Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Comparative Political Theory
Email E.Sadeghi (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi

My research focuses on the history and practice of Islamic political thought in modern Iran, and examines the engagement of Muslim and socialist intellectuals and political movements with political concepts, theories and ideologies emanating from Euro-America and the Global South. I am especially interested by the way in which political concepts are taken up, deployed, operationalised and reconfigured in the process of concrete political struggles and social contestation. In this respect work my seeks to consciously straddle the disciplines of intellectual history and political theory.

Another aspect of my research explores the relationship between Islamic political thought, Muslim political practices and decolonial theory.

Before coming to Goldsmiths I was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

I have previously taught and lectured at SOAS (University of London), the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford.

Academic qualifications

  • DPhil in Middle Eastern Studies, Queen’s College, University of Oxford 2014
  • MA in Continental Philosophy, University of Warwick 2007
  • PGDip in Philosophy, University of Warwick 2006
  • BSc (Hons) in Politics and History, London School of Economics and Political Science 2005

Teaching and Supervision

  • Modern Political Theory, Second Year Undergraduate Module
  • International Politics of the Middle East, Second Year Undergraduate Module
  • Colonialism, Power, Resistance, First Year Undergraduate Module
  • Islam, Revolution and Empire, MA Module
  • Course Convener for BA (Hons) Politics and BA (Hons) Politics & International Relations

Research interests

My recent monograph, "Revolution and its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran", charts the political and philosophical genealogy of Iran’s post-revolutionary reform movement in the context of the global Cold War and Euro-American traditions of Cold War liberalism and was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.

I also co-edited a volume. "Political Parties in the Middle East" (Routledge, 2019). The volume brings together articles authored by a host of leading scholars on the history and politics of political parties in the modern Middle East and seeks to assess their historical significance, as well as their abiding relevance or lack thereof, in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings of 2011.

My research interests include modern Islamic political thought, political theology, secularism and secularity and critiques thereof, Marxist political theory, postcolonialism and decolonial theory, and the intellectual and political history of the modern Middle East.

My writings have been published in Postcolonial Studies, Modern Intellectual History, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies, Digest of Middle East Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, Foreign Policy, Jadaliyya, Al Jazeera, Lobelog, Jacobin, The Guardian, among other venues.



Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar. 2019. Revolution and its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108426343

Edited Book

Randjbar-Daemi, Siavush; Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar and Banko, Lauren, eds. 2019. Political Parties in the Middle East. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138390966

Book Section

Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar. 2017. Strategic Depth, Counterinsurgency & the Logic of Sectarianization: The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Security Doctrine and Its Regional Implications. In: Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, eds. Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 159-184. ISBN 9780190664886


Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar. 2020. Gharbzadegi, Colonial Capitalism and the Racial State in Iran. Postcolonial Studies, ISSN 1368-8790

Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar and Yadgar, Yaacov. 2019. Jalal’s Angels of Deliverance and Destruction: Genealogies of Theo-politics, Sovereignty and Coloniality in Iran and Israel. Modern Intellectual History, pp. 1-25. ISSN 1479-2443

Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar. 2018. The origins of Communist Unity: anti-colonialism and revolution in Iran’s tri-continental moment. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 45(5), pp. 796-822. ISSN 1353-0194

Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar. 2017. Musaddiq’s Spectre: On the Recent Declassification of US Documents. Jadaliyya,

Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar. 2014. Mostafa Malekian: Spirituality, Siyasat-Zadegi and (A)political Self-Improvement. Digest of Middle East Studies, 23(2), pp. 279-311. ISSN 1060-4367

Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar. 2014. From Etelāʿāti to Eslāhtalabi: Saʿid Hajjarian, Political Theology and the Politics of Reform in Post-Revolutionary Iran. Iranian Studies, 47(6), pp. 987-1009. ISSN 0021-0862

Further profile content

Professional projects

Series Editor of Radical Histories of the Middle East (Oneworld Publications)

Co-editor of e-zine Jadaliyya's Iran Page

Former Associate Editor at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups/Projects

Centre for Postcolonial Studies

Conferences and talks

2020: Writing Revolutions: History and Theory between Ethiopia and Iran
Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, Princeton University

2019: Reformist Political Thought in Iran
Ajam Media Collective Podcast

2018: Revolution and Its Discontents: Politics, Ideology & the Death of Utopia
Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore

Grants and awards

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising prospective PhD students addressing issues in modern Islamic political thought, Shi'ite political thought, Islam and political theology, secularism, Marxist political theory, critical race theory, postcolonialism and decolonial theory, the study of Islamophobia, and contemporary Iranian politics and society.