Prof. 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. He is co-editor in chief, together with Prof. Ali Mirsepassi at New York University, of the Cambridge book series, THE GLOBAL MIDDLE EAST.

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 Iran, Islam, West Asia and North Africa, US foreign policy, power, resistance, comparative politics, international relations, critical theory, and questions of war and peace. 

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Published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press

The essays cover topics such as Khomeini's role as a historical personality, his political philosophy and its application to the constitution and politics of Iran, his stance toward the West, and his attitudes toward issues of gender.  Each contribution relates well to the theme, and the editor has done a remarkable job in integrating the work of various scholars.  On the topic of Khomeini, this is one of the best works available. -- Choice 

Published in 2013 (reprint in 2014) by Bloomsbury as a part of the "Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate thought" series

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. 


 

 Published in 2011 by Hurst & C0. and Columbia University Press. Republished by Oxford University Press.

 Searches for the underpinnings of the "clash of civilizations" that has determined so much of our political and cultural discourse. Revisits the Crusades, colonialism, the Enlightenment, and the war on terror; engages with both eastern and western thinkers, such as Adorno, Derrida, Farabi, Foucault, Hegel, Khayyam, Marcuse, Marx, Said, Ibn Sina, and Weber.

Published in 2008 by Hurst & Co. and Columbia University Press. New Edition republished by Oxford Univeresity Press.

Combines theory and lived experience to explain the foreign relations and domestic politics of post-revolutionary Iran. Guides the reader through the country's complex identity and actions, from the nuclear issue, Iranian-Arab relations, the politics of Islam, Iranian foreign policy to Iranian-American relations,  and questions of method and theory. 


Published by Routledge in 2006 as a part of the Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics series. Republished in 2009.

  • 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.