Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi

Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, Postdoctoral Research 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 delineated an intellectual and political genealogy of post-revolutionary Iran’s reform movement and is due to be published as a monograph entitled, Revolution and its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

His research interests comprise 20th century Iranian political, intellectual and social history, debates over capitalist transition in Iran and the wider Middle East, Marxist historiography, political theory and political economy, Third Worldism and anti-colonialism, Iranian and Arab socialist and communist organisations, parties and movements, and modern Shiʿi political thought.

His current major research project investigates the transformation of social class and the late Pahlavi state from 1953 to 1979.

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.


Revolution and its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Peer Reviewed Articles

• Communist Unity in the Middle East: Revolution and Anti-Colonialism in Iran’s Tri-continental Moment, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 1 August 2017. 

• 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 Journal Issues 
• 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, February 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, 2017. 

• 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 Mu’awiya: The Making of a Marja’ al-Taqlid, Linda S. Walbridge, edited by John Walbridge, Iranian Studies, Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, 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 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.


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