SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar’s work honoured by leading Middle East and North Africa publication

11 April 2014
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam book

Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Reader in Comparative Politics and International Relations at SOAS, University of London has been described as a foremost thinker and commentator on the Middle East and Muslim world by online publication Muftah.

Muftah launched in May 2010 to provide incisive analysis on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that eschewed Western obsessions with terrorism, oil, and Islamism and, instead, highlighted issues and concerns that mattered to the region’s people.

The publication described Dr Adib-Moghaddam as one of few academics or intellectuals who can boast of his credentials, expertise, and prolific scholarship. It adds that his work has earned him an internationally renowned reputation as one of the foremost thinkers and commentators on the Middle East and Muslim world, its relationship with the West, US foreign policy toward these regions, Islamophobia, Orientalism, critical and postcolonial theory, and the myth of the clash of civilizations.

The scholar’s latest book, On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today, is the first comparative analysis of two central political events that have altered our world forever: the Arab uprisings which started in Tunisia, and the Iranian revolution in 1979.  Dr Adib-Moghaddam demonstrates how contemporary forms of protest are changing our understanding about the way power and resistance function.

In the past week alone Dr Adib-Moghaddam's commentary and interviews were published in Arabic and English by Al Jazeera's Centre for Studies and in Persian by Mehr News Agency in Tehran.