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Dr Leon Goldsmith

Leon Goldsmith 2021 ImageBA(Hons) PhD(Otago)

Dr Leon Goldsmith works on Middle Eastern and comparative politics. His research looks at ethno-religious conflict and integration processes, sub- and supranational identity politics, youth politics, political participation, political culture, institutions and comparative political systems. His main geographic areas of research are Syria and the Levant, and Oman and the Arab Gulf states. Leon’s current theoretical interests are Arab-Islamic empiricists Ibn Khaldun and Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi.

Dr Goldsmith welcomes postgraduate supervision in the above areas or any related topics.

Research groups

Middle East and Islamic Studies Aotearoa (MEISA)

Teaching

  • POLS 105 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 210 Middle Eastern Politics
  • POLS 326 Politics of the Arabian Peninsula
  • POLS 550 Comparative Regional Conflicts

Contact details

Room 4N10, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 8665
Email leon.goldsmith@otago.ac.nz
Research day – Friday

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Publications

Goldsmith, L., Shaikh, A. K., Yildiz Tan, H., & Raahemifar, K. (2022). A review of contemporary governance challenges in Oman: Can blockchain technology be part of sustainable solutions? Sustainability, 14, 11819. doi: 10.3390/su141911819

Ellis, L., Winter, C., Headley, J., Goldsmith, L., Patman, R., Roper, B., & Nel, P. (2022, August). World in crisis panel. Panel discussion at the Otago Politics Day School, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Shaikh, A. K., & Goldsmith, L. T. (2021). A conceptual model for e-participation by Omani citizens using blockchain technology. WAS Science Nature, 4(1). Retrieved from https://worldascience.com/journals/index.php/wassn/article/view/27

Shaikh, A. K., & Goldsmith, L. (2020, July). A conceptual model for e-participation by Omani citizens using blockchain technology. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on New Computer Science and Engineering Trends (NCSET), [Online].

Hussein, Z. & Goldsmith, L. (2020, September). Gender politics in Oman: Between state, sect, and tribe. Middle East Institute. Retrieved from https://www.mei.edu/publications/gender-politics-oman-between-state-sect-and-tribe

Goldsmith, L. T. (2016). دائرة الخوف العَلَويون السوريون في الحرب والسلم [Cycle of fear: Syria's Alawites in war and peace]. Beirut, Lebanon: Arab Scientific, 388p.

Authored Book - Research

Goldsmith, L. T. (2015). Cycle of fear: Syria's Alawites in war and peace. London, UK: Hurst, 288p.

Authored Book - Research

Goldsmith, L. (2018). Syria's Alawis: Structure, perception and agency in the Syrian security dilemma. In R. Hinnebusch & O. Imady (Eds.), The Syrian Uprising: Domestic origins and early trajectory. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Goldsmith, L. T. (2018). The Alawites of Syria: The costs of minority rule. In P. S. Rowe (Ed.), Routledge handbook of minorities in the Middle East. (pp. 185-196). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Goldsmith, L. T. (2017). Adapting to shifting ground: The Alawites of the Northern Levant. In K. S. Parker & T. E. Nasrallah (Eds.), Middle Eastern minorities and the Arab Spring: Identity and community in the twenty-first century. (pp. 101-128). Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Goldsmith, L. T. (2015). Alawi diversity and solidarity: From the coast to the interior. In M. Kerr & C. Larkin (Eds.), The Alawis of Syria: War, faith and politics in the Levant. (pp. 141-158). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Goldsmith, L., Shaikh, A. K., Yildiz Tan, H., & Raahemifar, K. (2022). A review of contemporary governance challenges in Oman: Can blockchain technology be part of sustainable solutions? Sustainability, 14, 11819. doi: 10.3390/su141911819

Journal - Research Article

Shaikh, A. K., & Goldsmith, L. T. (2021). A conceptual model for e-participation by Omani citizens using blockchain technology. WAS Science Nature, 4(1). Retrieved from https://worldascience.com/journals/index.php/wassn/article/view/27

Journal - Research Article

Goldsmith, L. T. (2020). 'Dancing between raindrops': Politics education in the Sultanate of Oman 2012-2019. Arabian Humanities, 13. doi: 10.4000/cy.5913

Journal - Research Article

Goldsmith, L. T. (2018). The ‘Alawī shaykhs of religion: A brief introduction. Sociology of Islam, 6(2), 190-211. doi: 10.1163/22131418-00602003

Journal - Research Article

Goldsmith, L. (2013). 'God wanted diversity': Alawite pluralist ideals and their integration into Syrian society 1832-1973. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 40(4), 392-409. doi: 10.1080/13530194.2013.811631

Journal - Research Article

Goldsmith, L. (2011). Syria's Alawites and the politics of sectarian insecurity: A Khaldunian perspective. Ortadoğu Etütleri, 3(1), 33-60.

Journal - Research Article

Goldsmith, L. (2011). Syria's Alawites and the politics of sectarian insecurity: A Khaldunian perspective. Ortadoğu Etütleri, 3(1), 33-60.

