Dr Vahid Nick Pay

Vahid Nick Pay is a Lecturer in International Politics and Research Methods, a Fellow of the Kellogg College and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Nick Pay's initial education was in the field of Linguistics (BA and MA degrees) where, since 1998, he also taught courses in General Linguistics, Historical Linguistics and Discourse Analysis.

After some years of professional engagement with the British media outlet, the BBC, he switched fields to Political Science, studying first at the University of London, Birkbeck (Master of Science in Political Theory) and then the University of Durham, UK (PhD in Political Science), where he examined Republican political philosophy, in particular in relation to other sources of sovereignty and legitimacy, notably religion.

He has held research and teaching positions in several countries such as Italy, Iraq, Iran, France, the UAE and the UK. He has published extensively on various social and political arguments for prominent public media and journals in Europe and the Middle East.

His recent book entitled Republican Islam (London: I.B. Tauris 2016) is dedicated to a comparative study of Republican political philosophy and the role of religion, in particular Islamic political theology. 

His research interests include Political Theology, Terrorism, Constitutionalism, Political Communication and Republicanism.

His is also a lecturer for the Oxford University's public courses: "Terrorism in the Contemporary World", "Religoin and Politics",  "Ethnic and Religious Conflicts" and "Political Islam".

He is a member of the Management Committee and Director of the Exam Board at the Diplomatic Studies Programme. He ia also a member of the the management committee at the Centre for International Studies (CIS - University of Oxford) and also ASMEA (Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa - Washington, D.C.). 


Kellogg College Profile


Books (Single Author)

Nick Pay, Vahid, Republican Islam (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016)

Nick Pay, Vahid, Challenges of Islamic Reformism (Upcoming 2019)


Peer-Reviewed Articles (Single Author)

Nick Pay, Vahid, 'Paradox of Islamic Secularity' The Journal of the Middle East and Africa, Routledge (Taylor & Francis) Volume 10 Number 4 October-December 2019 (accepted)

Nick Pay, Vahid, 'Comparative Constitutionalism: Challenges of Constitutional Sovereignty in Iran and Iraq' Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Routledge (Taylor & Francis) Vol. 13, Issue 1, March 2019, DOI: 10.1080/25765949.2019.1586184

Nick Pay, Vahid. 'Populism: Political Race to the Bottom in the Era of Alternative Facts' Texts, Maison Burganov, Moscow, ISSN: 2294-8902 Vol. 10 no. 1 , 2017

Nick Pay, Vahid. 'Constitutional Rights and Liberties in the Islamic Republic: A Critical Review' Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2018, DOI: 10.25079/ukhjss.v1n1y2017 pp.34-45

Nick Pay, Vahid. 'The Rise of Christianity in the Islamic Republic' Texts, Maison Burganov, Moscow, ISSN: 2294-8902 Vol.9 no. 4, 2016. pp.101-115

Nick Pay, Vahid. 'Beneath the Surface of the Kurdistan Independence Referendum' UKH Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 2 No. 1 Dec 2017 DOI: 10.25079/ukhjss.v1n1y2017



De Tous Poils: A drama feature film (comedie dramatique, long métrage) on tyranny with École de Cinéma Louis-Lumière, Paris France (2018)


 Selected Journal Articles

 English Articles:

  • Why destruction of Kawa Statue in Afrin matters? (Polity)

  • Ayatollas’ Silent Tears (International Politics)

  • European Ethical Challenges (Polity)

  • Home-grown Terrorism: A Republican Failure! (Open Democracy)

  • Why we are NOT Charlie Hebdo (Polity)

  • Renaissance Redoux, The Islamic Paradox (Open Democracy)

  • European Populism an Italian Predicament! (jomhur)

  • Euro and an Ancient Divide   (Open Democracy)

  • Politics of French Bashing (Open Democracy)

  • Should the West support the Kurdish referendum for independence (Kurdistan 24)

French Articles:

  • Populisme : les politiques contemporaines sont-elles condamnées à un nivellement par le bas dans une ère des « vérités alternatives » ? (Le Monde)

  • défis éthiques de l'europe (l’OBS)

  • Pourquoi nous ne sommes pas Charlie (l’OBS)

  • Evolution de la baguette magique de Dieu (l’OBS)

  • Pourquoi la France doit soutenir le rêve kurde d'indépendance (Le Nouvel Observateur)

  • Les Larmes Silencieuses des Ayatollah (Mediapart)

  • L’aube de la renaissance islamique (Le Nouvel Observateur)

  • question nucléaire Iranienne (Le Nouvel Observateur)

  • Pourquoi la France est la victime préférée des médias anglo-saxons (Le Nouvel Observateur)

  • Kurdistan Irakien: Les Leçon inattendues du référendum consultatif sur l'independence (Mediapart)