Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Professor Charles R H Tripp

Key information

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice Member Member Associate Member Centre for Global Media and Communications Associate Member Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies Member
BA (Oxford) MSc, PhD (London)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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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)

Research interests

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

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Dr James Eastwood The ethics of Israeli militarism: conflict and confession since 1982
Mr Guy Robert Eyre Walking the Boundaries: Paths to Islamic Politics in Morocco
Isabel Käser Militant Femininity: The PKK-led Women's Movement in the Kurdish Middle East – A Transnational Analysis
Joshua Rigg The Engaging Politics of Refusal: Transition and Resistance in Tunisia since the Arab Uprisings
Mr Mohammad Ali Shabani Shi’a Brothers, Shi’a Rivals; Competition and Cooperation between Iran and Post-Saddam Iraq


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