Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies at SOAS, University of London and Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute. Educated at the Universities of Hamburg, American (Washington DC) and Cambridge, where he received his MPhil and PhD as a multiple scholarship student, he was the first Jarvis Doctorow Fellow in International Relations and Peace Studies at St. Edmund Hall and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

As a critic, writer and scholar, Adib-Moghaddam is best known for his work on Iran, relations between the west and the Muslim world and the international politics of West Asia and North Africa. As a public intellectual, he writes on contemporary politics and culture and his commentary and interviews have been published by leading outlets including Al-Jazeera, CNN, The Daily Star (Beirut), The Guardian, The Independent, Mehr News Agency (Iran), Outlook Magazine (India) and opendemocracy. Adib-Moghaddam has lectured globally on topics ranging from Iranian and Islamic politics, Islamophobia, critical and postcolonial theory and the myth of a clash of civilisations.

This site was created in order to archive his publications and activities and to provide a research platform for everyone interested in power, resistance, comparative politics, international relations, critical theory, and questions of war and peace. 

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On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today is the first comparative analysis of two central political events that have altered our world forever: the Arab uprisings which started in Tunisia, and the Iranian revolution in 1979. Adib-Moghaddam demonstrates how contemporary forms of protest are changing our understanding about the way power and resistance function. In a theoretical tour de force which is substantiated with a range of primary material, he argues that acts of protest in Tehran to Cairo can be entirely linked to the same act in New York, London, Madrid and Athens. Breaking through the east/west, north/south divide, Adib-Moghaddam shows how the Arab revolts promise to shift the discourse away from the idea that Arabs and Muslims are peculiar, that "Middle Eastern Studies" cannot be linked to political theory, that the dynamics of rebellion "there" are fundamentally different from the politics of revolt "here".


In his On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam has brought his formidable intellectual capacities to provide a groundbreaking comparative assessment of these revolutions in such a solid and provocative way that no future study can ignore or soon surpass.”

Hamid Dabashi, author of Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism (2011).


“Amid the plethora of recent books on the 2011 Arab uprisings, Adib-Moghaddam has written a compelling and original work on the global interconnectedness of power and resistance. This is a book that is both empirically and theoretically rich, placing the revolutions of Iran in 1978-79 and the Arab world in 2011 in a larger, global context. It should be essential reading for anyone interested in the serious study of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, revolutions, and social movements.” 

Mehran Kamrava, author of The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War


PUBLISHED in 2011 by HURST & CO. and COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS. Republished by Oxford 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 Oxford Univeresity Press.


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.