March 2014 Meeting

March 2014 Meeting

Public lecture and branch meeting



Is a Palestinian Spring possible?


Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle East studies at University of Alberta


Thursday, March 20, 2014  6:00-7:30 P.M.


Grant MacEwan University City Centre Campus 10700 104 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta Room 7-218  For maps and directions click here.

Lecture and speaker information

The United Nations has proclaimed 2014 as an international year of Solidarity with the Palestinians. This talk will shed some light on the possibility of a Palestinian Spring or a third Intifada to establish an independent and viable Palestinian State. We will examine the problems and future prospects of the creation of a Palestinian State in the context of the new developments in the Middle East. These new developments include the rise of the Arab Spring, Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy of rapid expansion of Jewish settlements and defining Israel as a “Jewish State”, President Obama’s Middle East policy, and the impact of current nuclear talks between Iran and five major powers on the question of Palestine.


MahdaviMojtaba Mahdavi is Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle East studies at University of Alberta. His recent books include Towards the Dignity of Difference? Neither End of History nor Clash of Civilizations (co-edited, Ashgate Publishing 2012) and Under the Shadow of Khomeinism: Problems and Prospects for Democracy in Post-revolutionary Iran (forthcoming). He is currently working on two book projects: Post-Islamism in Context: Neo-Shariati Discourse, and Political Sociology of Postrevolutionary Iran. His contributions have appeared in several refereed journals and essays, edited volumes and interviews in English, Farsi, Arabic and Turkish languages. Dr. Mahdavi has given numerous public talks and lectures to a variety of academic institutions and communities in North America 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 those from The Conference Fund of the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), the IDRC Canada Partnerships Grant, Killam Research Operating Grants, and the Worldwide University Network (WUN) Grant. Dr. 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, and international politics of the Middle East.

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