Mr Sasan Aghlani
BA POLITICS (GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON) MSC INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (LSE)
“Security from Qom to Tehran” examines the discursive and substantive role that religious discourse and authority play in shaping the Islamic Republic’s security policies. Focussing on the issues of nuclear weapons non-proliferation and nuclear energy security, it attempts to link the philosophical, jurisprudential and political opinions of scholars in the seminaries of Qom to the policy-making process in Tehran. The study illustrates the scope of political influence possessed by the Shi’i ulama (religious scholars) within the Islamic Republic’s governing system of Wilayat al-Faqih (Guardianship of the Jurist).
Conducting interviews with religious scholars at the hawza ‘ilmiya in Qom, as well as with policy-makers in Tehran, and utilising discourse analysis and process tracing, the author offers a new model for analysing the religious dimension of security policy formation in the Islamic Republic, beyond discourses of ‘mad mullahs’ and secularised accounts of the role of religion in International Relations (IR).
2013 - Under Construction: Trajectories of the Political
Critical theory, political theory, nuclear deterrence, Shi’i political thought, Iran, Lebanon, international security studies, Islamic philosophy, International Relations (realist & critical perspectives)