My research focuses on the history and practice of political theory in modern Iran, and examines the engagement of Muslim, Marxist 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 such as democracy, justice and equality 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.
I have previously taught and lectured at SOAS (University of London), the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford.
- DPhil in Middle East and Islamic 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 and the Political: Coloniality, Resistance and the Muslim Question, MA Module
- Course Convener for BA (Hons) Politics and BA (Hons) Politics & International Relations
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, Critical Theory and Marxism, political theology, postcolonialism and decolonial theory, and the intellectual 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
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. 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
Revolution and its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran
Cambridge University Press
Gharbzadegi, Colonial Capitalism and the Racial State in Iran
Jalal’s Angels of Deliverance and Destruction: Genealogies of Theo-politics, Sovereignty and Coloniality in Iran and Israel
Modern Intellectual History
The Origins of Communist Unity: Anti-Colonialism and Revolution in Iran’s Tri-continental Moment
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Series Editor of Radical Histories of the Middle East (Oneworld Publications)
Former Associate Editor at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups/Projects
Centre for Postcolonial Studies
US versus Iran: Tension over the airwaves
The Listening Post : Al Jazeera
Saudi Arabia and Iran
Beyond Belief, BBC Radio 4
An Act of War
The UK must stand up to Trump over Iran
Conferences and talks
Writing Revolutions: History and Theory between Ethiopia and Iran
Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, Princeton University
Reformist Political Thought in Iran
Ajam Media Collective Podcast
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
I am interested in supervising prospective PhD students addressing issues in modern Islamic political thought, Islam and political theology, Critical Theory and Marxism, comparative political theory, socialism and Marxism in the Middle East, postcolonialism and decolonial theory, and contemporary Iranian politics and society.