Political Science Faculty

Ali Banuazizi

Research Professor


Ali Banuazizi's scholarly interests include political cultures of the Middle East; comparative study of religion, civil society, and politics in the Middle East; and Iran’s social history and contemporary domestic politics and foreign relations. Professor Banuazizi is currently the Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization and Societies (ICS) and Chair of the International Studies Academic Advisory Board at Boston College. He is a past President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS). He has held visiting appointments at Princeton, Harvard, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, M.I.T., and Oxford University.

Selected Publications

“The Crossing Paths of Religion and Nationalism in Contemporary Iran.” In Nadim Rouhana and Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian, eds., When Politics are Sacralized: Comparative Perspectives on Religious Claims and Nationalism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp. 247-271.

“Islamic Revolution in Iran,” Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2nd Ed., Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan/Gale, 2016, pp. 550-555.

Social Classes, State, and Revolution in Iran (co-authored with A. Ashraf). Tehran: Nilufar Publications, 2008. [In Persian]

Myths about the Powerless: Contesting Social Inequalities (co-edited with M. B. Lykes, R. Liem, and M. Morris). Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996.

The New Geopolitics of Central Asia and Its Borderlands (co-edited with M. Weiner). Indianapolis: Indiana University Press (and London: Tauris Publishers), 1994.

The Politics of Social Transformation in Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan (edited with M. Weiner). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1994.

On Culture and Politics (with S. Meskoob). Paris: Khavaran Publications, 1994 [in Persian].

The State, Religion, and Ethnic Politics (co-edited with M. Weiner). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1986.

Social Stratification in the Middle East and North Africa: A Bibliographic Survey. London and New York: Mansell Publishing Co., 1984.

Social Indicators for Iran (with A. Ashraf). Tehran: United Nations Development Program and the Plan Organization, 1978. 484 pp. [in Persian].