School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Seyed Ali Alavi

Key information

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Lecturer in Middle Eastern and Iranian Studies Centre for Iranian Studies Member
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
BSc, BA (London), MSc, PhD (SOAS)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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+44(0)20 7898 4693
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Tuesday 5:00pm-6:00pm and Friday 11:00am-12 noon


Ali Alavi completed his BA in International Studies in London and MSc in Middle Eastern Studies and PhD at SOAS. Also, he holds a degree in Agricultural Genetic Engineering.  Ali taught several modules at SOAS including International Relations and International Politics of the Middle East and Foreign Policy Analysis. Ali is teaching and convening modules of Re-Mapping Area Studies (Africa, Middle East and Asia), Critical Perspective on Palestine Studies, Decolonising Otherness and Iran, History, Culture and Politics. He is interested in the concept of orientalism and its impacts on popular culture as well as the historical, cultural and socio-political linkages within Global South beyond geographical borders (mainly Africa, Greater Asia and the Middle East). His research also focuses on the Middle Eastern Studies, Palestinain Studies and Iranian Studies. Ali’s single authored book of Iran and Palestine published in 2020 by Routledge publishers. His recent research is about the cultural activities within Cyber Space and its impacts on national and cross-border debates particularly during regional conflicts. Ali’s research is focused on the Middle East and North Africa, Greater Asia and Eurasia. Ali Speaks Arabic, Farsi (Persian), Kurdish and Azeri-Turkish.

Research interests

Middle East Studies, Iranian Studies, Palestinian Studies, Area Studies (Middle East, Asia, Africa, Eurasia), Orientalism, International Studies


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