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Professor Amin Saikal AM FASSA (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.
Professor Amin Saikal is a frequent commentator on radio and television., and has 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.
Honours and recognitionEdit
- Elected Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2006 Australia Day Honours for "service to the international community and to education through the development of the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies, and as an author and adviser".
- In 2013 elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
- Saikal, Amin. The Rise and Fall of the Shah 1941 - 1979. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-207-14412-5.
- Saikal, Amin (2003). Islam and the West: Conflict or Co-operation?. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Saikal, Amin (2004). Modern Afghanistan. A History of Struggle and Survival. I. B. Tauris and Co. Ltd.
- 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, editor (2016). Weak States, Strong Societies: Power and Authority in the New World Order. I. B. Tauris. ISBN 9781784534806.