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Centre for Iranian Studies

Centre for Iranian Studies Members

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Centre Chair
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam International politics of West Asia; Iranian foreign and domestic politics; Critical theories of international relations; US foreign policy in the ‘third world’; Islamic political and intellectual history.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4747
  • Email: aa106@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 216
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 5-6pm, Wednesdays 4-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 3, 2014/15

Advisory Committee

Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian
Advisory Committee Member
Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian

All cultural matters, with a special emphasis on artistic and architectural heritage (including gardens), but also literature, music and dance, and any cultural interaction between civilizations since prehistory. Nature and environmental matters (since 1971).

Narguess Farzad
Advisory Committee Member
Narguess Farzad Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: 020 7898 4346
  • Email: nf1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 440
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:30 -14:30, Wednesdays 13:00- 14:00

Annabelle Sreberny
Advisory Committee Member
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4422
  • Email: as98@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm or by email appointment
Sarah Stewart
Advisory Committee Member
Sarah Stewart

Lecturer in Zoroastrianism, with particular reference to the living tradition in Iran and India. Convenor: Islam in Britain.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4270
  • Email: ss7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 331
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 12-1pm

Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellows

Stefania Petralla
Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellow
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Stefania Petralla's research looks at The role of traditional practices and structures for the definition of Persian building identity. A historical investigation on the management of local resources for the maturation of a proper architectural language.

Hamid Pouran
Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellow in Iran’s Environmental Sustainability
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Members

Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Member
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Peter Austin
Member
Peter Austin

Typology, morpho-syntax, language documentation and description, historical linguistics, Lexical-Functional grammar, computer-aided linguistic analysis, Austronesian languages, Australian Aboriginal languages

  • Tel: 020 7898 4586
  • Email: pa2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 363
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm

Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Member
Doris Abouseif

Architecture of Cairo, the art and archaeology of Turkey, Iran and the Near East

Teresa Bernheimer
Member
Teresa Berheimer

Islamic History to 1200; social history of elites in early Islam, especially 'Alid family; documentary and material evidence from Late Antiquity to early Islam; origins and development of Shi'ism; early Islamic Iran

  • Tel: 020 7898 4605
  • Email: tb31@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Anna Contadini
Member
Anna Contadini Arab and early Persian painting and the arts of the Islamic book in general, including the production of manuscripts of the Qur'an; art and material culture of the Islamic world; Fatimid art and architecture; the arts of Islamic Spain; artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe; aspects of contemporary Islamic art.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4458
  • Email: ac24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B306
  • Office Hours: All Year (during term time) - Thursdays 2-3pm
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Member
William Gervase Clarence-Smith History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

François de Blois
Member
François de Blois

François de Blois has published extensively on Iranian and Semitic languages and literatures, as well as on the social and religious history of the Near East and Central Asia in pre-modern times. His books include "Persian literature, a bio-bibliographical survey. Volume V: Poetry of the pre-Mongol period", second, revised edition, 2004.

Sorour Dundon
Member
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Heather Elgood
Member
Hettie Elgood Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art. She is a specialist in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal manuscript painting as well as the ritual arts of Hinduism.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm or by email appointment

Hassan Hakimian
Member
Hassan Hakimian

Human Resources; Demography; Trade Policy & Regional Integration; Energy and Natural Resources with reference to the MENA region.

Jan-Peter Hartung
Member
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Intellectual History of Islam with special reference to South Asia and the wider Persianate World, Political Islam, later Islamic Philosophy and Theology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4383
  • Email: Jh74@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 333
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm

Almut Hintze
Member
Almut Hintze

Dr Hintze takes an interest in all aspects of Zoroastrianism, the religion of pre-Islamic Iran.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4598
  • Email: ah69@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 334
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm (and by Appointment)
Erica Hunter
Member
Erica Hunter

Eastern Christianity; Syriac Christianity in the Middle East, with particular reference to Iraq; Syriac Christianity in medieval Central Asia and China

  • Tel: 020 7898 4663
  • Email: eh9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 339
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment

Massoud Karshenas
Member
Staff Silhouette Middle East economics, Oil and economic development, Global poverty and growth, labour markets and structural adjustment.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4535
  • Email: mk@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 268
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays from 12:00 to 14:00
Hugh N Kennedy
Member
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Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4251
  • Email: hk1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 436
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2

George Lane
Member
George Lane Current research concerns the presence of Persians in Yuan (Mongol) China. Teaching concentrates on Mediaeval Persia. Involved in IFCELS with the Lord Chancellor's programme for Chinese Lawyers since the early 90s as well as pre-sessionals and ELAS.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4285
  • Email: gl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 303
  • Office Hours: All Year - Fridays 1:30-3:30pm (during term time)
Nima Mina
Member
Staff Silhouette Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 / Weds 11:00-13:00

Dan Plesch
Member
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4434
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Elaheh Rostami-Povey
Member
Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East, in particular gender issues in Iran. Women’s employment, feminism, war, conflict, diaspora, Iran in the Middle East.


