SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar publishes new book on roots of national identity

18 December 2017
Psycho-nationalism: Global thought, Iranian imaginations

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies and Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS University of London has published a new book looking at the psychological and political roots of national identity

Psycho-nationalism: Global thought, Iranian imaginations focuses on the use of Iranian identity to offer a timely exploration into the psychological and political roots of national identity and how these are often utilised by governments from East to West.

Examining this trend, both under the Shah of Iran as well as by the governments since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Professor Adib-Moghaddam's analysis is driven by what he terms 'psycho-nationalism', a new concept derived from psychological dynamics in the making of nations. Through this, he demonstrates how nationalist ideas evolved in global history and their impact on questions of identity, statecraft and culture.

The book appears as the second instalment of the Cambridge University Press book series The Global Middle East which Professor Adib-Moghaddam initiated and which he is co-editing with Professor Ali Mirsepassy of New York University.