University of Calgary

Abdie Kazemipur

  • Ethnic Studies Chair
  • Professor

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Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Abdie Kazemipur is professor of sociology and the Chair of Ethnic Studies. He previously served as Stephen Jarislowsly Chair in Culture Change and Immigration at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has been the founding director of two research data centres at the University of Lethbridge and Memorial University. His research is in two distinct areas: the socio-economic experiences of immigrants in Canada, and the socio-cultural developments in the Middle East, on which he has published eight books. His book, The Muslim Question in Canada: A Story of Segmented Integration (UBC Press, 2014), received the 2015 John Porter Excellence Award from Canadian Sociological Association. He is currently working on a new book, titled Sacred as Secular: Secularization under Theocracy in Iran. Commentaries and interviews about his works have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, la Presse, Winnipeg Free Press, Vancouver Sun, Lethbridge Herald, Global TV, TVO, and Russia Today TV, among others. (For more information, including his full CV, visit his web site:

Selective Publications


Kazemipur, A. (2020-under reivew), Sacred as Secular: Secularization under Theocracy in Iran (McGill-Queen's University Press)

Kazemipur, A. & B. Sadighi (2018), Between Hope and Fear: A Study of the Lives of Muslim Immigrants in Canada, Tehran: Nashre-Nay (in Persian)

Kazemipur, A. (2014). The Muslim Question in Canada: A Story of Segmented Integration. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press (recipient of the 2015 John Porter Award by Canadian Sociological Association)

Kazemipur, A. (2009), Social Capital and Diversity: Some Lessons from Canada, Bern: Peter Lang AG: International Academic Publisher.

Kazemipur, A. (2008). The Generation X: A Sociological Account of the Iranian Youth, Tehran: Nashre-Nay Publisher. (in Persian)

Kazemipur, A. (2005), Social Capital in Iran, Tehran: Iranian Ministry of Culture Publishers. (in Persian)

Kazemipur, A. (2004), An Economic Sociology of Immigrant Life in Canada, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Kazemipur, A. (2004), Religious Beliefs and Behaviours in Iran: 1974-2001, Tehran: Iranian Ministry of Culture Publishers. (in Persian)

Kazemipur, A. and S. S. Halli (2000), The New Poverty in Canada: Ethnic Groups and Ghetto Neighbourhoods, Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, Inc.

Selective Recent Articles

Ejaredar, F., Kazemipur, A., Etemadifard, Seyed Mehdi. (2019/in-progress), “The Power of the ‘Unintended’: On Religious Experiences of the Graduates of Modern Religious Schools in Post-revolutionary Iran”.

Barkhordari, P.; Serajzadeh, S. H.; Kazemipur, A. (2019/under-review). “Religiosity and Social Class in the Post-revolutionary Iranian Cinema”, Quarterly of Social Studies and Research in Iran.  

Kazemipur, A. (2019/under-review). “An Interview with Abdolmohammad Kazemipur.”, Producing Islam(s) in Canada: On Knowledge, Positionally and Politics. Eds. Amélie Barras, Jennifer A. Selby, and Melanie Adrian. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Asayesh, O. Kazemipur, A. Sadighi, B. (2019/in-press), “Migration Aspirations: The Migration Tendency and the Image of the West among the Iranian Student-Migrants”, Journal of Cultural Studies and Communication.

Kazemipur, A. (2020/in-press), “Between Populism and Political Correctness: Islamophobia in Canada”, Proceedings of theS.D. Clark Symposium on Racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism, and the Future of Canadian Society. University of Toronto. (invited contribution)

Frideres, J. Guo, S. Kazemipur, A. Weinfeld, M. & Wong, L. 2019. “Mapping Racial and Ethnic Studies in Canada: Retrospective and Prospective Views of Canadian Ethnic Studies Chairs”, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 51, No. 2, Pp. 1-18. (invited contribution)

Evra, R. & A. Kazemipur (2019), “The role of social capital and ethnocultural characteristics in the employment income of immigrants over time”, Statistics Canada’s Insights on Canadian Society. June 19.

Kazemipur, A. (2018), “Religion in Canadian Ethnic Landscape: The Muslim Factor”, in Wong & Guo (Eds), Immigration, Racial and Ethnic Studies in 150 Years of Canada: Retrospecst and Prospects. Sense Publishers. 

Kazemipur, A. (2017), “The Image of Muslims in Canadian Parliamentary Debates, 1994-2016: Some Preliminary Results". Pathways to Prosperity Project. Retrieved from.

Kazemipur, A. (2017), “Reckoning with the Minority Status: On Fiqh al-aqalliyat al-Muslema (Jurisprudence of Muslim Minorities)”, in Mario Peucker and Rauf Ceylan (Eds), Muslim Community Organizations in the West. Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer. Pp. 13-34.

Kazemipur, A. (2017), “Muslim Immigration to North America: The Rise of New Challenges and the Need for New Perspectives”, in Victoria Esses & Don Abelson (Eds), Taking Stock of a Turbulent Decade, and Looking Ahead: Immigration to North America in the Early Years of the Twenty-First Century, McGill-Queen’s University Press. Pp. 206-232.

Kazemipur, A. (2016). “Bringing the Social Back In: On the Integration of Muslim Immigrants and the Jurisprudence of Muslim Minorities”, Canadian Review of Sociology. Volume 53, Issue 4 (November), 437–456.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD - Sociology
    University of Manitoba, 1999
  • MA - Sociology
    University of Tehran, Iran, 1990
  • BA - Sociology
    University of Tehran, Iran, 1987
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