Saïd Amir Arjomand
Former Fellow, 2004-2005LAPA/Crane Fellow
Home Institution, State University of New York at Stony Brook
LAPA Fellow, 2004-2005
While at LAPA
Saïd Amir Arjomand is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He earned his Ph.D at the University of Chicago in 1980. He was the founder and first President of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (1996-2002) and Editor of International Sociology (1998-2003). He edited a special double issue of that journal on "Constitutionalism and Political Reconstruction" (March 2003). He has held appointments at St. Antony's College, Oxford, 1982-83; the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, 1984-85; Sociology and Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1989; the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, 1998; and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, 1993-94. His article, "Constitutions and the Struggle for Political Order: A Study in the Modernization of Political Traditions," European Journal of Sociology (1992), won the Section's Award for the Best Essay in Comparative and Historical Sociology in 1993. His books include The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam (l984), The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran (1988), and Rethinking Civilizational Analysis (Edited with Edward Tiryakian, in press). At Princeton, he was the inaugural Martin and Kathleen Crane Fellow in Law and Public Affairs.
In addition to the books listed below (Life After LAPA), the following publications are in the field of comparative constitutionalism and thus related to the LAPA Project to be published by the University of California Press as a constitutional history of the Islamic Middle East: