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Dr. Anahita Arian

Anahita Arian

Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut

Anahita Arian is an International Relations scholar specialized in the history and theory of international relations, the study of global encounters, connectivities, historical and intellectual entanglements, and the study of knowledge formation, epistemic practices, epistemologies, and their interlinkages with the realm of politics, the exercise of power, and the institution and governance of political orders with a special focus on the Islamic world/Eurasia and the Indian Ocean region.

She is currently a post-doctoral researcher affiliated with the University of Erfurt. Prior to this, she worked as a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Erfurt (2017-2020) and the University of Groningen (2012-2017), where she also obtained her PhD (2019) in International Relations. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Department of International Relations at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador and at the Orient Institute Beirut of the Max Weber Foundation in Lebanon.

Erfurt (Auswahl)

Global Connected Histories

Theory and History of Sovereignty

The Politics of Genocide

The Politics of the Middle East

Religion and International Relations

Theories of International Relations from the Global South


Groningen (Auswahl)

Theories of International Relations

International Politics

International Organization

History of International Relations

Anahita’s research is characterized by interdisciplinarity as it cut across the disciplines of International Relations, History, History of Science, Philosophy, Theology, Anthropology and Literature and her research interests include History and Theory of International Relations, Global Connected Histories, Intellectual History, History of Science, Global Encounters, Diplomacy, Entanglements, Questions of Epistemology and Ontology, Epistemic Practices, Knowledge-Power Nexus,  Postcolonialism and Decoloniality, Metaphysics, Religion, Political Theology, and Aesthetics.Anahita is linguistically proficient in Persian, Dutch, English, German, French and Arabic.

At the moment, Anahita works on the following research projects:

The Politics of Astronomy and the Practice of Politics in the Medieval Islamic World. This project examines how in the Islamic medieval world political orders conditioned epistemic practices and the formation of knowledge in the discipline of astronomy, and how astronomy, in turn, affected the praxis of politics and the governance of political orders.

Non-Western Agency in World Politics (together with Prof. John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield). This project explores various forms, dimensions and shapes of non-Western agency in world politics in history and contemporary times and illustrates how this has and continues to constitute world politics in various ways.

Global Encounters, Diplomacy, and Order in the Indian Ocean Persianate World: The XVII Century Safavid Embassy to Siam. This project analyses the Safavid Empire’s praxis and understanding of international relations in the late seventeenth century.

Arian, A. 2021. “An Ethics of Understanding.” International Studies Perspectives 22(1): 45-49.

Trownsell, T. and Arian, A. 2021. “Doing Difference and Similarity Relationally: An Analysis.”

International Studies Perspectives 22(1): 52-59.

Arian, A.The Safīna-i Sulaimānī and the Safavid Diplomatic Mission to Siam in 1685.” In Elke Hartmann (ed.), Reisende in und aus dem Orient (Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press, forthcoming).

Arian, A. and Hobson, J.M. (eds). Non-Western Agency in World Politics. Forthcoming.

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