Perkins Scholar, first Posse Scholar and first 21st-Century Scholar.

Photo of Savannah Harriman-Pote ’20

From photography to podcasting

A photography course with an internationally-renowned photographer became an opportunity to produce a National Geographic podcast on climate change.

Recent Publications