Law and Society of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and West Africa (esp. Senegal); Islamic Law; Legal and Social History; Legal and Social Anthropology; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Colonialism and Slavery in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Marxism; Critical Theory; Global Law/Governance; Cold War Studies.
Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.
Muslim Family law in the UK and Europe, Family Law, Multiculturalism, Citizenship, Islamic Jurisprudence and Human Rights, Feminist and Critical Social and Political Theories, Issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and Gender Equality.
Political Economy; Emerging finance capitalism; Privatization; Alternative development; Banking, finance, and development; Mexico, Turkey, other emerging capitalisms; State-capital-labour relations; State theory; Internationalization.
Tom Selwyn is Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, Visiting Professor at Breda University, The Netherlands, and Bethlehem University, Palestine. He was awarded Leverhulme Emeritus Professorial Research Fellowship in 2014. He is widely published in the field of the anthropology of tourism/pilgrimage/cultural heritage with regional interests in the Mediterranean, in particular Palestine/Israel. He directed/co-directed four major research and development projects in the Mediterranean region for the European Commission between 1990 and 2010 and founded the MA in the Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage (ATTP) at SOAS in 2010. He co-convenes the SOAS ATTP summer school, was awarded the Lucy Mair medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2009, and was Hon.Librarian of the RAI library collection at the British Museum for a decade. He is co-editor (with Nicola Frost) of the series Articulating Journeys: Festivals, Memorials, and Homecomings for Berghahn publishers and co-editor of Travelling Towards Home (2018) in that series. He is author of “Tourism, Travel, and Pilgrimage” in Callan,H, (ed) (2018) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (Wiley), “Brexit, Grenfell, Windrush, and the mooring, un-mooring, and re-mooring of home” in Ethnoscripts (2019), “The politics of Palestinian suffering, commemoration, and belonging” (review article) JRAI (2020), Foreword to Andrews, H (ed) Brexit and Tourism: Travel, Borders and Identity Channel View (2020), and “Why People Travel”, Independent Travel Commission (2021).
Political, Economic and Social History of Turkey and the Middle East with special reference to the Kurdish Question in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria; Politics and Development Economics of the Countries of the Middle East; Social Change and Social Theory.