Studied first theoretical physics and then history, Touraj Atabaki is the author of Azerbaijan: Ethnicity and the Struggle for Powers in Iran (London: I.B. Tauris, 1993), of Beyond Essentialism. Who writes whose Past in the Middle East and Central Asia? (Amsterdam: Aksant, 2003), co-editor, with Erik Jan Zürcher, of Men of Order, Authoritarian Modernisation in Turkey and Iran (London: I.B. Tauris, 2004) and co-editor, with Sanjyot Mehendale, of Central Asia and the Caucasus: Transnationalism and Diaspora (London and New York: Routledge, 2005), Iran and the First World War: Battleground of the Great Powers (London: I.B. Tauris, 2006), The State and the subaltern: Society and Politics in Turkey and Iran (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007), Iran in the Twentieth Century. Historiography and Political Culture (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009), Modernity and its Agencies. Young Movements in the History of the South (New Delhi: Manohar, 2010) and Atabaki, T. & Brockett, G. D. (Eds.) Ottoman and Labour History (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Touraj Atabaki is the coordinator of a five years research project on the hundred years social history of labour in the Iranian oil industry, funded by the Netherlands for Scientific Research. His current work focuses on historiography of everyday life and comparative labor and subaltern history in Iran and former Soviet south.