P. (Peyman) Jafari

  • PhD student
  • Persian Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: p.jafari.2@umail.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT



Fields of interest

Democratization and Authoritarian States, Political Economy, Social Classes, International Relations, Historical Sociology and Marxism

PhD research

From political liberalisation to de-liberalisation: state, society and post-Islamism in Iran (1979-2009)
Supervisor: Touraj Atabaki

My research project investigates the transformation of state-society relation after Iran’s 1979 revolution, focusing on the interaction between state power and social classes.


M.A. in Political Science, University of Amsterdam

Related Professional Experience
Research assistant at the Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) in Amsterdam (May – October 2006)
Research fellow at the International Institute of Social History (2007-2008)

Grants and Awards
PhD grant from NWO-Mozaiek (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research)
Fellowship at Centre for Iranian Studies, School for Oriental and African Studies, London (January-May 2011)
Intensive course in Political Islam: global and local manifestations and challenges, London Middle East Institute (4-8 April 2011)

Persian (native), English, Dutch


2010 - Der andere Iran. Geschichte und Kultur van 1900 bis zur Gegenwart (The Other Iran. History and Culture after 1900) München: C.H. Beck.
2009 - Het andere Iran. Van de revolutie tot vandaag (The Other Iran. From the Revolution to the Present). Amsterdam: Ambo/Anthos. 

2010 - 'Social and economic developments in Europe and the Middle East. Case study: Iran, 1953-2000', in: History of Europe and the Middle East. IB Course Companion, Oxford: Oxford University Press
2004 – ‘Chomsky en de stem van de rede’ (Chomsky’s voice of reason), in: R. van Raak (ed.), Socialisme – What is left?, Diemen: Veen Magazines.

2010 – ‘Het andere Iran’, in: Christen Democratische Verkenningen 7: 139-148.
2009 – ‘Rupture and Revolt in Iran’, in: International Socialism Journal: 95-163.
2009 – ‘De ayatollah en de haai’ (The ayatollah and the shark), in: De Groene Amsterdammer (24-6-2009).

2011 – ‘Informing Empire: Comprador Intellectuals in the Age of Islamophobia’, in: www.tehranreview.net. Review of H. Dabashi (2011), Brown Skin, White Masks, London: Plute Press.
2003 – ‘When Uncle Sam Went to Iran’, in: Socialist Review (November 2003). Review of S. Kinzer, All the Shah’s Men. An American Coup and the Roots of the Middle East Terror, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Paper presentations
2011 - ‘Iranian entrepreneurs, civil society and democratization’, paper presented at the conference
State, Society and Economy in the Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies (London, 7-8 May 2011) 2009 - ‘Structural Transformations in the Making of the Political Crisis in Iran’, paper presented at Iran’s Green Movement seminar, Central European University (Budapest, 28 May 2010)

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