Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Alireza Shomali

Alireza Shomali

Associate Professor of Political Science
Chair, Political Science Department

Ph.D., M.A. Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
M.Sc. Sharif University of Technology

Main Interests

Comparative (Western-Islamic) Political Philosophy
Politics and Religion in the Middle East

Teaching Interests

Pols 207; Classical Political Theory
Pols 227; Modern Political Theory
Pols 263; Politics of the Middle East
Pols 307; Freedom and Justice
Pols 337; Power and the State
Pols 347; Islamic Political Thought
Pols 357; Violence and Revolution
Pols 367; Politics and Religion
First Year Seminar; On Democracy
Senior Seminar; Conservative Political Thought



  • Politics and the Criteria of Truth. Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2010.

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journal

  • “A Theoretical Component of Political Inegalitarianism in Perso-Islamicate Thought.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.Forthcoming (2017)
  • “Razi on Reason and Political Authority: A Study in Medieval Persian Political Thought.” Iranian Studies 2016, 49 (1): 29-56
  • “The Unfolding of Unreason: J. Tabatabai's Idea of Political Decline in Iran.” With M. Boroujerdi. Iranian Studies 2015, 48 (6):949-966.
  • “Adorno's Dialectical Realism.” Co-authored with Linda M. Alcoff. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 14, 2 (2010): 45-64.

Book Chapter

  • “Mirror for Princes.” Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Forthcoming (2016).
  •  “Razi’s Egalitarian Ideas.”  Power and Identity, Studies on the Persianate World. Wydawnictwo Akademickie Dialog (2015), 135-164.
  • “Metaphysics, Secularism and Cosmopolitan Democracy.” Co-authored with E. K. Soltani in Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism; Spheres of Belonging, edited by Lucian Stone. London: Bloomsbury (2014), 35-48.
  • “On Sa`di’s Treatise on Advice to the Kings.” Co-authored with M. Boroujerdi in Mirror for the Muslim Prince; Islam and Theory of Statecraft. Syracuse: Syracuse Univ. Press (2013), 45-81.

Book Review

  • Yavari, Neguin. “Advice for the Sultan: Prophetic Voices and Secular Politics in Medieval Islam,” in Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World: SCTIW Review, (2015).
  • Soroush. Abdolkarim, “Expansion of Prophetic Experience: Essays on Historicity, Contingency and Plurality in Religion,” in Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World: SCTIW Review, (2014).
  • Kamrava. Mehran, “Iran’s Intellectual Revolution,” in The Middle East Journal 63, 2 (2009): 327-328.
  • Roxanne L. Euben, “Enemy in the Mirror: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of Modern Rationalism,” in International Journal of Middle East Studies 37, 1 (2005): 109-110.