SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

BA, MA (Hamburg); MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
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Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies

Centre for Iranian Studies


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)


Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
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Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies at SOAS, University of London and Fellow of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. Educated at the Universities of Hamburg, American (Washington DC) and Cambridge, where he received his MPhil and PhD as a multiple scholarship student, Prof. Adib-Moghaddam was the first Jarvis Doctorow Fellow in International Relations and Peace Studies at St. Edmund Hall and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. Adib-Moghaddam received his Professorship at SOAS within eight years after his PhD as one of the youngest academics in his field.

At Cambridge University, he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge European Trust Society which was based at Trinity College under the auspices of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. In 2017, he was nominated to the national panel of the Royal Anniversary Trust which evaluates the Queen's Anniversary Prize, the highest form of recognition to higher education institutions in the UK which is announced in an annual ceremony at St. James’s Palace. In 2018, Hughes Hall in the University of Cambridge elected him as a Fellow.

Adib-Moghaddam is a member of several editorial boards, including Third World Quarterly, and he is co-editor in chief, together with Prof. Ali Mirsepassi (New York University), of the Cambridge book series, THE GLOBAL MIDDLE EAST. He is the author of several books, including On the Arab revolts and the Iranian revolution (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Psycho-nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2017). In addition, he has published over 50 research articles in scientific journals and books and he has given numerous key note lectures all over the world including in Japan, Qatar, Armenia, the United States, Iran, Germany and the UK.

As a critic and philosopher, Adib-Moghaddam is world renowned for his work about world politics, Iran, Islam and the West, and the international/comparative politics of West Asia and North Africa. As a public intellectual, he writes about contemporary culture and global politics and he has appeared in several documentaries produced by the BBC, Al -Jazeera and other TV outlets,. Prof. Adib-Moghaddam’s commentary and interviews have been published by leading outlets including Times Higher Education, Al-Jazeera, CNN, The Guardian, The Independent, Mehr News Agency and the Tehran Times.

More recently, Adib-Moghaddam has started to research the impact of ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE on human security.

@Adib_Moghaddam (Official Twitter site)



Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Amin Hashemi, Discourses in Popular Music of Post-Revolution Iran
  • Mehdi Beyad, A Claim to Space: The Discourse of Arab-Iranian Rivalry as Geopolitical Imaginary in Ba’thist Iraq and Pahlavi Iran
  • Mohammad Ali Shabani, Shi’a Brothers, Shi’a Rivals; Competition and Cooperation between Iran and Post-Saddam Iraq


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human security
  • Art, poetry, emotions as languages for global peace
  • Political/social psychology
  • The global politics of power and resistance
  • Global thought and comparative philosophies
  • Iran, East-West relations, West Asia and North Africa.


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Authored Books

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2017) Psycho-nationalism: Global Thought, Iranian Imaginations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2013) On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) A metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and them beyond Orientalism. London: Hurst; New York: Columbia University Press.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) siasate beinolmelalli dar chalije fars: tabarshenasi-ye farhangi. (in Persian) Trans. Gharayagh-Zandi Davoud. Tehran: Shirazeh Publishers.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) Iran in World Politics: the Question of the Islamic Republic. London: Hurst & Co; New York: Columbia University Press.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) The International Politics of the Persian Gulf. A Cultural Genealogy. London; New York: Routledge.


Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2015) 'Islamic Secularism and the Question of Freedom in Iran'. Middle East Critique, (25) 1, pp 71-82.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2013) 'What is Power in Iran? The shifting foundations of the Velayat-e Faqih'. Orient, (54) 6, pp 29-37.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'What is Radicalism? Power and Resistance in Iran'. Middle East Critique, (21) 3, pp 271-290.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'The Arab Revolts, Islam and Postmodernity'. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, (5) 1, pp 15-25.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'The Theory and Praxis of Iranian-American Relations'. International Studies Journal, (9) 1, pp 35-69.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Arabische Aufstände, Islam und Postmoderne (in German)'. INAMO, (68), pp 4-8.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'Aufstand fuer Gerechtigkeit'. Welt-Sichten Magazin, pp 58-61.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'Die „Geographie“ der Opposition in Iran: Utopia oder klassenbewusster Kommunitarismus? (in German)'. Inamo, (16) 63, pp 18-21.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) 'Discourse and violence: The friend-enemy conjunction in contemporary Iranian-American relations'. Critical Studies on Terrorism, (2) 3, pp 512-526.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) 'On “Islamic” politics and the resistance in Iraq'. International Studies Journal, (5) 4, pp 1-36.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'A (short) history of the Clash of Civilisations'. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, (21) 2, pp 217-234.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Zendan-e Abu Ghraib va Insaniyat (in Persian)'. Studies on Israel and the United States, (9) 3, pp 75-98.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Abu Ghraib and Insaniyat'. Monthly Review, (59) 7, pp 20-36.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Manufacturing War: Iran in the neoconservative imagination'. Third World Quarterly, (28) 3, pp 635-653.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Inventions of the Iran-Iraq war'. Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, (16) 1, pp 63-83.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Reflections on the emerging political economy of Iran'. International Studies Journal, (3) 3, pp 23-37.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The Whole Range of Saddam Hussein's War Crimes'. Middle East Report 239, pp 30-35.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Regional Security Complex Theory: a critical examination'. International Studies Journal, (3) 1, pp 25-40.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The Pluralistic Momentum in Iran and the Future of the Reform Movement'. Third World Quarterly, (27) 6, pp 665-674.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Reflections on the political economy of Iran'. International Studies Journal, (3) 3, pp 12-20.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2005) 'Islamic Utopian Romanticism and the Foreign Policy Culture of Iran'. Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, (14) 3, pp 265-292.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2002) 'Global Intifadah? September 11th and the Struggle within Islam'. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, (15) 2, pp 203-216.

