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Ali Mirsepassi

Professor of Sociology , Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Iranian intellectual history, political Islam, modern Islamic thought, and sociology of religion

Bio:

Ali Mirsepassi is professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and director of Iranian Studies Initiative at New York University. He is the co-editor of “The Global Middle East,” a book series published by the Cambridge University Press (with Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, SOAS). He was a Carnegie Scholar (2007-2009). His teaching and research interests include social theories of modernity, Iranian intellectual history, political Islam, modern Islamic thought, and sociology of religion. He is currently completing a book on Ahmad Fardid, an Iranian philosopher. Professor Mirsepassi has received several awards and grants, including the Iranian “Best Researcher of the Year” (2001), a teaching award from Tehran University, and grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism (with Tadd Fernee, Cambridge University Press, 2014)

  • Political Islam, Iran and Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

  • Democracy in Modern Iran (New York University Press, 2010)

  • Intellectual Discourses and Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

  • Truth or Democracy (published in Iran)

  • Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World (co-editor, Syracuse University Press, 2002)

  • "Beyond the Boundaries of the Old Geographies: Natives, Citizens, Exiles, and Cosmopolitans" in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (guest editor, CSSAAME, Spring 2005)

Updated on 09/03/2015