Ali Rahnema

Professor Emeritus of Economics

  • Department: Economics and Management
  • Graduate Program(s): Diplomacy and International Law, International Affairs, International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development

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Professor Rahnema is interested in the late modern and contemporary history of Iran with an emphasis on the interaction between politics, economics and religion. His comparative and interdisciplinary research has also focused on modern Islamic thinkers and their political, social and economic rendition of Islam as well as the movements resulting from them.


  • Doctorat de Troisième Cycle, Université de Paris I - Sorbonne
  • MA, MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • BA, Lewis and Clark College


  • The Pioneers of Islamic Revival, edit. (New Edition with Major New Introduction by the Editor) Zed Books, 2005. 347 pages. Malaysian Edition 2006. Indonesian Translation
  • An Islamic Utopian, A Political Biography of Ali Shari‘ati, I.B.Tauris, 1998. 418pages. Hardback (First edition). Paperback edition, 2000 (Second edition). Farsi, Turkish and Indonesian translations.
  • Islamic Economic Systems, Zed Books, 1994. 222 pages. Co-Author, F. Nomani. Malaysian edition 1995. Bosnian Translation.
  • The Secular Miracle: Religion, Politics and Economic Policy in Iran, Zed Books, 1990. 376 pages. Co-Author, F. Nomani. (Out of print)
Articles and chapter in book
  • “Society of Islamic Coalition” (Jami’yat-e Mo’talefa-ye Eslami). In Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume XIV Fascicle 5, 2008, pp. 483-500
  • "Islamic Jurisprudence and Public Policy'. In International Review of Comparative Public Policy, Vol. 9. 1997
  • "Competing Shi‘i Sub-systems in Contemporary Iran", Co-author, F. Nomani. In, Crisis of an Islamic State: Iran, I.B. Tauris, 1995