Dr Andrea Mura

Staff details

Dr Andrea Mura


Senior Lecturer in International Political Theory


Politics and International Relations


a.mura (@gold.ac.uk)

Andrea has research interests in Political Philosophy, Geopolitics, and Postcolonial Theory.

Andrea Mura is member of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths.

Andrea has research and teaching interests in Critical Theory, Geopolitics, and Postcolonial Theory.

Research interests

His work focuses on three main research areas:

  • Political theology, economic theology and decoloniality, with particular reference to the categories of exception, debt and necessity between Europe and the Middle East and to the modern concept of ‘economy of salvation’.

  • Comparative/International political thought: 1) investigating how theories, experiences, and stories of postcolonial societies and Indigenous peoples contribute to and reorient debates on territorial sovereignty, citizenship, and political identity; 2) 'non-state' paradigms or models of international law and politics (e.g., notions of dawlah, caliphate, Islamic state, hierocracy/theocracy, Chinese models of civilization-state, etc.)

  • Psycho-Politics: Politics and economy of desire (e.g., affective politics of space).

Areas of interest:

Political Theory, Critical Modernity Studies, Postcolonial and decolonial thought, critical theory, Islamic political thought, International Politics of the Middle East.

Publications and research outputs


Mura, Andrea. 2015. The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism: A Study in Islamic Political Thought. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781472443892

Edited Journal

Mura, Andrea and Gentili, Dario, eds. 2014. Introducing Teatro Valle – Searching for a European Commons, openDemocracy, .

Book Section

Mura, Andrea. 2023. Cent’anni dopo 'Teologia Politica': Pensiero tecnico-economico e Impresa di Sé. In: Arthur Bradley and Elettra Stimilli, eds. Teologia Politica Oggi? Macerata: Quodlibet. ISBN 9788822920782

Mura, Andrea. 2020. Religion and Islamic Radicalization. In: Yannis Stavrakakis, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory. London: Routledge, pp. 316-329. ISBN 9781138696310

Mura, Andrea. 2019. Teologia Politica e Islamismo: Tra universalismo e caduta apocalittica nel pensiero di Sayyid Qutb. In: Elettra Stimilli, ed. Teologie e politica: Genealogie e attualità. Macerata, Italy: Quodlibet. ISBN 9788822902429


Mura, Andrea. 2023. The Oracles of Neoliberal Governance: A Critical Response to Elettra Stimilli’s Debt and Guilt. Political Theology, 24(4), pp. 410-417. ISSN 1462-317X

Mura, Andrea. 2022. Political and economic theology after Carl Schmitt: The confessional logic of deferment. Journal for Cultural Research, 26(3-4), pp. 266-278. ISSN 1479-7585

Mura, Andrea. 2018. Islamische Wiedergeburt und die Politik der Globalisierung aus Lacan’scher Perspektive. Lacaniana,


Mura, Andrea. 2014. Rosi Braidotti on crisis, capital and austerity - Interview by Andrea Mura.

Media engagements