Prof. Abdolmohammadi Presents New Book on Modern Iran

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On April 13, Political Science Professor Pejman Abdolmohammadi presented his new book Modern Iran: Internal and International Challenges of a Strategic Country. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Michael Driessen and Prof. Fatima El Issawi, from the London School of Economics.

Prof. Driessen opened the panel with and introduction of Dr. Abdolmohammadi, who has been teaching at JCU since 2014 and recently also at the London School of Economics. As one of the leading Iranian-Italian scholars in Italy, Dr. Abdolmohammadi has been the “go-to” source for commentary regarding Iran. He often gives his comments and analyses regarding Middle Eastern issues, on the Italian National TV, RAIUNO and BBC PERSIAN.

Professor Pejman Abdolmohammadi

Professors Michael Driessen, Pejman Abdolmohammadi, and Fatima El IssawiDr. Abdolmohammadi thanked everyone for attending the presentation of his new book. As of yet, the book is only available in Italian, but he has already received offers regarding the printing of an English version. His textbook-level publication discusses the hybridity of the regime that currently exists in Iran. As an Islamic Republic, it has two structures within its governing body: an Islamic one, and a republican one. This duality is why Dr. Abdolmohammadi says Iran is a “hybrid regime.” He then discussed why Iranian youth, or those Iranians under the age of 35, may pose a threat to the future of the Islamic Republic. They are more nationalistic and secular than their adult counterparts, which goes against what the Islamic Republic stands for.

After briefly discussing the contents of his book, the panel responded with questions for Dr. Abdolmohammadi. Prof. El Issawi was interested in knowing where the real reformists in Iran are, and whether pragmatism in Iran is satisfying the population, especially the Iranian youth. Prof. Driessen’s questions for Dr. Abdolmohammadi were in regards to the geopolitics of the region and the future of Iran as a key player on the global political level. He asked if Dr. Abdolmohammadi believes there will be an Iranian renaissance.

The floor was then opened to questions from the audience. The first to ask questions were students from the International Relations Society, who also helped organize the book presentation. They were interested in knowing more about feminism in Iran, the effects of globalization, and possible scenarios that will play out with the The event was followed by a light reception.