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Sohrab Ahmari

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The Wall Street Journal

Notable work
Arab Spring Dreams (2012)

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Alma mater
Northeastern University

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Sohrab Ahmari is a senior writer at Commentary magazine. Previously he spent five years as an editor and columnist with The Wall Street Journal opinion pages in London and New York. He co-edited the 2012 book Arab Spring Dreams, an anthology of essays by young Mideast dissidents.


Ahmari's book, The New Philistines, a polemic on how identity politics are corrupting the arts, was released on October 20, 2016 from Biteback Publishing.

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Ahmari was born in Tehran, Iran. As a child, he was interrogated by security officials about his parents and faced disciplinary action for accidentally bringing a videocassette of Star Wars into school at a time when Western films were officially banned in the country. In 1998, at the age of 13, Ahmari moved with his family to the United States.

Ahmari earned a law degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Between college and law school, Ahmari had completed a two-year commitment to Teach for America in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas.

While in law school, inspired in part by the protests following the disputed June 2009 Iranian presidential election, he began working as a freelance journalist, contributing pieces to publications such as The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Commentary among others.

Following the murder of French priest Jacques Hamel, Ahmari announced on Twitter that he was converting to Roman Catholicism. In late September 2016, he wrote a three-page article about his conversion in The Catholic Herald, which was the cover story of the September 30, 2016 issue.

The Wall Street Journal

After serving as a Robert L. Bartley fellow at The Wall Street Journal in 2012, Ahmari joined the publication as assistant books editor. He now serves as an editorial page writer based in London, where he writes editorials and commissions and edits op-eds for the Journal's European edition.

In this position, Ahmari has reviewed Trita Parsi's A Single Roll of the Dice; Christopher de Bellaigue's biography of Mohammad Mosaddegh; a collection of short stories by Portuguese Nobelist José Saramago; Tariq Ramadan's Islam and the Arab Awakening; and Richard Haass's Foreign Policy Begins at Home, among other books.

Ahmari has also conducted a number of interviews with prominent politicians, activists, and intellectuals for The Journal's "Weekend Interview" feature, including French Prime Minister Manuel Valls; NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen; General Frederick "Ben" Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe; Senator Jon Kyl; Mojtaba Vahedi, a former chief of staff to dissident Iranian cleric Mehdi Karroubi; bioethicist Leon Kass; physicist Kip Thorne; Catholic theologian and humanitarian Jean Vanier; Saudi women's rights activist Manal al-Sharif; conservative philosopher Harvey Mansfield; campus free-speech advocate Greg Lukianoff; and former New Republic publisher and editor-in-chief Martin Peretz.

During his tenure at The Journal, Ahmari has also written numerous op-eds. Following the June 2013 election of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran, Ahmari highlighted Rouhani's role in the violent crackdown on a 1999 pro-democracy student uprising as well as his anti-American rhetoric. For an op-ed on the November 2013 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, Ahmari secured an interview with Payam Fazlinejad, a senior writer and researcher at Kayhan, the state-run Iranian newspaper which is believed to reflect the views of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Arab Spring Dreams

Also while in law school, Ahmari co-edited with Nasser Weddady the 2012 book Arab Spring Dreams: The Next Generation Speaks Out for Freedom and Justice from North Africa to Iran, an anthology of the top essays submitted by young Mideast dissidents to the Dream Deferred Essay Contest. The Times Literary Supplement writes that Weddady and Ahmari "perceptively edited this collection of winning entries" from the Dream Deferred contest, and that "some of these young writers [featured in the anthology] possess more clarity than all the pundits combined." The book received endorsements from Polish Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Wałęsa and feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who wrote the anthology's foreword.


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