Nicholas Sims-Williams
Member
Nicholas Sims-Williams Iranian and Central Asian philology; Christian and Manichaean texts from Central Asia.
Renate Söhnen-Thieme
Member
Renate Sohnen Thieme Sanskrit language and literature; classical Indian religions; folklore and music of Baltistan

Anicee Van Engeland
Member
Anicee Van Engeland

Iranian law, Islamic law, human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law, migrations, gender, Iran, Afghanistan.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4646
  • Email: av5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 255
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:15 to 16:15 and Wed 11.00 to 12.00
Gabriele vom Bruck
Member
Gabriele Vom Bruck

Middle East with emphasis on the Arabian Peninsular (especially Yemen): elites, memory, religion and politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4408
  • Email: gb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 585
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5pm

Burzine K Waghmar
Member
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Indo-Iranian History, Historical Geography and Philology (Avestan, Old Persian, Parthian, Pahlavi, Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Pashto, Balochi and Kashmiri); Languages and Religions of Late Antiquity and the Silk Road (Bactrian, Khotanese, Sogdian, contacts among Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and early Islam); Pakistan studies (Ancient and early Medieval History, Dardic and Nuristani dialectology, ethnography and topography of NWFP, FATA, Northern Areas and Trans-Karakoram Tract); Pakistani minorities; HUMINT counterterrorism and linguistic analysis; South Asian Muslim psycho-sociology; Muslim non-Muslim relations (Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh).

  • Email: bw3@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Owen Wright
Member
Owen Wright Music of the Islamic Middle East; historical musicology

Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Member
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email: sz10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Associate Members

Haleh Anvari
Associate Member
Haleh Anvari

Haleh Anvari is an independent artist and writer, her areas of interest include the post revolutionary visual culture and contemporary art of Iran.

Negar Davari Ardakani
Associate Member
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Shahid Beheshti University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics


Kayhan Barzegar
Associate Member
Kayhan Barzegar

Kayhan Barzegar PhD is Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS) in Tehran. He is also a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University. Dr Barzegar was a Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs during 2007-2011 and a Post-doctorate Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) during 2002-2003. He has participated in numerous international conferences on Iran's regional policy, the politics of Iran’s nuclear program, Persian Gulf’s energy security issues, and Iran-US relations. Dr Barzegar is the Editor-in-Chief of Discourse: An Iranian English Quarterly.

Denis Hermann
Associate Member
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Historian and senior research fellow in the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), I am mostly working on the social and intellectual history of Twelver Shi’ism in Iran during the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century.


Jennifer Langer
Member
Jennifer Langer

My research continued my interest in cultural memory through Iranian Jewish literature. The literary production of exiled Iranian Jewish women appears in the anthology I edited: If Salt has Memory (Five Leaves: 2008).

Jane Lewisohn
Associate Member
Jane Lewisohn

Persian music and performing arts


Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Associate Member
Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Islam and feminism; Islamic family law, politics of gender and family law in Iran and Morocco

Laetitia Nanquette
Associate Member
Laetitia Nanquette

Contemporary Persian literature, circulation of literature and culture between Iran and the Iranian diasporas, the relations between Iran and the West, Persian literature and globalization.


Lawrence Potter
Associate Member
Lawrence Potter

Deputy Director of the Gulf/2000 Project at Columbia University, New York, a major international research project on long-term trends and policy developments in the Persian Gulf and has organised a number of major conferences and edited five books on the region (October 1994 to present).

Areas of interest include Islamic History, especially Iran, Afghanistan, Central and South Asia & Persian Gulf, medieval and modern; Islamic Religion, especially Sufism; Geography; Numismatics; US Foreign Policy.

