Amin Saikal

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Professor Amin Saikal (born 2 December 1950 in Kabul, Afghanistan) is the Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East & Central Asia) and Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. Professor Saikal has specialised in the politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, Cambridge University and the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex), as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations (1983-1988). He is a member of many national and international academic organisations.

He is also a frequent commentator on radio and television.[citation needed]


  • Saikal, Amin (2009). The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran – From Autocracy to Religious Rule. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-207-14412-5. 
  • Saikal, Amin. The Rise and Fall of the Shah 1941 - 1979. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-207-14412-5. 
  • Saikal, Amin (2004). Modern Afghanistan. A History of Struggle and Survival. I. B. Tauris and Co. Ltd. 
  • Saikal, Amin (2003). Islam and the West: Conflict or Co-operation?. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Professor Saikal has also published numerous articles in international journals, as well as many feature articles in major international newspapers, including the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and The Guardian.

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