Touraj Atabaki


Prof Dr Touraj Atabaki is Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History. He is Professor Emeritus, holder of the chair of the Social History of the Middle East and Central Asia at the Leiden University.

Studied first theoretical physics and then history, he did his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof Ervand Abrahamian (Baruch College) on the ethnicity and regional autonomy in the twentieth century Iran; it was published in 1993 and reprinted in 2000.

Touraj Atabaki coordinated number of projects, including Social History of Labour in the Iranian Oil Industry 1908-2008 and Practicing Modernisation in Turkey and Iran.  He is also a partcipant in the international project of the Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations 1500-2000.

Touraj Atabaki is the founder of the Sadighi Reserach Fund and the Prince Dr Sabbar Farman-Farmaian Research Project.

Touraj Atabaki served as: President of the Association of Iranian Studies, President of the European Society for Central Asian Studies, member  the Academic Board of the International Institute of Asian Studies, member of the Editorial Board of the Central Asian Survey.  And severs as a member of the Board of Consulting Editors of the International Labour and Working-Class History, member of the advisory Council of Jounal of Iranian Studies.

Atabaki's fields of research encompass Social History of the Middle East, the former Soviet South, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Labour and Subaltern Studies, Migration and post-Colonial Historiography.

Touraj Atabaki, A Social History of Oil (London: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming)
Touraj Atabaki, Nasser Mohajer and Siavush Ranjbar-Daemi, The Left in Iran: Socialism and Communism through the Long Twentieth Century (London: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming)

PublicationsTouraj Atabaki – Research output — Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

IISH Staff | Touraj Atabaki | Photo by Martin van Welzen