Abbas Milani

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Abbas Malekzadeh Milani
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Milani in an interview with Parazit (VOA-PNN)
Born 1949 (age 67–68)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian American
Fields Political science and Iranian studies
Institutions University of Tehran
National University of Iran
University of California, Berkeley
Notre Dame de Namur University
Stanford University
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
University of Hawaii

Abbas Malekzadeh Milani (Persian: عباس ملک‌زاده میلانی‎‎; 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 son Hamid and his wife Fereshteh, he left Iran in 1986.[2]

Abbas Milani was deemed a terrorist, arrested and later pardoned on Shah's Birthday Abbas's Milani's wife however was never arrested as it is indicated in this cable from the embassy

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]


  • 1982: Malraux and the Tragic Vision, Agah Press
  • 1987: On Democracy and Socialism, Pars Press
  • 1996: Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir, Mage Publishers (ISBN 0-934211-47-7)
  • 1998: Modernity and Its Foes in Iran, Gardon Press
  • 2000: The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution, Mage Publishers (ISBN 0-934211-61-2)
  • 2004: Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Persian Modernity in Iran, Mage Publishers (ISBN 0-934211-89-2)
  • 2008: Eminent Persians: The Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941–1979, Syracuse University Press (ISBN 978-0-8156-0907-0)
  • 2010: The Myth of the Great Satan: A New Look at America's Relations with Iran, Hoover Institution Press (978-0-8179-1134-8)
  • 2011: The Shah, Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN 978-1-4039-7193-7)

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  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 Archived November 30, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

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