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Sociology and Anthropology
Gorter Professor of Islamic World Studies and Professor of Sociology
Sociology of Intellectuals
Sociology of Religion
Politics of Iran and Middle East
Iran and the Middle East
Reform in Islam
Reform in Iran
PhD New School for Social Research
MA New School for Social Research
MA Teheran University
BA Teheran University
Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology
|Honors and Awards|
James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College, 2007–2010
Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals, New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. Selected as one of the “outstanding academic books” of 1993 by Choice Magazine, January 1994. * Paperback edition, 1994. This book is translated into Korean and Persian, by Mohsen Abniki, Tehran: Kavir Press, 2007.
Apocalypse Tomorrow and other Essays: Investigations in Sociologies of Religion and Politics, Translated to Persian by Amirhossein Teymoori, Kavir Press, Tehran, March, 2007. This book is reviewed at: http://sociologyofiran.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=686&Itemid=65
Saddam City, London, Saqi Books, 2004. Translated from Arabic. This book is translated into Italian by Luisa Baggi, in 2005. Publisher: Edizioni Spartaco, A Public Television program about this book was aired on: http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?erube_fh=wttw&wttw.submit.viewArtsStory=true&wttw.id=saeed_mahmoud.
Reason, Freedom and Democracy in Islam: Essays by Abdolkarim Soroush, New York, Oxford University Press 2000, Co-translator: Mahmoud Sadri. Translated from Persian. This book is translated into Indonesian by Haidar Bagir, Publisher: Penerbit Mizan.
Historical Accidents and Collective Learning in Iran, Published in Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, French and Indonesian in Common Ground News Service, May 20, 2008.
What is a Vote Worth In Iran? Published in Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, French and Indonesian in Common Ground News Service, April 29, 2008: http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=23053&lan=en&sid=1&sp=0&isNew=1
Weber and the Straussian Charge of Relativism, in: Max Weber Matters: Interweaving Past and Present, ed. Marisol Lopez Menendez, Fanon Howell, Hector Vera, and David Chalcraft. Ashgate Publishers, 2008.
Three Faces of Dissent: Cognitive, Expressive and Traditional Discourses in Contemporary Iran in: Iran in 21st Century, ed. Homa Katuzian and Hossein Shahidi, Rutledge, October 2007, Co-author: Mahmoud Sadri.
300 Takes Stereotyping to New Levels, Daily Star, April 2, 2007
Playing into Radicals Hands, Inter-religious Insight, April 2006: http://www.interreligiousinsight.org/April2006/April06Sadri.pdf
Islam and Dialogue of Civilizations, Journal of Globalization for Common Good, 2006, http://lass.calumet.purdue.edu/cca/jgcg/2006/fa06/jgcg-fa06-sadri.htm
Varieties of Religious Reform in Iran, Politics, Culture and Society, Winter 2001, Volume 15, Number 2. The above article was reprinted in: Iran between Tradition and Modernity, (Landham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, February 2004.)
Civilizational Imagination and Ethnic Coexistence, in: Handbook of Inter-ethnic Coexistence, Continuum Press, 1998.
Searchers: The New Iranian Film, Brochure of the Chicago Film Festival, 1997.
“Doppleganger: Twins’ Disruption of the Assumptions of Constancy and Uniqueness of Self in Everyday Life,” Symbolic Interaction, Summer 1994, Volume 17, Number 2, Co-author: Mahmoud Sadri.
“Adjusting to the World According to Salman Rushdie,” in: The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility, ed. Carol Becker (New York: Routledge, 1994).
Reinventing the Wheel of Democracy: An Exercise in Intercivilizational Exchange,” in Under Siege: Islam and Democracy, ed. Richard W. Bulliet (New York: Columbia University Middle East Institute, 1994).
The Second Death of the Soul of the Salesman,” Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 1992.
“What Rushdie Wrote and Wrought,” Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 4, No .3, Spring 1991.
“A Business Ethics for Post Liberal Capitalism” Politics, Culture and Society, Vol.1, No. 4, Summer, 1988.
“Intercultural Understanding: Leo Strauss and Max Weber.” Politics, Culture and Society, Vol.1, No.3, Spring 1988. Coauthor: Mahmoud Sadri. This article is reprinted as a chapter in The Living Legacy of Marx, Durkheim and Weber: Applications and Analysis of Classical Sociological Theory by Modern Social Scientists. New York: Gordian Knot Books, 1998).
