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Rasoul Namazi

Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty


Rasoul Namazi's research focus is the comparative study of Islamic and Western political thought. His work has been published in Comparative Political TheoryReview of Politics, Journal of Religion, Perspectives on Political Science, American Political Thought, Iranian Studies, Interpretation, Renaissance & Reformation, and Eurorient as well as several collected volumes.

Namazi’s book titled Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2022) is a recepient of the Delba Winthrop Prize for Excellence in Political Science. The book is a comprehensive study of Leo Strauss’s writings on Islamic political thought. He is currently editing a volume titled Leo Strauss on Religion: Writings and Interpretations (Forthcoming with SUNY Press) and working on a book-length manuscript on early Islamic political thought.

A laureate of Prix Raymond Aron, Namazi has a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, M.A. in Political Philosophy and Ethics from Université Paris-Sorbonne, M.A. in Political Studies from EHESS, and B.A. in Political Sciences from the University of Central Tehran. Before joining Duke Kunshan University, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2019-2021) and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago (2016-2018).

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Duke Kunshan University · 2021 - Present DKU Faculty
Assistant Professor of the Practice of DKU Studies at Duke University · 2023 - Present DKU Studies

Education, Training & Certifications

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (France) · 2014 Ph.D.