SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Charles R H Tripp

BA (Oxford) MSc, PhD (London)
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Charles Tripp
Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)

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Centre for Global Media and Communications

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Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


Professor Charles R H Tripp
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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)


PhD Students supervised
  • 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
  • James Eastwood, The ethics of Israeli militarism: conflict and confession since 1982
  • Joshua Rigg, The Engaging Politics of Refusal: Transition and Resistance in Tunisia since the Arab Uprisings
  • Mohammad Ali Shabani, Shi’a Brothers, Shi’a Rivals; Competition and Cooperation between Iran and Post-Saddam Iraq


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


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Authored Books

Tripp, Charles (2016) Al-Sultah wa-l-Sha`b - masarat al-muqawamah fi al-sharq al-awsat. Beirut: Al-Shabakah al-`Arabiyyah li-l-Abhath wa-l-Nashr.

Tripp, Charles (2013) The Power and the People: paths of resistance in the Middle East. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles (2009) Historia Iraku. Warsaw: Ksiazka i Wiedza.

Tripp, Charles (2007) A History of Iraq (3rd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles (2006) صفحات من تاريخ العراق المعاصر = Ṣafaḥāt min tārīkh al-ʻIrāq al-muʻāṣir. Beirut: Arab Scientific Publishers.

Tripp, Charles (2006) Islam and the Moral Economy: the challenge of capitalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles (2003) Historia de Iraq. Madrid: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles (2003) Storia dell'Iraq. Milan: Bompiani (Italy).

Tripp, Charles (2003) Historia do Iraque. Mem Martins, Sintra: Publicacoes Europa-America (Portugal).

Tripp, Charles (2002) Irak - Een Geschiedenis. Amsterdam: Bulaaq.

Tripp, Charles (2002) A History of Iraq - Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles (2000) A History of Iraq. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tripp, Charles and Chubin, S (1996) Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations and Regional Order. Oxford: OUP for Int. Institute for Strategic Studies.


Tripp, Charles (2022) 'Al-malik al-salih – Islam and the monarchy in 1930s Egypt'. Middle Eastern Studies, (58) 3, pp 354-370.

Tripp, Charles (2016) 'Art, Power and Knowledge: Claiming Public Space in Tunisia'. Middle East Law and Governance, (9) 2-3, pp 250-274.

Tripp, Charles (2013) 'Performing the Public: theatres of power in the Middle East'. Constellations, (20) 2, pp 203-216.

Tripp, Charles (2013) 'Art of the Uprisings in the Middle East'. Brown Journal of World Affairs, (19) 2, pp 185-199.

Tripp, Charles (2012) 'The Art of Resistance in the Middle East'. Asian Affairs, (43) 3, pp 393-409.

Tripp, Charles (2009) 'All (Muslim) Politics is Local'. Foreign Affairs, (88) 5, pp 124-129.

Tripp, Charles (2002) 'After Saddam'. Survival, (vol. 4), pp 23-38.

Tripp, Charles (2001) 'Syria: the State and its Narratives [Review Article]'. Middle Eastern Studies, (37) 2, pp 199-206.

Edited Books or Journals

Collins, Paul and Tripp, Charles, (eds.), (2017) Gertrude Bell and Iraq - a Life and Legacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy. (Proceedings of the British Academy; 205).

Tripp, Charles and Vom Bruck, Gabriele, (eds.), (2017) Precarious Belongings: Being Shiʿi in Non-Shiʿi Worlds. London, UK: Centre for Academic Shiʿa Studies (CASS).

Book Chapters

Vom Bruck, Gabriele (2017) 'How the past casts its shadows: Struggles for ascendancy in northern Yemen in the post-Salih era'. In: Vom Bruck, Gabriele and Tripp, Charles, (eds.), Precarious belonging: Being Shi’i in non-Shi’i worlds. London: The Centre for Academic Shiʿa Studies (CASS).

Vom Bruck, Gabriele and Tripp, Charles (2017) 'Introduction'. In: Vom Bruck, Gabriele and Tripp, Charles, (eds.), Precarious belonging: Being Shi’i in non-Shi`i worlds. London: Centre for Academic Shia Studies, pp 1-26.

Tripp, Charles (2014) 'The Politics of Resistance and the Arab Uprisings'. In: Gerges, Fawaz A., (ed.), The New Middle East: protest and revolution in the Arab World. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp 135-154.

Tripp, Charles (2012) 'Acting and acting out: Conceptions of political participation in the Middle East'. In: Freeden, Michael and Vincent, Andrew, (eds.), Comparative Political Thought: Theorizing Practices. London: Routledge.

Tripp, Charles (2010) 'West Asia from the First World War'. In: Robinson, Francis, (ed.), The Islamic World in the Age of Western Dominance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 336-371.

Tripp, Charles (2008) 'The Security Council and the Iran-Iraq War'. In: Lowe, Vaughan and Roberts, Adam and Welsh, Jennifer and Zaum, Dominik, (eds.), The United Nations Security Council and War. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, pp 368-383.

Tripp, Charles (2007) ''In the Name of the People'. The 'People's Court' and the Iraqi Revolution (1958-1960)'. In: Strauss, Julia and Cruise O'Brien, Donal, (eds.), Staging Politics. Power and Performance in Asia and Africa. London: I.B. Tauris, pp 31-48.

Tripp, Charles (2007) 'Islam and the Contingency of Politics'. In: Almquist, Kurt, (ed.), The Secular State and Islam in Europe. Stockholm, Sweden: Axel & Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, pp 81-96.

Tripp, Charles (2002) 'L'Irak et la guerre de 1948: une image du désordre en Irak'. In: Logan, Eugene L. and Shlaim, Avi, (eds.), 1948, la guerre de Palestine: derrière le mythe. Paris: Editions Autrement, pp 119-148.

Tripp, Charles (2002) 'The Foreign Policy of Iraq'. In: Hinnebusch, Raymond A. and Ehteshami, Anoushiravan, (eds.), The Foreign Policies of Middle East States. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, pp 167-192.

Tripp, Charles (2001) 'Iraq and the 1948 War: Mirror of Iraq's Disorder'. In: Rogan, Eugene L. and Shlaim, Avi, (eds.), The War for Palestine. Rewriting the History of 1948. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 125-150.

Tripp, Charles (2001) 'States, Elites and the 'Management of Change''. In: Hakimian, Hassan and Moshaver, Ziba, (eds.), The State and Global Change. The Political Economy of Transition in the Middle East and North Africa. Richmond: Curzon, pp 211-231.

Tripp, Charles (1997) 'Iraq'. In: Sayigh, Yezid and Shlaim, Avi, (eds.), The Cold War and the Middle East. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 186-215.

Tripp, Charles (1997) 'An ''Islamic Economics''? Problems in the imagined reappropriation of economic life'. In: Dean, Kathryn, (ed.), Politics and the Ends of Identity. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, pp 155-176.

Monographs and Working Papers

Tripp, Charles (2014) Battlefields of the Republic - the struggle for public space in Tunisia. London: LSE Middle East Centre.


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