Biography from Wikipedia

Abbas Malekzadeh Milani (Persian: عباس ملک‌زاده میلانی‎; Kurdish: Ebbas Milani born 1949) is an Iranian-American historian and author. Milani is a visiting professor of Political Science and the director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford University. He is also a research fellow and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Milani has found evidence that Persian modernism dates back to more than 1000 years ago.[1]

Milani was born in Iran to a prosperous family and was sent to California when he was sixteen, graduating from Oakland Technical High School in 1966 after only one year of studies.[2] Milani earned his B.A. in political science and economics[3] from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawaii in 1974. With his girlfriend Fereshteh, Milani returned to Iran to serve as an assistant professor of political science at the National University of Iran from 1975 to 1977.[2] He lectured on Marxist themes veiled in metaphor but was jailed for one year as a political prisoner for "activities against the government".[2] He was a research fellow at the Iranian Center for Social Research from 1977 to 1978. He was also an assistant professor of law and political science at the University of Tehran and a member of the board of directors of Tehran University's Center for International Studies from 1979 to 1986, but after the Iranian Revolution he was not allowed to publish or teach.[2] With his young son Hamid and his wife Fereshteh, he left Iran in 1986.[2] Returning to California, Milani was appointed professor of History and Political Science as well as chair of the department at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, south of San Francisco. He served as a research fellow at the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley. Milani became a Hoover Institution research fellow in 2001 and left Notre Dame de Namur for Stanford in 2002.[2] He is currently the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford. He lives on campus with his second wife, Jean Nyland who is chair of Notre Dame de Namur's psychology department.[2]


1- Milani, Abbas (2004). Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Modernity in Iran. Mage Publications.
2- a b c d e f g San Francisco Chronicle Profile of Milani
3- Official Curriculum Vitae of Abbas Milani

    Resent Books:
Shah the Shah The Shah, January 2011

Though his monarchy was toppled in 1979 and he died in 1980, Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlevi, the last Shah of Iran, remains relevant today. He was a social reformer, a romantic egomaniac, and a deeply conflicted man and leader. Here, internationally respected author Abbas Milani gives us the definitive biography, more than ten years in the making, of the monarch who shaped Iran's modern age and with it the contemporary politics of the Middle East. The Shah's was a life filled with contradiction--he built schools, increased equality for women, and greatly reduced the power of the Shia clergy. He made Iran a global power and nationalized his country's many natural resources. But he was deeply conflicted and insecure in his powerful role. Intolerant of political dissent, he was eventually overthrown by the very people whose loyalty he so desperately sought. This comprehensive and gripping account shows us how Iran went from politically moderate monarchy to totalitarian Islamic republic. Milani reveals the complex and sweeping road that would bring the United States and Iran to where they are today.


The Shah, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, January 2011

The Myth of the Great Satan, Hoover University Press, Stanford, California, July 2010

Eminent Persians: Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, 2 volumes, November, 2008.

The Road to Democracy in Iran, authored by Akbar Ganji, translated by Abbas Milani, forward by Abbas Milani and Joshua Cohen, MIT University Press, April 2008.

King of Shadows: Essays on Iran's Encounter with Modernity, Ketab Corp., Los Angeles, CA., May 2005. Persian text published in the U.S.; second print 2006.

Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Persian Modernity, Mage Publishers, Washington, D.C. 2004; second print, 2005.

The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution, Mage Publishers, 2000, 2002; in Britain, IB Tauris, 2000. Translated by the author into Persian as Moamay-e Hoveyda,published in Iran, Atiy-e Press, and in Washington, D.C. by Mage Publishers; (also translated by Houshang Mahdavi, Abolhol-e Irani, Tehran, 2001;) author's translation: Book of the Year, 2002, Deutsch Radio; now in fifteenth print in Tehran, third in Washington; English paperback, Mage Publishers, 2004.

Modernity and its Foes in Iran, Gardoon Press, Germany, 1998; Atiyeh Press, Tehran, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2004.

Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir, Mage Publishers, 1996. Paperback, Kodansha, Jan. 1997 (best-seller, San Francisco Chronicle list).

On Democracy and Socialism, co-authored with Faramarz Tabrizi, Berkeley, CA: Pars Press, 1987.

Malraux and the Tragic Vision, Tehran: Agah Press, 1982.


(Into Persian, unless otherwise specified)

Kolakowski, L., Main Currents of Marxism, 3 volumes, Agah Publishers, vol. 1 and 2, 2006; vol. 3 forthcoming.

Bulgakov, Mikail, Master and Margarita, Tehran: Nashre-no, 1983, 1990, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006.

On Totalitarianism, annotated selections from Nechaev's Catechism of a Revolutionary, Dostoyevsky's Grand Inquisitor, Miloz's Captive Mind, Kolakowsky's Totalitarianism and the Lie, Kundera's Future of the Novel, and Nisbet's 1984 Revisited, Tehran, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

Gramsci, Antonio, State and Civil Society, Tehran: Sahar, 1980. Reprinted: Stockholm: Ketab Pishro, 1986; third print: Koln, Germany, 1998; fifth print, Tehran, 1998; sixth print 2004, 2005.

Golshiri, H., King of the Benighted (into English), Washington, D.C.: Mage Publishing, January, 1990; paperback edition, 1995; German translation, Surkamp Verlag, 1998.

Mao-tse dung, Critique of the Soviet Economy, Tehran: Pejvak, 1986.

Marx, Karl, Critique of the Gotha Program, Tehran: Pejvak, 1979. Reprinted 1980, 1982.

Bettelheim, Charles, China Since MaD, Tehran: Ruzbehan Publisher, 1979. Reprinted Paris, 1980.

Kautsky, Charles, Foundations of Christianity, Tehran: Arnir Kabir, 1978. Reprinted in 1980.

Robison, Joan, Economic Management in China, Tehran: Javidan, 1977.

Benjamin, Walter, Understanding Brecht , Tehran: Roudaki Publishers, 1976.

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