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10.01.04
Politics and Economy:
Dr. Vali Nasr
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Why are the political and social conditions in Iraq so ripe for the rise of insurgents like Muqtada al-Sadr, and why do they hold legitimacy among so many Iraqis? David Brancaccio gets historical and political context to the current conflict in Iraq from Vali Nasr, a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA. Nasr is the author of THE ISLAMIC LEVIATHAN: ISLAM AND THE MAKING OF STATE POWER, MAWDUDI AND THE MAKING OF ISLAMIC REVIVALISM, and THE VANGUARD OF THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION: THE JAMA`AT-I ISLAMI OF PAKISTAN. He teaches courses on comparative politics, international political economy, South Asia and political Islam.



Dr. Vali Nasr
Vali Nasr is a Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. He joined NPS in 2003 after teaching at the University of San Diego, University of California, San Diego, and Tufts University.

He is the author of THE ISLAMIC LEVIATHAN: ISLAM AND THE MAKING OF STATE POWER (Oxford University Press, 2001); MAWDUDI AND THE MAKING OF ISLAMIC REVIVALISM (Oxford University Press, 1996); THE VANGUARD OF THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION: THE JAMA`AT-I ISLAMI OF PAKISTAN (University of California Press, 1994); editor, MUSLIM WORLD, SPECIAL ISSUE ON SOUTH ASIAN ISLAM, 87:3 (July-October 1997); an editor of OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ISLAM (Oxford University Press, 2003); and co-editor with S.H. Nasr and Hamid Dabashi of EXPECTATION OF THE MILLENNIUM: SHI`ISM IN HISTORY (SUNY Press, 1989).

His works on political Islam and comparative politics of South Asia and the Middle East has been published in COMPARATIVE POLITICS, ASIAN SURVEY, MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES, POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, SAIS REVIEW, THE FLETCHER FORUM OF WORLD AFFAIRS, MODERN ASIAN STUDIES, STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAM, CAHIERS D'ETUDES SUR LA MEDITERRANEE ORIENTALE ET LE MONDE TURCO-IRANIEN, INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY, HARVARD INTERNATIONAL REVIEW, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLITICS, CULTURE AND SOCIETY, CONTENTION, MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, THE MUSLIM WORLD, WORLD & I, as well as numerous edited volumes on the Middle East, South Asia, political Islam and comparative politics.

He has contributed to OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MODERN ISLAM, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POLITICS AND RELIGION, and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POLITICS AND RELIGION. His works have been translated into Arabic, Indonesian, Chinese, and Urdu. Dr. Nasr has been the recipient of grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

Dr. Nasr teaches courses on Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, South Asia and Political Islam. Dr. Nasr earned his degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1991), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD, 1984), and Tufts University (BA, 1983).

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