Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Reader in Comparative Politics and International Relations and Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He has published three books on Islam, Iran and world politics and numerous articles and opinion pieces with global distribution. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cambridge's European Trust Society and he was the first Jarvis Doctorow Fellow at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.
At SOAS, Adib-Moghaddam convenes postgraduate courses on the international politics of West Asia and North Africa and on contemporary Islamic political thought.
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PUBLISHED in 2011 by HURST & CO. and COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
Beginning with the wars of ancient Persia and Greece, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam searches for the theoretical underpinnings of the "clash of civilizations" that has determined so much of our political and cultural discourse. He revisits the Crusades, colonialism, the Enlightenment, and our contemporary war on terror, and he engages with both eastern and western thinkers, such as Adorno, Derrida, Farabi, Foucault, Hegel, Khayyam, Marcuse, Marx, Said, Ibn Sina, and Weber. Expanding critical theory to include Islamic philosophy and poetry, this metahistory refuses to treat Muslims and Europeans, Americans and Arabs, and the Orient and the Occident as separate entities.
Published in 2008 by Hurst & Co. and Columbia University Press. New Edition republished by Columbia in 2010.
How has the Islamic Republic developed ideologically since the revolution of 1979? What are the best ways of comprehending the country at this critical juncture in its history? In this book, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam combines theory and lived experience to explain the foreign relations and domestic politics of post-revolutionary Iran. He guides the reader through the country's complex identity and actions, from the nuclear issue to Iran's perpetual political standoff with the United States, from the future of Iranian democracy to Iranian-Arab relations, from American neoconservatism to Islamic utopian-romanticism, and from Avicenna to Ayatollah Khomeini.
Published by Routledge in 2006 as a part of the Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics series. Republished in paperback in 2009.
Key issues explored include:
- the rise and fall of Arab and Persian nationalism
- the international repercussions of the Islamic revolution in Iran
- the events surrounding the three Gulf Wars
- the ideology and disruptive impact of terrorist networks such as al-Qaeda
- why US foreign policies have threatened the regional order in the Persian Gulf.
AL-JAZEERA, EMPIRE, London, December 2011 (47 min)