Mahmoud Sadri, PhD

Professor of Sociology


PhD 1988, New School University 

Courses Taught


  • Current Social Problems
  • People and Cultures of the Middle East
  • Social Theory 
  • Senior Seminar
  • Film in Sociocultural Context


  • Classical Social Theory
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Sociology of Terrorism
  • Islam and Modernization

Selected Publications


“Migration, Globalization, and Ethnic Relations: An Interdisciplinary Approach, edited volume, Spring 2003, New Jersey, Prentice Hall Publications, co-editor: Mohsen Mobasher

Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam: The Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush, Oxford University Press, 2000, a translation of eleven articles, an interview, and a critical introduction.  Second translator and editor, Ahmad Sadri.

Book Chapters

Reframing Reform: Islamic Dilemma Writ Small in Iran’s Apostasy Trials” in: Apostasy and Blasphemy in Islamic Tradition, L.B. Taurus, 2017.

“Mohammad Khatami”, second author, Ahmad Sadri, in: Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 236-245.

How Green is the Arab Spring? Comparing the Iranian and the Arab Pro-democracy Movements”, in: Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post-Arab Spring: Mediators and Micro-foundations, ed. Brian Calfano and Emile Sahliyeh, Lexington Books, 2014 

“Delegitimizing the Islamic Republic of Iran with a Fatwa: The Significance of Ayatollah Montazeri’s Post-Election Legal Ruling of July 2009” in: The People Reloaded: the Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future, (ed. Hashemi and Postel), Melville House, New York, 2011, pp. 151-164. Coauthor, Ahmad Sadri

“Legal Opinion as Political Action: The Significance of Ayatollah Montazeri's Post-election Fatwa in Delegitimizing the Islamic Republic of Iran”, in: Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran, Rowman & Littlefield, 2010. First author, Ahmad Sadri

Weber and the Straussian Charge of Relativism” in: Max Weber Matters: Interweaving Past and Present, Edited by: David Chalcraft, Fanon Howell, Marisol Lopez Menendez, and Hector Vera, Ashgate, 2008, coauthor, Ahmad Sadri

“Terrorism: Notes on a Communitarian Approach” in: Building Terrorism Resistant Communities, Edited by Sıddık Ekici, Ahmet Ekici, David A. McEntire, Richard H. Ward, Sudha S. Arlikatti, IOS Press, 2009

“Islamic Socialism”, Entry in: Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic. 2 Vols. Kamrava and Dorraj, Editors, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008

“Islamic Liberalism”, Entry in: Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic. 2 Vols. Kamrava and Dorraj, Editors, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008

“People’s Temple: From Social Movement to Total Institution” in: Social Movements: Contemporary Perspectives, Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2008, with Phyllis Gardner and James Williams

“Suicidal Homicide: A Durkheimian Approach”, in: Understanding Terrorism: Analysis of Sociological and Psychological Aspects, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, E: Human and Societal Dynamics, volume 22,  Edited by Suleyman Ozeren, Ismail Dincer Gunes, Diab M. Al-Badayneh, , 2007

“Three Faces of Violence: Cognitive, Expressive, and Traditionalist Discourses of Discontent in Contemporary Iran” in: Iran Faces the New Century, Rutledge, 2007

“Sacral Defense of Secularism” in: Intellectual Trends in 20th Century Iran, 2003. Florida University Press

Annotated translation of Mohammad Hossein Naini’s “Exhortation of the Faithful and Purification of the Nation or Islam’s View Concerning the Nature of Government” in: Modernist Islam: A Sourcebook, Charles Kurzman, (ed.) Oxford University Press, 2002

“Good News about Modernity” in: The Living Legacy of Marx, Durkheim, & Weber, Volume II: Applications and Analyses of Classical Theory by Modern Social Scientists. March, 2000.  New York, Gordian knot Books.“Intercultural Understanding: Max Weber and Leo Strauss” in The Living Legacy of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber: Applications and Analysis of Classical Sociological Theory by Modern Social Scientists, ed.  Richard Altschuler, New York: Gordian Knot Books, January 1998, pp. 507-528 coauthor Ahmad Sadri.

