An article that explores Khomeini's conception of political representation, public deliberation, and popular consent,​ entitled "Democratic and Constitutionalist Elements in Khomeini's Unveiling of Secrets and Islamic Government," was published in 2016 in the Journal of Political Ideologies and can be found here.

My research on Khomeini’s post-revolutionary writings, as well as on Islamic Government, was published in 2014 in the Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies in an article entitled "Ruhollah Khomeini's Political Thought: Elements of Guardianship, Consent, and Representative Government." It can be found here.

A more extensive study of Khomeini’s post-revolutionary writings will be published in Comparative Democratic Theory, an edited volume ​to be published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press.

My writings on contemporary Islamic thought have not been limited to Khomeini. I have written a chapter on Michel Foucault and Ali Shari’ati, to be published in 2016 in an edited volume, Creolizing Shari’iati, by Rowman and Littlefield. In this article, entitled "Michel Foucault and Ali Shari'ati on Shi''ite 'Political Spirituality'," I explore Foucault's claim that the 1979 Islamic revolutionaries were oriented by an Islamic and Shi'ite "political spirituality," and I clarify this concept further by studying the writings of Ali Shari'ati. Foucault himself had suggested that Shari'ati was the foremost Iranian theorist of this concept, since he wrote extensively on how Shi'a doctrine could shape a spiritual orientation that inspired rebellion against the Shah and would impact the way that Iranians would design a new government after the Shah's downfall.

Finally, I have written on contemporary Iranian political thought in the published proceedings of a conference on political Islam organized by the Afro-Middle East Centre. Entitled "Political Thought in Contemporary Iran: Ayatollah Javadi Amoli's Theory of Guardianship," this paper focuses on the political thought of this conservative present-day scholar, who develops Khomeini’s theory in a direction that emphasizes the power and prerogatives of the jurisprudent and circumscribes the role of representative institutions.


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