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Shaul Bakhash  //  Robinson Professor of History

Robinson Professor Shaul Bakhash

Robinson Professor Shaul Bakhash

Shaul Bakhash specializes in the history of the modern Middle East with a special interest in the history of Iran. He received his B. A. and M. A. from Harvard University and his D. Phil from Oxford University. He is the author of Iran: Monarchy, Bureaucracy and Reform Under the Qajars, 1858-1896; The Politics of Oil and Revolution in Iran; and Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic  Revolution.   His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and books, as well as in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. He worked for many years as a journalist in Iran, writing for Tehran-based Kayhan Newspapers as well as for the London Times, the Financial Times, and the Economist. Before coming to George Mason University, he taught at Princeton University. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and held fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton and other research centers. He serves on the Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch/Middle East and the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy and the Middle East Journal.


Discussion On Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Second Term

After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was inaugurated to a second term as President of Iran, Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, participated in a discussion on The Takeaway to discuss “what a second Ahmadinejad term may have in store for Iran and the world.” Click here to listen to the discussion.


Iran in Ferment

Khatami and the reformist parties are correct in their conviction that peaceful change through the political process is preferable to violent change. But the reformers have failed to exploit numerous opportunities to their political advantage. As a result, most middle-class Iranians have dropped out of the political process; disillusioned students may soon do so as […]