Islamic history and politics; Iraq; Middle East history and politics; Political theory
Abbas Kadhim is an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He also holds Visiting Scholar status at Stanford University, a position he has held since 2005. Between 2003 and 2005, he taught courses on Islamic theology and ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. From 2001 to 2005, he was an Instructor of Arabic language at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1999 and 2001, he taught Political Science at the Woodland Community College, Woodland, California. Professor Kadhim is a member of the editorial board of History Compass.
Among the awards he has received are the Dean’s Normative Time Award (Fall 2004 and Spring 2005), University of California, Berkeley; Best Paper Published in an Academic Journal, awarded by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley for “The Mysterious Journey of Moses (Q. 18:60-82): Does It Refute or Confirm the Shi’i Doctrine of ‘Ismah?,” International Journal of Shi’i Studies 2, No. 1 (Fall 2004): 97-119; Best Article Published in the Popular Press, awarded by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley for “Official U.S. Reaction Compounds the Rage,” an op-ed article on the Abu Ghraib Prison scandal, published by the Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2004; Graduate Division Summer Grant (Summer 2005), University of California, Berkeley; the Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Fellowship (Fall 2005 and Spring 2006), University of California, Berkeley; and he currently holds the 2009 Fellowship of The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARI).
His recent publications include: “Forging a Third Way: Sistani’s Marja‘iyya between Quietism and Wilāyat al-Faqīh,” in Iraq, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World, edited by Ali Paya and John Esposito, Routledge (forthcoming, July 2010); “Widows’ Doomsday: Women and War in the Poetry of Hassan al-Nassar,” in Women and War in Muslim Countries, ed. Faegheh Shirazi, Austin: University of Texas Press (forthcoming, June 2010); “Opting for the Lesser Evil: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Iraq, 1958-2008,” in Robert Looney (ed.), Handbook of U.S. Middle East Relations, London: Routledge, 2009; “Shi`i Perceptions of the Iraq Study Group,” Strategic Insights VI, No. 2 (March 2007); “The Future of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East,” Nonproliferation Review 13, No. 3 (November 2006): 581-589.
His book translations include Shi‘a Sects: A Translation with an Introduction and Notes, London: Islamic College for Advanced Studies Press (2007); Wahhabism: A Critical Essay, by Hamid Algar (Arabic Translation), Köln, Germany: Dar al-Jamal (2006); and Runaway World: How Globalization is Reshaping our Lives, by Anthony Giddens (Arabic Translation), with Dr. Hassan Nadhem, Beirut (2003).
His current projects include editing the Routledge Handbook of Governance in the Middle East and North Africa, London: Routledge (forthcoming 2011) and finishing a manuscript on The 1920 Revolution and the Making of the Modern Iraqi State (under review).