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Dr Mahmoud Pargoo





Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Dr Mahmoud Pargoo is a social scientist and a philosopher at Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI), Deakin University. He is an interdisciplinary researcher and author of two books and tens of articles through publishers such as Cambridge University Press and Harvard University Press. His research is quoted by The Washington Post, and his in-depth analyses have appeared in ABC, BBC, and The Atlantic Council, among others. On Twiiter: @mpargoo

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Knowledge areas

Middle East, Religion and Politics, Secularization, Iran


Pargoo, M., Transformation of Discourses of Presidential Election Campaigns in Post-Revolutionary Iran, The Islamic Republic of Iran at 40 symposium, Middle East Studies Forum, Deakin University, Melbourne 1/11/2019

Pargoo, M., The revival of traditionalism in Shi'ite seminaries, second Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) Conference, University of Western Sydney, Sydney Oct 2019.

A member of the panel titled Maximum pressure: Making sense of President Trump’s Iran policy”, 19 Aug 2019, The Lowy Institute, Sydney

Pargoo, M., Secularization of Islam, a paper given in Postgraduate Islamic Studies Network workshop, Western Sydney University, 24 April 2019

Pargoo, M., Khomeini’s political thought: between Shi’a mysticism and the Sharia law, 3rd Islamic Studies Colloquium, ISRA-Charles Sturt University, 28 June 2019

Pargoo, M., A disenchanted Islam: the outcome of the four decades of Islamization in Iran, in Trump and the Middle East, Middle Studies Forum Deakin University and University of New England, Melbourne, 29-31 October 2018

Pargoo, M., Secularising Sharia: progressive legal change and the problem of historical discontinuity, in “After the rule: Interpretation in comparative and cross-cultural perspective: A symposium on alternative traditions of law, norms and rules” co-sponsored by The Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies and The Centre for Law, Arts and Humanities, Australian National University, Canberra-September 21-22, 2018

Pargoo, M., Secularization of Pollical Campaign in Post-revolutionary Iran, Edward Said Lecture Series-24, Centre for Global Governance, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, Shanghai-September 17, 2018

Pargoo, M., Islamic Legal Change and Its Discontents: The Case of Post-revolutionary Iran, in the 6th International Forum on Asia and the Middle East: The Middle East Security and Development in the New Era, co-sponsored by Shanghai International Studies University and Oxford University, Shanghai-September 15-16, 2018

Pargoo, M., Ma???la???a and its Discontents: legal change in the post-revolutionary Iran, in Islam and Justice: Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) Inaugural Conference, The University of Melbourne, 18-19 December 2017

Pargoo, M., Paradoxes of Islamisation and secularisation: the case of post-revolutionary Iran, In Their Words | In Our Words: A conference about representations of the Other in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, 23-24 November 2017

Pargoo, M., Sharia in the modern Islamic state: the Iranian experience, in Sydney School for Critical Social Thought 2017, Institute for Social Justice, 31 May 2017

Pargoo, M., Moral Equality of Humans: Contemporary democratization of Shi’ite Jurisprudence, in Future of the Middle East conference, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Melbourne-Australia, 2-4 November 2016

Pargoo, M., Formation of a New Fatwa: Intrinsic Purity of Humankind in Contemporary Shi’ite Jurisprudence, in Exploring the Meaning & Application of Human Dignity in Islam, Imam Hasan Centre, Sydney, Australia, 16-17 July 2016

Media appearances

  1. Akbarzadeh & Pargoo, Iran-China deal raises more questions than answers, Middle East Institute, July 27, 2020
  2. Pargoo, M., Denials, delays, and conspiracy theories: Iran’s Covid mismanagement, Lowy Institute (The Interpreter), May 11, 2020
  3. Pargoo, M., How the regime extinguishes Iran’s “Petroleum Protests”, Lowy Institute (The Interpreter), Nov 21, 2019
  4. Pargoo, M.,What Iran’s hardliners stand to gain from the Abqaiq attack? Lowy Institute (The Interpreter), Sep 19, 2019
  5. Pargoo, M.,Iran’s dangerous gamble, Lowy Institute (The Interpreter), July 6, 2019
  6. Pargoo, M.,Are Iranians Turning Away From the ‘Resistance Front’?, Atlantic Council (IranSource), May 6, 2019
  7. Pargoo, M.,(in Persian) Is Palestine sacred in traditional Shiism? BBC Persian, April 13, 2019
  8. Pargoo, M.,Sanctions Propel Iran in the Global Race for Terminator-Like AI, Atlantic Council (IranSource), April 2, 2019
  9. Pargoo, M.,Separate and parallel: Why are Iranian conservatives creating ‘safe havens’? Al-Monitor, April 2, 2019
  10. Pargoo, M.,Who is Ahmad al-Hassan al-Yamani, and why do so many Sh????as think he is the promised messiah? ABC Religion and Ethics, April 1, 2019
  11. Pargoo, M.,Supreme Leader Shuffles Friday Prayer Leaders in Iran, Atlantic Council (IranSource), March 20, 2019
  12. Pargoo, M.,Iran, India eye closer cooperation amid tensions with Pakistan, Al-Monitor, March 15, 2019
  13. Pargoo, M.,Supreme leader paves way for hardliner protégé, Asia Times, March 14, 2019
  14. Pargoo, M.,How Assad’s Tehran trip exposed political rifts in Iran, Lowy Institute (The Interpreter), March 1, 2019
  15. Pargoo, M.,Timid EU trade tool to keep Tehran standing, Asia Times, February 12, 2019
  16. Pargoo, M.,US seeks edge in oil market with Iran sanctions, Asia Times, November 27, 2018


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Religious Populism, Cyberspace and Digital Authoritarianism in Asia: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey

Ihsan Yilmaz, Raja Saleem, Mahmoud Pargoo, Syaza Shukri, Idznursham Ismail, Kainat Shakil

(2022), Brussels, Belgium, A6

research report/technical paper

Presidential elections in Iran : Islamic idealism since the revolution

Mahmoud Pargoo, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2021), Cambridge, Eng., A1


Secularization of Islam in Post-Revolutionary Iran

M Seifi Pargoo

(2021), London, Eng., A1


The China Model and Its Detractors in Iran

S Akbarzadeh, M Pargoo

(2021), Vol. 28, pp. 78-95, Middle East Policy, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

On Secularization of Fiqh in Contemporary Iran

Mahmoud Pargoo

(2020), pp. 102-123, Deconstructing Islamic Studies, Boston, Mass., B1

book chapter

Expansion and contraction of scripture: the ritual (im)purity of unbelievers according to Shīʿa Jurisprudence

Mahmoud Seifi Pargoo

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 215-239, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

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