Arang Keshavarzian


Arang Keshavarzian is associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University and an editor of Middle East Report.

Articles by this Author
The Muslim World Is Not Flat

This 1995 CIA map, often used in the media and in classrooms, reminds us that today Shi‘i Muslims are concentrated in only a few nation-states—Iran, Iraq, the Arab Gulf states, Azerbaijan and Lebanon in the Middle East, and...

How Islamic Was the Revolution?


Masoud Banisadr, Masoud: Memoirs of an Iranian Rebel (London: Saqi Books, 2004).

The UAE's Space Race

At a 2007 Harvard workshop focusing on sustainable architecture in the Persian Gulf, the assembled academics and practitioners quizzed a public relations official from a large Abu Dhabi real estate developer. The workshop participants, among them...

Iran's Conservatives Face the Electorate

In May, Iranians will go to the polls to pass judgment on the record of President Mohammad Khatami and the reform movement he symbolizes. Although observers of Iran typically characterize the Islamic Republic's factional divisions as a single...

On the Eve of Iran's Presidential Elections

Paradox and Possibility in Iran's Presidential Election

Tehran, June 2009

The morning after Iran’s June 12 presidential election, Iranians booted up their computers to find Fars News, the online mouthpiece of the Islamic Republic’s security apparatus, heralding the dawn of a “third revolution.”...

A War on Multiple Fronts

Lasting from 1980 to 1988, the war between Iran and Iraq was the longest inter-state war of the twentieth century. Yet standard narratives of the war, or of Iranian and Iraqi political history, for that matter, barely discuss the war’s...

Wrapped in Surprise, Stuffed with Politics

Many Iranians are pinching themselves and smiling uncontrollably after Hassan Rowhani’s victory in the June 14 presidential election. The purple-clad campaigners for Rowhani (or Mohammad Reza Aref, who stepped aside for Rowhani a few days...