Marina Díaz Sanz
Associate Member
Marina Díaz Sanz PhD student at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). My work revolves around the axis power-knowledge-space in relation to Western/Spanish geopolitical imagination vis-à-vis the Middle East and, more specifically, Iran. Critical Geopolitics and IR, the critique of Orientalism and Discourse Analysis inform my research project.

Asghar Seyed-Gohrab
Associate Member
Asghar Seyed-Gohrab

Asghar Seyed-Gohrab is Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University. He teaches classes on Persian and Middle Eastern literature, Islamic mysticism (Sufism), cultural and intellectual interaction between East and West, and Iranian film and cinema. His recent research examines how classical poetry and medieval mystic and philosophical concepts are applied in modern Iran, to effect and comment on political changes. He has concentrated on three central episodes in the 20th century. At the time of the Constitutional Revolution (1905-11), poetry became a vehicle for introducing ‘Western' social and political ideas. During the Islamic Revolution (1979), Khomeini used poetry to express his mystical ideals; he also used mystical concepts as a buttress for his theory of Islamic government. During the Iran-Iraq war, poetry became part of the state propaganda, supporting the cult of combatant martyrdom, which in the crisis became an icon of national identity and a means of justifying violence. Poetry was also used in intensely personal processing of the horrors and quandaries of revolution and war.

Richard Tapper
Associate Member
Richard Tapper

Lecturer, Reader and Professor in SOAS 1967-2004; fieldwork in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey; published on pastoral nomadism, ethnic and tribal minorities and the state, material cultures, culinary cultures, anthropology of Islam, Iranian Cinema.


Ghoncheh Tazmini
Associate Member
Ghoncheh Tazmini

Ghoncheh Tazmini's interests include Iran, Russia, the Arab revolts, Islam and modernity, social movements, reform and modernisation, cross-cultural discourse, and the ambivalent relationship between western and non-western traditions in the 21st century.

Massoumeh Torfeh
Associate Member
Massoumeh Torfeh

Massoumeh Torfeh, has been appointed UN Director of Strategic Communication and Spokesperson for Afghanistan and is a former senior producer in BBC World Service, specializes on the politics and media of Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.


Farshad Zahedi
Associate Member
Farshad Zahedi Farshad Zahedi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication, University of Carlos III of Madrid. Research interests: Iranian cinema and cultural studies; aesthetic roots; gender representations; psychoanalytic criticism; film theories; history of Iranian independent cinema. Teaching: Moving Image History; Film Studies.   
Mehdi Zakerian
Mehdi Zakerian

Mehdi Zakerian is based at the Faculty of Law & Political Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Sciences & Research Branch, Terhan. He is the editor-in-Chief of the International Studies Journal (ISJ), which is published quarterly in both Persian and English devoted to international affairs and human rights.


PhD Student Associate Members

Sasan Aghlani
PhD Student Associate Member
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Seyed Ali Alavi
PhD Student Associate Member
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My main researches and interests are around Middle East Politics, European (Central EU) and British and American Politics. Also I am interested in cultural issues and cultural identity politics. I speak English, Arabic, Farsi (Persian), Azeri, Kurdish and some understanding of  Hebrew.


Leyli I. Behbahani
PhD Student Associate Member
Leyli I Behbahani
Adam Benkato
PhD Student Associate Member
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Alexandra Buhler
PhD Student Associate Member
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Johann Chacko
PhD Student Associate Member
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Nazneen Engineer
PhD Student Associate Member
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Ali Fathollah-Nejad
PhD Student Associate Member
Ali Fathollah-Nejad

International relations; 21st-century world order; diplomacy; peace and conflict studies.


George Fernee
PhD Student Associate Member
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Sareh Javid
PhD Student Associate Member
Sareh Javid

The Traveller: A philosophical Journey through Cinema


Bita Mafizadeh
PhD Student Associate Member
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Benjamin Petrini
PhD Student Associate Member
Benjamin Petrini

Researcher and practitioner on war-to-peace transition and peacebuilding policies.

Political scientist with 5 years of experience at the World Bank on peacebuilding policies in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Conducted research and provided technical assistance on conflict analysis, forced displacement, and linkages between different forms of violence to advance the agenda of conflict prevention in the World Bank’s operations.


Nafiseh Sharifi
PhD Student Associate Member
Nafiseh Sharifi
Nikolaos Vryzidis
PhD Student Associate Member
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Arash Zeini
PhD Student Associate Member
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