Book launch: Khalil Maleki -The Human Face of Iranian Socialism

Book launch: Khalil Maleki -The Human Face of Iranian Socialism

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Investcorp Auditorium, Middle East Centre, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Dr Homa Katouzian (Iran Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, St Antony's)
Chair: 
Stephanie Cronin (St Antony's College)
Series: 
MEC Seminar

About the book:

Khalil Maleki (1901-1969) was a selfless campaigner for democracy and social welfare in twentieth-century Iran. His was a unique approach to politics, prioritising the criticism of policies detrimental to his country's development over the pursuit of power itself. An influential figure, he was at the centre of such formative events as the split of the communist Tudeh party, and the 1953 coup and its aftermath.In an age of intolerance and uncompromising confrontation, Maleki remained an indefatigable advocate for open discussion and peaceful reform - a stance that saw him jailed several times. This work makes a compelling case for him to be regarded among the foremost thinkers of his generation.

About the author:

Homa Katouzian

Dr Homa Katouzian is the Iran Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, St Antony’s College, and Member, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. He is Senior Editor, Iran Namag, A Quarterly of Iranian Studies; Co-editor, Routledge book series in Iranian Studies; and Editor, International Journal of Persian Literature. He taught and published in economics for eighteen years, but his recent and current research interests are in Iranian history and politics, the comparative sociology of Iranian and European history, and modern and classical Persian literature. He has worked, as tenured staff or visitor, at Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Leeds; University of California, Sane Diego; University of Kent at Canterbury; Pahlavi University and McMaster University.  

Selected Publications: 

He has published both in English and Persian. Recent books in English are: Khalil Maleki, The Human Face of Iranian Socialism (2018); Sa’di in Love: An Anthology of Sa’di’s love lyrics in Persian and English (2016); Iran: Politics, History and Literature (2013); Iran: A Beginners’ Guide (2013); The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran (2009 and 2010);  Sadeq Hedayat, His Work and His Wondrous World, ed., (2008 and 2011); Iran in the 21st Century (co-editor with Hossein Shahidi) (2007); Iranian History and Politics, the Dialectic of State and Society (2003 and 2007); Sa’di, the Poet of Life, Love and Compassion (2006); State and Society in Iran: The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Rise of the Pahlavis (2000 and 2006); Sadeq Hedayat: The Life and Legend of an Iranian Writer (1991and 2002); Musaddiq and the Struggle for Power in Iran (1990 and 1999).