Mostafa Azkia

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Born (1941-04-24) April 24, 1941 (age 81)
Alma materAberdeen University

Mostafa Azkia (born April 24, 1941) is an Iranian sociologist (See his Farsi page). Azkia is a major figure in the study of Iranian rural development. He is a professor of sociology at the University of Tehran[1]. He is the author and translator of about 20 books[2]. His chapter in Twenty Years of Islamic Revolution: Political and Social Transition in Iran since 1979 edited by Eric Hooglund titled Rural Society and Revolution[3] in Iran is considered to be seminal work in this area. He is considered to be one of the founding fathers of rural development studies in Iran[4].

Early Life

He was born into a middle-class family in Tehran. His father worked for the Iranian ministry of Post, telegram, and telephone. He spent most of his youth in Tehran inspiring to be a medical doctor. However, due to an error in the university entrance exams, we was accepted in the Faculty of Sociology at Tehran University in 1960. In the following year, he was also accepted at the Faculty of Law and studied both programs simultaneously. However, he was forced to discontinue studying law in 1962 due to a law that was introduced which prohibited students from studying multiple degrees.


He obtained a Master's degree in sociology in 1966. After 11 years of research he was granted a sabbatical which he used to obtain a PhD in sociology from University of Aberdeen in 1980[5].


After obtaining this Bachelor's degree, Azkia took a part time research position at the Institute for Social Studies & Research in Tehran in 1966[6]. He took interest in Iranian rural development and began conducting research in this area 1968.

In 2002 he was invited to give a keynote at St Antony's College, Oxford, University of Oxford at the Middle East Centre. This event sponsored by Eric Hooglund on the 22nd anniversary of Iranian Revolution. Azkia outlined the effects that revolution has had regarding social and rural development. Paper presented were later published an a book titled Twenty Years of Islamic Revolution Political and Social Transition in Iran since 1979.

In 2012 he delivered another keynote at Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden outlining the agricultural impacts of Iranian rural society.


During his 30 years of research he has published for 60 articles and 12 books in this area[7]. Most of the books he has written or translated (to Persian) are related to Iran's rural sociology and idealistic of development and growth.

Selected publications


Azkia, M. (1986). Sociology of rural development and underdevelopment of Iranian rural society [in Persian]. Tehran: Entesharat-e Ettlaat.

Azkia, M., & Ghafari, G. (2001). Sociology of development. Tehran: Keyhan.

Book Chapter

Azkia, M. (2002). Rural society and revolution in Iran. Twenty Years of Islamic Revolution Political and Social Transition in Iran since 1979, 1979, 96-119.


Azkia, M. (1997). Modernization theory in a tribal‐peasant society of Southern Iran, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, 6:10, 77-90, DOI: 10.1080/10669929708720101

Azkia, M. & Hooglund, E. (2002). Research Note on Pastoral Nomadism in Post-revolution Iran, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, 11:1, 109-114, DOI: 10.1080/10669920120122270

Azkia, M. (2002). Development sociology and rural underdevelopment in Iran. Teharan, 28, 12-18.

Azkia, M (2005). Poverty, Vulnerability and Development: Case Study of the Garmsar and Dasht-e Azadegan Villages, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, 14:1, 109-125, DOI: 10.1080/10669920500057187

Azkia, M. & Firouzabadi, A. (2006). The Role of Social Capital in the Creation of Rural Production Associations: A Case Study of the Karkheh Dam Watershed Basin, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, 15:3, 295-315, DOI: 10.1080/10669920600997183


  1. "اعضاي هيات علمي بازنشسته گروه". 2012-10-14. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  2. "مصطفی ازکیا". Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  3. Hooglund, Eric (2002-05-01). Twenty Years of Islamic Revolution: Political and Social Transition in Iran since 1979. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2975-7.
  4. "شرح حال دكتر مصطفی ازكیا بنیانگذار گروه توسعه روستایی دانشگاه تهران". fa (in فارسی). Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  5. "رزومه - مصطفی ازکیا". Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  6. "توسعه روستايي ( Rural Development) - پایگاه نشریات الكترونیكی دانشگاه تهران". 2013-03-18. Archived from the original on 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  7. "Mostafa Azkia". Retrieved 2020-12-26.

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