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Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Charles R H Tripp

BA (Oxford) MSc, PhD (London)


Charles Tripp
Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East

Centre for Media Studies

Associate Member

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ)


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)


Professor Charles R H Tripp
Email address:
020 7898 4748
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Wednesdays 10- 12


Charles Tripp is Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East and a Fellow of the British Academy. His research interests include the nature of autocracy, state and resistance in the Middle East, the politics of Islamic identity and the relationship between art and power. He is currently working on a study of the emergence of the public and the rethinking of republican ideals across the states of North Africa.  Together with other colleagues in the department he has been one of the founders of the Centre for Comparative Political Thought at SOAS.  

His publications include Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenge of Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2006); A History of Iraq (Cambridge University Press, 2007) His most recent book is The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2013)


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Ahrum Yoo, Exit Marx, Enter Khomeini: The shift of ideological frame from Leftism to Political Islam of Maoist Fatah Student Brigade (MFB) in Lebanon in 1970s-1980s
  • Amir Khnifess, The Collective Action of the Druze in Israel: Between Politics of Accommodation and Politics of Contention
  • Benjamin Schuetze, Unforeseen and Contradictory Consequences of US and European Democracy Promotion in Jordan
  • Ed Marques , Libyan Revolutionary Diplomacy: February to December 2011
  • Edwige Aimee Fortier, Powerful Publics: Civil Society, Tunisia, and the Transition to Democracy (2011-2013)
  • Emanuelle Degli Esposti, Through the Fractured Looking Glass: Power, Subjectivity and the State in the Iraqi Shi’a Diaspora
  • Gerasimos Tsourapas , Trading People, Consolidating Power: Authoritarianism and the Institutionalisation of Emigration in Egypt
  • James Eastwood, The ethics of Israeli militarism: conflict and confession since 1982
  • Jamil Mouawad, Lebanon: The Negotiated State (Working Title)
  • Marwa Salem Mamdou, The Feeble Giant: Analysing Egypt’s Foreign policy towards some African issues
  • Rounwah Bseiso, Working Title (currently undergoing major amendments) - Art and the Production of Space in Post-Revolutionary Egypt
  • Salam Karam, Constitution-making process in Iraq


Middle East: states and ideologies, war and resistance, Islamic and comparative political thought
The nature of autocracy and the sociology of power
Art and Power


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Available for
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Tripp, Charles (2013) The Power and the People: paths of resistance in the Middle East. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles (2009) Historia Iraku. Warsaw: Ksiazka i Wiedza.

Tripp, Charles (2007) A History of Iraq (3rd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles (2006) Islam and the Moral Economy: the challenge of capitalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles (2006) Sahafat min ta'rikh al-`iraq al-mu`asir. Beirut: Arab Scientific Publishers.

Tripp, Charles (2003) Storia dell'Iraq. Bompiani (Italy).

Tripp, Charles (2003) Historia do Iraque. Publicacoes Europa-America (Portugal).

Tripp, Charles (2003) Historia de Iraq. Cambridge University Press (Spain).

Tripp, Charles (2002) Irak - Een Geschiedenis. Bulaaq (Netherlands).

Tripp, Charles (2002) A History of Iraq - Second Edition. Cambridge University Press (UK).

Tripp, Charles (2000) A History of Iraq. CUP.

Tripp, Charles and Chubin, S (1996) Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations and Regional Order. OUP for Int. Institute for Strategic Studies.

Book Chapters

Tripp, Charles (2014) 'The Politics of Resistance and the Arab Uprisings.' In: Gerges, Fawaz A., (ed.), The New Middle East: protest and revolution in the Arab World. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 135-154.

Tripp, Charles (2012) 'Acting and acting out: Conceptions of political participation in the Middle East.' In: Freeden, Michael and Vincent, Andrew, (eds.), Comparative Political Thought: Theorizing Practices. London: Routledge. (Routledge Studies in Comparative Political Thought)

Tripp, Charles (2010) 'West Asia from the First World War.' In: Robinson, Francis, (ed.), The Islamic World in the Age of Western Dominance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 336-371. (The New Cambridge History of Islam; Volume 5)

Tripp, Charles (2008) 'The Security Council and the Iran-Iraq War.' In: Lowe, Vaughan and Roberts, Adam and Welsh, Jennifer and Zaum, Dominik, (eds.), The United Nations Security Council and War. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 368-383.

Tripp, Charles (2007) ''In the Name of the People'. The 'People's Court' and the Iraqi Revolution (1958-1960).' In: Strauss, J. C. and Cruise O'Brien, D. B., (eds.), Staging Politics. Power and Performance in Asia and Africa. I.B. Tauris, pp. 31-48.

Tripp, Charles (2007) 'Islam and the Contingency of Politics.' In: Almquist, Kurt, (ed.), The Secular State and Islam in Europe. Stockholm, Sweden: Axel & Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, pp. 81-96.

Tripp, Charles (2002) 'L'Irak et la guerre de 1948: une image du désordre en Irak.' In: L., E and Shlaim, A, (eds.), La Guerre de Palestine: derriere le mythe 1948. Editions Autrement (France), pp. 119-148.

Tripp, Charles (2002) 'The Foreign Policy of Iraq.' In: Hinnebusch, R and Ehteshami, A, (eds.), The Foreign Policies of Middle East States. Lynne Rienner Publishers (USA), pp. 167-192.

Tripp, Charles (2001) 'Iraq and the 1948 War: Mirror of Iraq's Disorder.' In: Rogan, E.L. and Shlaim, A., (eds.), The War for Palestine. Rewriting the History of 1948. Cambridge University Press, pp. 125-150.

Tripp, Charles (2001) 'States, Elites and the 'Management of Change'.' In: Hakimian, H. and Moshaver, Z., (eds.), The State and Global Change. The Political Economy of Transition in the Middle East and North Africa. Richmond: Curzon, pp. 211-231.

Tripp, Charles (1997) 'Iraq.' In: The Cold War and the Middle East. OUP, pp. 186-215.

Tripp, Charles (1997) 'An ''Islamic Economics''? Problems in the imagined reappropriation of economic life.' In: K, ed, (ed.), Politics and the Ends of Identity. Ashgate Publishing (Aldershot), pp. 155-176.


Tripp, Charles (2013) 'Performing the Public: theatres of power in the Middle East.' Constellations, 20 (2). pp. 203-216.

Tripp, Charles (2013) 'Art of the Uprisings in the Middle East.' Brown Journal of World Affairs, 19 (2). pp. 185-199.

Tripp, Charles (2012) 'The Art of Resistance in the Middle East.' Asian Affairs, 43 (3). pp. 393-409.

Tripp, Charles (2009) 'All (Muslim) Politics is Local.' Foreign Affairs, 88 (5). pp. 124-129.

Tripp, Charles (2002) 'After Saddam.' Survival, vol. 4 . pp. 23-38.

Tripp, Charles (2001) 'Syria: the State and its Narratives [Review Article].' Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 3 . pp. 199-206.

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