“Max Weber and the Southwest German School: Remarks on the Genesis of the Concept of the Historical Individual,” Politics, Culture and Society, Vol.1, No.1, Fall 1987.
“The Mantle of the Prophet: A Critical Postscript,” State, Culture and Society, Vol.1, No.3, Spring, 1985. Co-author: Mahmoud Sadri.
“Max Weber’s Sociology of Religion as a Sociology of Intellectuals,” State, Culture and Society, Vol.1, No.2, Winter 1985.
Invited panelist at Chicago Military Library’s series: Front and Center with John Calloway. November 11, 2007 http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/playVideo.do?videoID=265&encodeType=rm
Invited guest of Jerome McDonald at the National Public Radio show “World View,” November 5th, 2007
Invited speaker at the United State Senate Informational conference: Breaking the Impasse, April 14th 2008
Invited speaker, Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council, Rodfei Zedek Congregation: Suicide Terrorism as a Sociological Concept. May 29th 2003.
Foucault and the Iranian Revolution, Janet Afary and William Anderson, University of Chicago Press, 2005. In: Contemporary Sociology, September 2006, Volume 35, Number 5, pp. 494-5.
Public Religion in Modern World, Jose Casanova, Inter-Religious Insight, July 2005.
Deciphering the Meaning of Revealed Law: The Sorushian Paradigm in Shi`i Epistemology, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 36, 2004, pp. 333-34. This review is available on line at: http://www.drsoroush.com/English/On_DrSoroush/E-CMO-20040900-Book_Review_By_Ahmad_Sadri.html. The above review was translated into Persian and published at Shargh newspaper in Iran on January 2, 2005
“Islam between Politics and Culture,” International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, November 2003, Volume 35, Number 3, pp. 519, 20.
“Fragile Resistance,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Bulletin, Volume 28, Number 1, July 1994.
“Intellectuals and Politics,” Social Forces, Volume 17, Number 3, March 1994.
“Religious Regimes and State Formation: Perspectives in European Ethnology,” Sociological Analysis, Vol.53, No.4. Winter 1992.
“Holy Wars: the Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism,” Sociological Analysis, Vol.51, No.3, Fall 1990.
|Editorial Columns and their Internet reprints|
Znet Article: Exact Opposite of Paranoia, Jun 30th, 2005
Znet Article: With a Little Bit of Democracy, June 21st 2005
Znet Article: Banana Free Republic of Dr. Ahmadinejad, July 8th 2005 http://www.iranian.com/AhmadSadri/2005/July/Ahmadinejad/index.html
Znet Interview: Sunday, February 20, 2005
Why Americans Wanted This Bloodbath? Daily Star, April 5, 2003.
Daily Star Article: The End of the Road for Khatamism, Daily Star, March 27, 2003.
Daily Star Article: Political Paralysis Syndrome: the Case of Iran, May 3, 2003
Daily Star Article: Tough Choices or Just Tough Luck, May 12, 2003
Daily Star Article: American Innocence regained: American Movies after 9/11, June 1, 2003
Daily Star Article: To Resign or not to Resign? June, 15, 2003
Daily Star Article: Nuclear Club Members Kicking Sand on Muscle Beach, July 21, 2003
Daily Star Article: Khatami Lost His Nerve but there is Still Work to be Done, July 30, 2003
Daily Star Article: A Killing Iran Might Not Be Able to Shake: September 10, 2003
Daily Star Article: A Death in Mashad Where Heroin is Cheaper than Cigarettes” October 7, 2003
Daily Star Article: American, Iranian Counter-elites mirror each other December 19, 2003
Daily Star Article: From Islamic Republic to Islamic Caliphate, February 17th, 2004
Daily Star Article: A Persian Meditation on Madrid in Athens, March 2004
Daily Star Article: Dominos of Iraqi Invasion, April 2004
Daily Star Article: Beware of Millenarians’ Self fulfilling Prophecies, May 18, 2004 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=3884
|Internet Publications (all currently available)|
On the Mohammad cartoons fiasco, January 20, 2006
Not Private Anymore
