SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Book Launch - Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, Future

IMG - Seyed Ali Alavi Book Cover
Dr Seyed Ali Alavi (SOAS)

Date: 12 November 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 12 November 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Book Launch


Examining the nature of relations between Iran and Palestine, this book (Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, Future) investigates the relationship between state and authorities in the Middle East. 

Analysing the connections of the Iranian revolutionary movements, both the Left and the Islamic camps’ perspectives are scrutinized. To provide a historical background to the post-revolutionary period, the genealogy of pro-Palestinian sentiments before 1979 are traced additionally. 

Demonstrating the pro-Palestinian stance of post-revolutionary Iran, the study focuses on the causes of roots of the ideological outlook and the interest of the state. Despite a growing body of literature on the Iranian Revolution and its impacts on the region, Iran’s connection with Palestine have been overlooked. This new volume fills the gap in the literature and enables readers to unpack the history of the two states. 

This unique and comprehensive coverage of Iran and Palestine’s relationship is a key resource for scholars and students interested in international relations, politics, Islamic and Middle East studies.


Seyed Ali Alavi is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of International Politics at SOAS, University of London. He holds a PhD in International Politics from the Department of Politics & International Studies, SOAS, University of London. His doctoral thesis is entitled 'Iran's Relations with Palestine'. He completed his Masters degree in Middle East Politics at SOAS, University of London and his undergraduate studies in International Politics of Europe and America in London.

Ali also holds BSc degree in Agricultural-genetic Engineering.

His interest lies in the area of International Politics of the Middle East and Europe. He participates in media interviews on current affairs. Ali is working on the role of IR theories with main focus on the West Asia. He speaks Persian, Arabic, Kurdish, and Azerbaijani with some understanding in Czech and Russian.

Chair: Narguess Farzad (SOAS)

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute and the Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS

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