Edited Books or Journals

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin, (ed.), (2014) A Critical Introduction to Khomeini. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2017) 'Global Thought: Lessons from other Philosophers (and Artists)'. In: Stone, Lucian and Mohaghegh, Jason Bahbak, (eds.), Manifestos for World Thought. London: Rowman and Littlefield International, pp 35-46.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2017) 'Islamic Secularism and the question of freedom in Iran'. In: Devji, Faisal and Kazmi, Zaheer, (eds.), Islam After Liberalism. London: Hurst, pp 189-202.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2016) 'What is Power in Iran? : The Shifting Foundations of the Velayat-e Faqih'. In: Monshipouri, Mahmood, (ed.), Inside the Islamic Republic: Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran. London: Hurst, pp 23-36.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2015) 'India in the Iranian imagination: Between Culture and Strategic Interest'. In: Sullivan, Kate, (ed.), Competing Visions of India in World Politics India’s Rise Beyond the West. Houndsmills; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 145-159.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2015) 'Global Intifadah? September 11th and the Struggle Within Islam'. In: Valbjorn, Morten and Lawson, Fred H., (eds.), The International Relations of the Middle East; Vol. 3. London: Sage.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2015) 'Remnants of Empire: Civilisation, Torture, and Racism in the War on Terrorism'. In: Cullinane, Patrick and Ryan, David, (eds.), U.S. Foreign Policy and the Other. New York: Berghahn, pp 222-234.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2015) 'Islamischer Diskurs und Islamische Politik in Westasien und Nordafrika'. In: Kollmorgen, Raj and Merkel, Wolfgang and Wagener, Hans-Jürgen, (eds.), Handbuch Transformationsforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer, pp 389-404.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2014) 'Introduction: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini: A clerical revolutionary?'. A Critical Introduction to Khomeini. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 1-18.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2014) 'Radicalism or revolution? Power and resistance in Iran'. In: Anceschi, Luca and Gervasio, Gennaro and Teti, Andrea, (eds.), Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 87-101.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2014) 'Global grandeur and the meaning of Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic'. In: Fürtig, Henner, (ed.), Regional powers in the Middle East : new constellations after the Arab revolts. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2014) 'A New Gulf Security Architecture : Prospects and Challenges for an Asian Role'. In: Gupta, Ranjit and Bagader, Abubaker and Ahmad, Talmiz and Janardhan, N, (eds.), A new Gulf Security Architecture: Prospects and challenge for an Asian role. Berlin: Gerlach Press.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2013) 'Islamic utopian romanticism and the foreign policy culture of Iran'. In: Legrenzi, Matteo, (ed.), Security in the Gulf : historical legacies and future prospects. London: Routledge, pp 129-155.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2013) 'Clash of Civilizations'. Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'Can the (sub)altern resist?: A dialogue between Foucault and Said'. In: Netton, Ian, (ed.), Orientalism Revisited: Art, land, voyage. Abingdon: Routledge.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'What is the Clash of Civilisations? Contrapuntal Reflections'. In: Mahdavi, Mojtaba and Knight, W. Andy, (eds.), Towards the Dignity of Difference: Neither End of History nor Clash of Civilisations. Farnham: Ashgate, pp 27-41.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'Iranian-American Relations and the Future Security Architecture in Western Asia'. In: Ahmad, Ali and Panda, Jagannath P. and Singh, Prashant K., (eds.), Towards a New Asian Order. New Dehli: Shipra Publications, pp 181-196.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'Discourse and Violence: The Friend-Enemy Conjunction in contemporary Iranian-American affairs'. In: Beranek, Ondrej, (ed.), Europe, the Middle East, and the Global War on Terror: Critical reflections. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Discourse and violence: the friend-enemy conjunction in contemporary Iranian-American relations'. In: Ehteshami, Anoush and Molavi, Reza, (eds.), Iran and the International System. Abingdon: Routledge, pp 150-167.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Who is the radical subject? Power and resistance in Iran'. In: Joffe, George, (ed.), Islamist Radicalisation in Europe and the Middle East: Reassessing the causes of terrorism. London: I. B. Tauris, pp 269-299.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Al-joghrafiya al-siasiya fi Iran'. Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre. Al Mesbar: Dubai, pp 153-170.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'What is Radicalism? Power and Resistance in Iran'. In: Beranek, Ondrey, (ed.), Iran: Between Power and Civil Society. Prague: Metropolitan University Prague, pp 25-55.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'Islamic Utopian Romanticism and the Foreign Policy Culture of Iran'. In: Legrenzi, Matteo, (ed.), Gulf Security: Historical legacies and future prospects. Abingdon: Routledge.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) 'Islamutopia, (Post)modernity and the Multitude'. In: Hayden, Patrick and el-Ojeili, Chamsy, (eds.), Globalisation and Utopia: Critical essays. London: Palgrave, pp 137-115.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'The Iran-Iraq War'. In: Kamrava, Mehran and Dorraj, Massoud, (eds.), Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic. Volume One, A-K. Westport, CT: Greenwood, pp 250-258.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Global Intifadah?: September 11th and the struggle within Islam'. In: Giusta, Marina Della and Kambhampati, Uma S. and Wade, Robert Hunter, (eds.), Critical Perspectives on Globalisation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Book Reviews

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) 'A Review of Kasra Naji, 'Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran’s Radical Leader''. Insight Turkey, (11) 3, pp 208-210.


Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2013) 'Iran-US rapprochement: Iran’s future role [Article In Arabic]' Al-Jazeera Center for Studies Report.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2013) 'Turkey and Iran: Islamic brotherhood or regional rivalry? [Article in Arabic]' Al-Jazeera Center for Studies Report.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'Iran, Netanyahu and the Holocaust'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'Islamutopia: A very short history of political Islam'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2012) 'Iran seems an unlikely culprit for the attacks on Israeli diplomats'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Iran is not about to collapse'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Do Tunisian elections mark shift to 'postmodernised Islam?''.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Iran, the Arab intifada and the end of the "Middle East"'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'After 9/11: The ripples of violence'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'A post-American world can benefit Iraq and Iran'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'After the “west”'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Bahrain in the Shadow of Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2011) 'Postmodern Islam and the Arab Revolts'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'Europe Still Vital in Talks With Iran'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'A new order in “greater west Asia”: AfPak to Palestine'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'How to make peace with Iran'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'What is the Green Movement?', ed.10.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'The Islamic Republic of Iran at 31'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2010) 'The future of Islam and Democracy in Iran', ed.3.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) 'No military solution to conflict'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) 'However this plays out Iran’s leader can claim a win'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) 'Martin Amis is wrong about Iran'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2009) 'Iran: This is not a revolution'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'A step beyond the rhetoric'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Obama’s “new” America and Iran'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Obama’s “new” America and the Question of Iran', 6.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Quién cuenta los muertos en Afganistán?'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Afganistan’da Ölüleri Kim Sayıyor? Kaybedilen Bir Savaş Daha'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Who is counting the dead in Afghanistan: Another War Lost?'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'War Plans and the demise of US power'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Los planes de guerra en Irán y la pérdida de poder estadounidense: Del fracaso de los neoconservadores al nuevo realismo'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'We may be near a 'cold peace' between the US and Iran'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'We may be near a “Cold Peace” between the US and Iran'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'The Broad Reach of Neoconservatism'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Imported anarchy in Iraq'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'La anarquía importada en Irak: Cómo salir de la tragedia'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Israel and the Islamist prototype'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Israele e il prototipo islamista'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'Cómo abordar el desafío iraní: Son productivas las sanciones comerciales a Teherán?'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'A blind eye to Iran's realities'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2008) 'The futility of sanctioning Tehran: “Isolated Iran”, myth or reality?'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Why the US is losing in Iraq'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Il riformismo nella società'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'The new anti-Iranianism: When the American Media targets Tehran'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Por qué Estados Unidos pierde en Irak'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Musharraf and his discontents'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'The Iranian-American Meeting in Baghdad'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Sobre la presencia judía en la historia iraní'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'On the Jewish presence in Iranian history'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'The Crisis over the British Sailors in Context'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Más diplomacia para resolver las fricciones entre Irán y Occidente: La crisis de los marinos británicos, en contexto'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Iran at Threat'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Uprising Against the ‘War on Terror’: The danger to international security of US Foreign Policy'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2007) 'Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Neoconservative Movement'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Why Iran Will Continue to Say No'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Por qué Irán continuará diciendo “no”'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Riflessioni sull'ultranazionalismo arabo e iraniano'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Reflections on Arab and Iranian ultra-nationalism'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The True Meaning of Victor’s Justice'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The Muslim Presence in British Politics'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'US Global Strike Policy and North Korea’s Nuclear Test'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'La política nuclear estadounidense y Corea del Norte'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Benedicto XVI, el Islam y su interpretación'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Pope Benedict XVI, Islam and its Interpretation'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The Muslim presence in Europe'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'La estrategia multilateral de Irán y el expediente nuclear'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Palestine sans Frontières'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The Neo-conservative asabiyya'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The Muslim Presence in the Racist Mind'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Iran, Iraq and the New World Order'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Persian Atoms: Enriching Facts, Diverting Fiction'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Pluralism in Islam'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Iran’s Multilateral Strategy and the Nuclear File'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The Dialectics of Islam'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'The Muslim in the Mirror'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2006) 'Irán en el punto de mira'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2005) 'After Babylon, Persia'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2004) 'The neoconservative factor', 2.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2004) 'But what about Iran’s grand strategic preferences?'.

Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2004) 'American neo-conservatives pushed war' Bitterlemons-International, 2.


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