Kylie Moore-Gilbert

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert
CitizenshipAustralian, British
Academic background
Alma materWolfson College, Cambridge, University of Melbourne
ThesisShiʿi opposition and authoritarian transition in contemporary Bahrain: the shifting political participation of a marginalised majority (2017)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Melbourne

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is an Australian-British academic and expert on Islamic studies. Currently imprisoned in Iran for ten years under a charge of espionage, she was previously a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute. In her research, "she has written extensively about revolutions and activism in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Shia Islam, Bahraini politics and its protest movements."[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Moore-Gilbert graduated from All Saints' College in Bathurst in 2005. She studied Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge and graduated with first class honours in 2013. In 2017, she obtained a PhD for a thesis entitled Shiʿi opposition and authoritarian transition in contemporary Bahrain: the shifting political participation of a marginalised majority at the University of Melbourne in 2017.[1][3] She is currently Melbourne Early Career Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne.[4]

Detention in Iran[edit]

Iranian authorities arrested her in September 2018 and she was subsequently tried and sentenced to ten years in prison. The charges are not publicly known but they are believed to pertain to espionage. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, reportedly in solitary confinement.[1] Iranian authorities tried to recruit her as a spy in exchange for her release, which she declined.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "'She's not a spy': friends shocked over academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert's jailing in Iran". The Guardian. 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Kylie Moore-Gilbert named as woman sentenced to 10 years' jail in Iran". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 September 2019.
  3. ^ "University of Melbourne: Asia Institute -- Theses". Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  4. ^ "University of Melbourne: Find an expert". Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Jailed British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert rejected Iran's offer to work as a spy". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Kylie Moore-Gilbert, jailed academic, 'rejected Iran's offer to become spy'". BBC. Retrieved 21 January 2020.