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Afshin Shahi

Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234199


Dr. Afshin Shahi is a senior lecturer in Middle East politics and International Relations at Bradford University. He obtained both his MA and Ph.D. from School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. Prior to joining the Department of Peace Studies and International development in 2013, he worked at the universities of Durham and Exeter. In 2018 he was a visiting research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He is a multilingual scholar and his research interests encompass climate change and conflict, sectarianism and political Islam. His articles have appeared in scholarly outlets including the Middle East Journal, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and the Journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He is the author of the Politics of Truth Management in Saudi Arabia (Routledge,2013) and the co-author of a forthcoming book, Iran: the Shia State and the Sunni Minority. He is a council member for the British Society for Middle East Studies as well as associate editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. He is a regular contributor to national and global media outlets including the BBC and Aljazeera. His opinion pieces have appeared in various publications including Forbes magazine, Foreign Policy magazine, and Conversation. He also actively works with both practitioners and stakeholders in his field. In 2017, he was a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement at the University of Bradford.


Middle East politics, political Islam, sectarianism, climate change and conflict 


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleDrought: the achilles heel of the Islamic Republic of Iran (2019)
AuthorsShahi, Afshin
Title Talibanization of the Islamic State and the Quest for Retrospective Legitimacy (2019)
AuthorsAfshin Shahi & Amer Mohamad
JournalAsian Affairs
TitleEco-sectarianism: From ecological disasters to sectarian violence in Syria (2018)
AuthorsShahi, Afshin; Vachkova, M.
TitleThe military and the state in iran: The economic rise of the revolutionary guards (2017)
AuthorsForozan H.;Shahi A.
JournalThe Middle East Journal
TitleThe Military and the State in Post-Revolutionary Iran: The Economic Rise of the Revolutionary Guards (2016)
AuthorsShahi, Afshin; Forozan, H.
TitleAndalusiasation: Is Iran on the Trajectory of DeIslamisation? (2015)
AuthorsShahi, Afshin; Saleh, Alam
TitleThe Paradoxes of Iranian Messianic Politics (2012)
AuthorsAfshin Shahi