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 political thought and theorising in modern Iran and the wider Islamic world, as well as the engagement of Muslim, Marxist and socialist intellectuals and political movements in the Middle East with political concepts and ideologies emanating from Euro-America and the Global South. I am especially interested in the manner 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.

Before coming to Goldsmiths I was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where I also undertook my doctoral research on the political thought of Iran's post-revolutionary reform movement.

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
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Colonialism, Power, Resistance
  • 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), which will be published in late 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.

I am currently working on a second monograph that examines the history of political thought and political theorising in modern Iran through a global and decolonial lens, interrogating, in particular, the relationship between sovereignty, self-determination and coloniality.

My research interests include modern Islamic political thought, political theology, critical race theory and the study of Islamophobia, Marxism in the Global South, travelling and reception theory, the intellectual and political history of the Middle East, as well as anti-colonial, postcolonial and decolonial theory.

My writings have been published in 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, and he has also appeared widely on the international media.



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 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. 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

Grants and awards

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising prospective PhD students addressing issues in comparative political theory, modern Islamic political thought via postcolonial, anti-colonial and decolonial theory, critical race theory and the study of Islamophobia, contemporary Iranian politics and society, as well as Marxism in the Global South.