Journal - Research Article

Alabri, R. N. H., Shaikh, A. K., Goldsmith, L., & Albadi, A. (2019). Designing of a framework for electronic voting systems using blockchain technology. Proceedings of the 34th International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA) Conference. Retrieved from https://ibima.org/accepted-paper

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Goldsmith, L. (2019). 'Dancing between raindrops': Politics education in an authoritarian state: The Sultanate of Oman 2012-2019. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. Retrieved from https://nzpsa2019.sched.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Goldsmith, L. (2011). The seeds of the Syrian Revolution: A Khaldunian perspective. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. (pp. 15). Retrieved from http://nzpsa.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/nzpsa-2011-conference-abstracts.pdf

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ellis, L., Winter, C., Headley, J., Goldsmith, L., Patman, R., Roper, B., & Nel, P. (2022, August). World in crisis panel. Panel discussion at the Otago Politics Day School, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Shaikh, A. K., & Goldsmith, L. (2020, July). A conceptual model for e-participation by Omani citizens using blockchain technology. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on New Computer Science and Engineering Trends (NCSET), [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2018, February). Complex and interactive residual risk: Opportunities & challenges for resilience. Verbal presentation at the Risk Management Conference, Muscat, Oman.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2017, February). The 'Alawī sheikhs of religion: A brief introduction. Verbal presentation at the Leading the Faithful: The Role of Religious Authorities in the Middle East Working Group II, Doha, Qatar.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2016, August). Alawite religious leadership, the state, and politics in the Levant. Verbal presentation at the Leading the Faithful: The Role of Religious Authorities in the Middle East Working Group I, Doha, Qatar.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2015, April). Between integration and disintegration: Reconciling 'heterodox' and 'orthodox' Islamic identities in Syria. Verbal presentation at the International Symposium on Syria: History, Politics and Foreign Policy, Ankara, Turkey.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2015, March-April). Searching for institutional equilibrium in divided societies: Lessons from the Levant. Verbal presentation at the Economics of Conflict International Workshop, Muscat, Oman.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2015, November). Syria: The security dilemma of religious minorities. Verbal presentation at the War and Wars' Ending in the Post-2011 Middle East: A Cooperation of Germain Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and Lebanese American University (LAU), Byblos, Lebanon.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2014, January). 'Alwais of coast and city. Verbal presentation at the The 'Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant International Workshop, London, UK.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2012, May). Resilience of Alawite 'Asabiyya and implications for the Syrian uprising. Verbal presentation at the Middle East Institute Annual Conference, Singapore.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2012, November). The "reality of events" and international dysfunction in the Syrian crisis: Perspectives from Syrian fig farmers. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Harris, W., & Goldsmith, L. (2012, June). The convulsion in Syria. Verbal presentation at the 47th Otago Foreign Policy School: The Middle East: Unfolding Dreams and Drama in the Early Twenty-First Century, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. (2009, September). Sect and politics in Syria: The Alawites, 'Asabiyya and the Syrian regime. Verbal presentation at the British Society of Middle East Studies (BRISMES) Graduate Conference, Exeter, UK.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Goldsmith, L. T., & Dumairieh, N. (2019). شيوخ الدين العلويين: مقدمة موجزة [The 'Alawī shaykhs of religion: A brief introduction] [CIRS Occasional Papers]. SSRN. 32p. Retrieved from https://ssrn.com/abstract=3292755

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Hussein, Z. & Goldsmith, L. (2020, September). Gender politics in Oman: Between state, sect, and tribe. Middle East Institute. Retrieved from https://www.mei.edu/publications/gender-politics-oman-between-state-sect-and-tribe

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2018). Oman: The conflict in Yemen endangers Oman's neutrality. The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/oman/oman-the-conflict-in-yemen-endangers-omans-neutrality/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2017). Oman: A consultative democracy. The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/focus/oman-a-consultative-democracy/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L., & Parsons, N. (2017, November). The Middle East today. Panel discussion at the Celebrating 50 Years of Politics at Otago Events, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2016). Oman: The sultanate’s tightrope walk. The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/oman/oman-the-sultanates-tightrope-walk/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2016). Syria: The Alawite 'identity reform'. The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/syria/syria-the-alawite-identity-reform/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. T. (2016). Alawites pay the price for backing Bashar Assad. Politco. Retrieved from https://www.politico.eu/article/isil-syria-alawites-pay-the-price-for-backing-bashar-assad-vladimir-putin-russia/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2015). Immunizing against sectarian “sickness”: The case of Oman. Middle East Institute. Retrieved from https://www.mei.edu/publications/immunizing-against-sectarian-sickness-case-oman

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2015). Oman/Iran: The nuclear argreement... "peace and stability" for real? The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/iran/omaniran-the-nuclear-agreement-peace-and-stability-for-real/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2015). Oman: "Charlie"...A letter from Muscat to Paris. The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/opinion-column/oman-charlie-a-letter-from-muscat-to-paris/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2015). Oman: Can Oman survive without its heart? The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/oman/oman-can-oman-survive-without-its-heart/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2015). Oman: The return of the king. The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/oman/oman-the-return-of-the-king/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2015). Oman: The silent state? The Maghreb and Orient Courier. Retrieved from https://lecourrierdumaghrebetdelorient.info/oman/oman-the-silent-state/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. T. (2015). Is Alawite solidarity finally breaking? Hurst. Retrieved from https://www.hurstpublishers.com/is-alawite-solidarity-finally-breaking/

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2012). Alawites for Assad: Why the Syrian sect backs the regime. Foreign Affairs. Retrieved from https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/2012-04-16/alawites-assad

Other Research Output

Goldsmith, L. (2012). The politics of sectarian insecurity: Alawite'Asabiyya and the rise and decline of the Asad Dynasty of Syria (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2232

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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