Me, You, Tree and Rain
Please Accept our Sincere Apologies: Sociology of Abu Ghraib
Frodo’s Hunch: No Man is Willingly Just
Challenging the Government of God
Reason and Revelation
Let the Occasional Chalice Break
Echoes of Kierkegaard and Locke
The New Iranian Cinema
Reintroducing the Wheel
Another Look at Rushdie
|Publications in Persian|
Articles in Persian:
On the Occasion of Pope’s Visit to the United States, Etemade Melli, May 4, 2008 http://www.roozna.com/Negaresh_Site/Fullstory/?Id=59384
Published lecture on Sociology of Religious practices, Etemade Melli, April 7th, 2008
Published interview on Persian books: Sociology of Intellectuals, Apocalypse Impending, Etemade Melli, Baran, March 5th, 2008 http://baran.org.ir/?sn=news%26pt=full%26id=1324
Flowers of Democracy and its Thorns, Baran site http://www.baran.org.ir/?sn=news&pt=full&id=1277
Critique of Irresponsible Expressions of the Leaders of Islamic Republic, Etemade Melli, October 30, 2007 http://www.roozna.com/Negaresh_site/FullStory/?Id=49214 also at:
Two explanations of Bolenger’s Belligerence, Etemade Melli, October 3rd, 2007
Towards Perpetual Peace, Etemade Melli, September 16, 2007,
Reason, Violence and Religion According to the Pope: Etemade Melli, August 4th, 2007
A Chapter from Sociology of Intellectual, Etemade Melli, June, 15, 2007
Persians and Greeks in Snyder’s 300, Etemade Melli, March, 2007. http://www.roozna.com/Negaresh_site/FullStory/?Id=33233
Futurology and the New Year, Etemade Melli, March 2007
We are all Chackmated, Hamehkishim, Rouzegar, Number 1,
Variety is the Spice of Life, Shargh, August 1st, 2006
Revolutionary or Reformist Intellectuality. Shargh, July 5th, 2005
Diving into Sociology, Iran, July 22nd, 2005
Let us Tune Our Instruments Anew, Shargh, June 20th, 2005
Fundamentalism in Iran and US
The Penury of the Concept of Clash of Civilizations, Year One, Number 32, October 4th, 2003.
US Wishes to be Straight Forward, Aftab-e Yazd, Number 1035, September 7th, 2003.
The Concept of Resignation and Iran’s Reform Movement, Aftaab, Third Year, Number 29, August 2003. http://www.aftabmagazine.com/Aftab27/Index.htm
Political Paralysis Syndrome, Aftaab Third Year, Number 29, September 2003 http://www.aftabmagazine.com/Aftab29/index.htm
Abdolkarim Soroush and the types of reformism: Aftaab Number 22, February 2003, pp. 70-75. Translated from English by Amirhossein Teymouri. http://www.aftabmagazine.com/Aftab22/Index.htm
Who Lost the World, Aftaab Number 19 September 2002. Translated from English by Amirhossein Teymouri. http://www.aftabmagazine.com/Aftab19/index.htm
Odysseus or Achilles, Hamshahri, September 27, 2001. Translated from English.
Fundamentalism Against the Modern State, Kian, Vol. 8, No.45, February /March 1999.
The Making of Foreign Policy in the United States, Round Table Discussion, The Middle East Studies Quarterly, Volume 5, Number 3 & 4, Fall, 1998.
Religious Pluralism, Kian, Vol.5, No.28, Dec/Jan 1995-96
“Huntington’s Apparition of Clashing Civilizations,” in: Huntington and his critiques, Tehran: Institute for Research in Foreign Policy, 1995.
“Max Weber and his Research Project,” Houzeh va Daneshgah, Vol. 1, No.4, Fall 1995.
“Max Weber and Intercultural Understanding, Houzeh va Daneshgah, Vol.1, Winter 1994.
“Round table discussions about Postmodernism,” Kian, September 1993.
“The Consequences of Ideologizing Religion”, Kian, September 1993.
“An Introduction to Intellectuals,” Kian, July 1993.
“Round table discussions about Ideology and citizenship,” Hamshahri, March 1993.
“Round table discussions about intellectuals and development,” Hamshahri, April 1993.
“Morality and Family in Ancient Persian texts,” Teheran College of Educators Press, Teheran 1977.
“Alienation and the Sociology of Leisure,” Teheran college of Educators Press.
“Political Elites in the Qajar Period,” M.A thesis University of Teheran.
“The Intellectuals, “Azarakhsh, The Faculty of Economics Journal, University of Teheran, 1974.