Annotated translation of Mehdi Bazargan’s “Islam and Liberty” in: Liberal Islam, Charles Kurzman (ed), Oxford University Press, 1998.

"Selective Saliency of Ascriptive and Achieved Status in Organically Solidary Societies," in Durkheim's Division of Labor 1893-1993, eds. Ph. Besnard, M. Borlandi, P Vogt, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France 1993, Pp. 279-294. (Arthur Stinchcombe, second author).  Simultaneously published in French, and German editions.


"Departmental Structure, Cooperative Scholarship, and Productivity: A Fuzzy Set Qualitative-Comparative Analysis of Selected Sociology Departments", Social Science, 6, (2) May 2017.

“Iranian Caper: Notes on a Culture of Liminal Predation” in: Symbolic Interaction, fall 2017, forthcoming.

“A Dream Delayed: Debates on the Establishment of Iran’s First National Bank in the Proceedings of the Frist Constitutional Assembly, 1905-1909. Fall 2017, Cambridge Journal of the Middle East, forthcoming.

“Commiseration and Problem Solving in Classroom: Collective Adaptation to Structural Strain, Teaching Sociology, Fall 2017, forthcoming.

Masnavi Writ Small: Rumi’s “The Epistle of the Reed”, Interreligious Insight, July 2015.

“Mohammad Khatami: The Accidental President” second author: Ahamd Sadri, in: Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, 2013.

“Hojjatiyya Society” in: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics, 2012

“Islamic Socialism”, Entry in: Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic. 2 Vols. Kamrava and Dorraj, Editors, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008

“Islamic Liberalism”, Entry in: Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic. 2 Vols. Kamrava and Dorraj, Editors, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008

“From Irony to Inclusion: Early models of Interfaith Dialogue” in: Inter-religious Insight, January 2006

“Dissident Political Theology in Contemporary Iran” Carsten Niebuhr Biblioteket,  vol 7. January 2006

“The Essential and the Ephemeral in the Idea of the United Nations” proceedings of International Conference on the Reform of the United Nations, sponsored by the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) and  the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Forthcoming in: January 2006.

Contributing author, Encyclopedia Iranica, 2003, New York: Columbia University Press, entries: Hojjatieh, Halabi.

“The Only Survivor,” Iranian, (an on line journal) September 19, 2002

“Occidentalism: Images of the West,” featured essay; in: Contemporary Sociology, (September 1996.)

Contributing author, The Encyclopedia of Modern Social Issues, Pasadena: Salem Press, 1996, entries: Common Good, Ayatollah Khomeini, Amitai Etzioni.

“Doppelganger: Twins' Disruption of the Assumptions of Constancy and Uniqueness of Self in Everyday Life.”  Symbolic Interaction, 1994. (Ahmad Sadri, second author.)

"Max Weber and Leo Strauss on Inter-cultural Understanding,"  Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 1, No. 3., Spring, 1988.  Reissued in French, Societe, No. 3, Printemps. 1989.

"The Mantle of the Prophet," a critical postscript, International Journal of State, Culture, and Society, Vol. 2, No. 3, Spring 1986.

"Problem Areas of the Theories of Rationality, A Metatheoretical Approach," International Journal of State, Culture, and Society, Fall 1985.

"Reconstruction of Max Weber's Rationality: An Immanent Model," Social Research, Fall 1982

Media Presentations, Interviews, Releases

2017 “The sensitivity of the Iranian elections” roundtable discussion. May 22.

2017 “The intellectual and historical roots of ISIS”, interview with Voice of America, broadcast from Erbil, autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq. March 22.

2017 “Religious Reform and Beyond” an hour-long interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). London, England. January 7.        

2016 “Religious Reform or Reconstruction?” an hour-long interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). London, England December 31, 2016.

2016 “Dallas Police shootings and Racial Violence in US” Live Skype interview, Persian Broadcast, Voice of America, July 8.

2016 “Radical Islam and the Orlando Tragedy:  a Roundtable discussion”, Voice of America’s “Ofogh” program, July 1.

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