Year 2018, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 103 - 120 2017-07-03

Iranian Scholars and Theorizing International Relations: Achievements and Challenges

Homeira Moshirzadeh [1]

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Since the emergence of the Islamic Republic in Iran, social scientists, including
international relations (IR) scholars, have been called to develop endogenous/
indigenous theories to reflect Iranian/Islamic points of view. This theorizing
has led some Iranian scholars to develop ideas about international life on
the basis of Islamic texts and teachings. Furthermore, due to an increasing
awareness of the Eurocentric nature of IR theories over the last few years,
the international community of IR scholars has become open to non-Western
IR theories. This opening has made homegrown theorizing more attractive
to Iranian IR scholars, and debates about it have become more vivid. This
article seeks to examine the attempts by the Iranian IR community to
conceptualize and theorize IR from Iranian/Islamic points of view and to show
how contextual factors have limited such attempts. The first part of the article
reviews the IR scholarship in Iran to give a portrait of Iranians’ achievements
in this regard. The second part examines contextual factors that may have
affected homegrown theorizing in Iran, including international agency, sources
of inspiration, the dynamism of the IR community, the relationship between
academia and government, and intellectual autonomy. An evaluation of this
structural context suggests that even if theorizing IR from an Iranian point
of view is both possible and preferable, this cannot be done unless certain
structural constraints are overcome.
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Author: Homeira Moshirzadeh


Publication Date: July 3, 2017

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