Dr Eskandar Sadeghi Boroujerdi

Dr Eskandar Sadeghi Boroujerdi

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Postdoctoral Associate (St Cross College)
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Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Postdoctoral Associate at St Cross College, and Series Editor of Radical Histories of the Middle East (Oneworld Publications). He has previously taught at the University of Oxford, SOAS, and the University of Exeter and was Associate Editor at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies from 2014 to 2017. He obtained his DPhil in Oriental Studies from Queen’s College, University of Oxford in 2014 under the supervision of Dr Homa Katouzian. His doctoral research critically delineated the intellectual and political genealogy of Iran’s post-revolutionary reform movement and will soon be published as a monograph under the title, Revolution and Its Discontents: Political Thought & Reform in Iran with Cambridge University Press. His writings have been published in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies, Digest of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, Foreign Policy, Jadaliyya, Al Jazeera, Lobelog, Jacobin, The Guardian, among other venues.

Research and expertise: Modern Iran, Shiʿi ʿulama, Shiʿi political thought, political Islam, modern Iranian political and intellectual history, the history of the Iranian left, Marxist historiography, Third Worldism and post-colonialism. 

Selected Publications: 

Academic Monographs

Revolution and Its Discontents: Political Thought & Reform in Iran​, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

The Origins of Communist Unity: Anti-Colonialism and Revolution in Iran’s Tri-continental Moment, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, published online in August 2017 [yet to be assigned to an issue]. 

Mostafa Malekian: Modernity, Spirituality and (A)political Self-Improvement, Digest of Middle East Studies (Wiley), Volume 23, Number 2, 2014, 279–311.

From Etelaʿati to Eslahtalabi: Saʿid Hajjarian, Political Theology and the Politics of Reform in Post-Revolutionary Iran, Iranian Studies, 2014, Vol. 47, No. 6, 987-1009.

Commissioned Book Chapters

Strategic Depth, Counterinsurgency & the Logic of Sectarianization: Perspectives on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Security Doctrine and Its Regional Implications, Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, in Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East, ed. Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, Oxford & New York: Hurst, Global Oxford University Press, 2016.

Edited Special Issues of Academic Journals

Political Parties in the Middle East: Historical Trajectories and Future Prospects, ed. Siavush Randjbar-Daemi, Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi & Lauren Banko, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 44, Issue 2, 2017.

Book Reviews and Review Articles

Review of A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran by Kevan Harris, Middle East Journal, January 2018.

Review of Shiʿi Reformation in Iran: The Life and Theology of Shariʿat Sangelaji by Ali Rahnema, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, forthcoming.

Review of Recasting Iranian Modernity: International Relations and Social Change by Kamran Matin, Iranian Studies, March 2017.

Review of Guardians of Shi’ism: Sacred Authority and Transnational Family Networks by Elvire Corboz, Iranian Studies, Volume 49, Issue 3, 2016.

Review of The Thread of Muʿawiya: The Making of a Marjaʿ al-Taqlid, Linda S. Walbridge, edited by John Walbridge, Iranian Studies, Volume 49, Issue 2, 2016, pp. 314-318.

Review of Ethnic Minorities in Iran: Nationalism and Ethnicity after Khomeini by Rasmus Christian Elling, Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World, November 2015.

Review article, Superstition and Ideology in Iranian Politics by Ali Rahnema, Iranian Studies, Volume 47, Issue 4, July 2014, pp. 662-667.

Review article on Nuclear Iran: The Birth of An Atomic State by David Patrikarakos, LSE Middle East, December 2012.

Review article, “Democracy in Modern Iran” by Ali Mirsepassi: The Future of Democracy in Iran: Is 'Collective Experience' the Key?, PBS Frontline, Tehran Bureau, 13 February 2011.

Review of Islamic Democracy and its Limits: The Iranian Experience Since 1979 by Tawfiq AlSaif, British Journal of Middle East Studies, Volume 38, Issue 2, 2011 267-269.