Nura Hossainzadeh

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Mark Bevir, Kinch Hoekstra, Hamid Algar, Shannon Stimson
Islamic political thought
Comparative political theory
Comparative politics
Academic Subfields: 
Political Theory & Philosophy
Personal Statement: 

Nura is currently a Lecturer in Princeton’s Department of Near Eastern Studies. She graduated from UC Berkeley’s Department of Political Science in the summer of 2016 and spent the 2016-2017 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown’s Department of Government. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Ruhollah Khomeini's political thought, tracing its origins to a diverse set of traditions--constitutionalist, jurisprudential, and neoplatonic--and examining the ways in which thinkers in contemporary Iran have interpreted, developed, and criticized Khomeini's writings. She has published an article, entitled "Democratic and Constitutionalist Elements in Khomeini's Unveiling of Secrets and Islamic Government," in the Journal of Political Ideologies, as well as an article entitled "Ruhollah Khomeini's Political Thought: Elements of Guardianship, Consent, and Representative Government" in the Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies. In addition, she has written a book chapter on Khomeini's post-revolutionary writings, which will be published in an upcoming edited volume entitled Comparative Democratic Theory, published by Cambridge University Press. 

Nura's writings on contemporary Islamic thought have not been limited to Khomeini. She has explored contemporary Iranian political thought in a publication by the Afro-Middle East Centre, focusing on the political thought of Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, a conservative scholar in contemporary Iran who develops Khomeini’s theory in a direction that emphasizes the power and prerogatives of the jurisprudent and circumscribes the role of the representative institutions. In addition, she has written a chapter on Michel Foucault's journalistic coverage of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, to be published in an edited volume, Creolizing Shari’iati, by Rowman and Littlefield. 

Nura has extensive teaching experience and has been teaching since the fall of 2008. She has taught courses in a wide range of subjects, including in political theory, comparative and global political theory, Iranian political thought and politics, American government, and legal studies. At Princeton, she teaches courses on comparative Iranian and western political thought (including a course entitled “Liberalism, Democracy, and Iranian Political Thought”) and modern Iran. At Georgetown, she taught a course entitled “Comparative Political Theory,” a course that integrated the Western canon with seminal political theoretical texts in diverse traditions, including Confucian, Hindu, and Islamic.

Nura graduated from Harvard College in 2006 and spent a year studying Islam at a seminary in Qom, Iran, before beginning graduate school at Berkeley.

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