Professor of Political Science
and the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta
استاد علوم سیاسی و صاحب کرسی
مطالعات اسلامی در دانشگاه آلبرتا
Mojtaba Mahdavi is a Professor of Political Science and the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the author and editor of numerous works on post-Islamism, contemporary social movements, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa, postrevolutionary Iran, and modern Islamic political thought. He is the co-editor of Towards the Dignity of Difference: Neither ‘End of History’ nor ‘Clash of Civilizations’ (2012); the guest editor of Contemporary Social Movements in the Middle East and Beyond – Sociology of Islam (2014); and the guest editor of The Many Faces of Contemporary Post-Islamism – Religions (2020). Dr. Mahdavi is currently working on four book projects: The Myth of ‘Middle East Exceptionalism’: The Unfinished Project of MENA Social Movements; Towards a Progressive Post-Islamism: Neo-Shariati Discourse in Postrevolutionary Iran; Rethinking China-Middle East Relations in the Age of Neoliberalism; and Ali Shariati and Beyond: Imagining Ethical Democratic Socialism in Muslim Contexts.
He is a recipient of several awards and grants including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connection Grant, and the SSHRC Conference Fund, IDRC Canada Partnership Grant, Killam Research Operating Grant, Visiting Fellow Grant at the Liu Institute and Green College at the University of British Columbia, among others.
Dr. Mahdavi’s research lies at the intersection of critical Middle East Studies, Political Economy, Contemporary Islamic Studies, and Decolonial/Postcolonial Studies. It is primarily driven by his interest in socio-structural changes in the life of ordinary people and discursive/intellectual transformations in the MENA/Muslim contexts.