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Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Australian-British academic imprisoned in Iran
Kylie Moore-Gilbert
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Intro Australian-British academic imprisoned in Iran
Is Academic
From Australia United Kingdom
Type Education
Gender female
All Saints' College, Bathurst
University of Cambridge
University of Melbourne
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Kylie Moore-Gilbert is an Australian-British academic and expert on Islamic studies. Currently imprisoned in Iran for ten years under a charge of espionage, she was previously a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute. In her research, "she has written extensively about revolutions and activism in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Shia Islam, Bahraini politics and its protest movements."

Life and career

Moore-Gilbert graduated from All Saints' College in Bathurst in 2005. She studied Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge and graduated with first class honours in 2013. In 2017, she obtained a PhD for a thesis entitled Shiʿi opposition and authoritarian transition in contemporary Bahrain: the shifting political participation of a marginalised majority at the University of Melbourne in 2017. She is currently Melbourne Early Career Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne.

Detention in Iran

Iranian authorities arrested her in September 2018 and she was subsequently tried and sentenced to ten years in prison. The charges are not publicly known but they are believed to pertain to espionage. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, reportedly in solitary confinement. Iranian authorities tried to recruit her as a spy in exchange for her release, which she declined.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 06 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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