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Shahrough Akhavi


Academic Profile

Comparative politics, political sociology, social theory, sociology of religion, social movements, Middle East politics

Sample Publications

THE MIDDLE EAST: THE POLITICS OF THE SACRED AND SECULAR. London: Zed, 2009 RELIGION AND POLITICS IN CONTEMPORARY IRAN: CLERGY-STATE RELATIONS IN THE PAHLAVI PERIOD. Albany: SUNY Press, 1980. "Contemporary Muslim Political Theory," in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, ed. George Klosko. New York: Oxford University Press. forthcoming "Shi`i Theories of Social Contract," in SHARI`A: ISLAMIC LAW IN CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE. ed. Abbas Amanat and Frank Griffel. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007. pp. 137-155. "Sunni Modernist Theories of Social Contract in Contemporary Egypt," INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES, 35:1 (August 2003), pp. 23-49. "Islam and the West in World History," THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY, 24:3 (June 2003), pp. 545-562. "The Dialectics of Contemporary Egyptian Social Thought: The Traditionalist and Modernist Discourses of Sayyid Qutb and Hasan Hanafi," INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES, 29:3 (August 1997), pp. 377-401. "Contending Discourses in Shi`ite Law on the Doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih," IRANIAN STUDIES, 29:3-4 (Summer-Fall 1996), pp. 228-268. "The Ideology and Praxis of Shi`ism in the Iranian Revolution," COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY, 25:2 (April 1983), pp. 195-211.

Scholarly Interests

Current Position

Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina