Chair in Islamic Studies


Mojtaba Mahdavi is the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC) Chair in Islamic Studies, and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. 

 His recent books include Towards the Dignity of Difference? Neither End of History nor Clash of Civilizations (co-editor, Ashgate Publishing 2012); Under the Shadow of Khomeinism: Problems and Prospects for Democracy in Post-revolutionary Iran (forthcoming); and Towards a Progressive Post-Islamism: Neo-Shariati Discourse in Postrevolutionary Iran (co-editor, in progress).

Mojtaba Mahdavi is the guest editor of the special issue of Sociology of Islam on “Contemporary Social Movements in the Middle East and Beyond” (2014). He is currently working on the following research projects: The Unfinished Project of the Arab Spring; Universalism from Below? Muslims beyond Hegemonic Universalism and Regressive Cultural Essentialism; and Political Sociology of Postrevolutionary Iran. 

Mojtaba Mahdavi’s contributions have appeared in several refereed journals and essays, edited volumes and interviews in North American, European and Middle Eastern venues. He has given numerous public talks and lectures to many academic institutions and communities in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He was the Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College, University of British Columbia (2012-13).

He is the recipient of several awards and grants including the conference fund of SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), the SSHRC Connection Grants, IDRC Canada Partnership Grant, Killam Research Operating Grants, Visiting Fellow Grant at the Liu Institute and Green College at University of British Columbia, among others.

Mojtaba Mahdavi’s research interests lie in social movements and democratization in the Muslim World; secularism, Islamism and post-Islamism; modern Islamic political thought, comparative political theory, comparative politics and international politics of the Middle East.