Saad Abbasi

PhD Candidate

Education

BA Concordia, MA Toronto

Dissertation

Working Title: "Islam, Sharia, and Democracy: Congruencies, Tensions, and Contradictions"

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, Religion and Politics, Democratization (Muslim world), Civil Society, Social Movements, Islamic political theory, Political Islam/Islamism, Politics of the Middle East/North Africa/South Asia.

Selected Publications

  • 2013: Abbasi, Saad. “An Examination of Islamic Movements through the Lens of Social Movement Theory." Air & Space Power Journal. Forthcoming.

Selected Conference Presentations and Guest Lectures

  • 2013: Abbasi, Saad. "Islam and Democracy: Congruencies, Tensions, and Contradictions". Guest lecturer for Religion and Politics (4202F/9736A), The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. November 25th.
  • 2013: Abbasi, Saad. “Turkey as a Model for the ‘New Middle East’? An Examination of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) as a Blueprint for Islamist Political Factions in Arab Spring States”. Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), 71st Annual Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, United States. April 11-14.
  • 2013: Abbasi, Saad. “Reinterpreting Civil Society in the Muslim Context: Investigating the Materialization of Wired Civil Societies in Muslim-Majority States”. Abstract. Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and Islamic Relief, Islam and Conflict Transformation, The University of Manchester, Manchester, England. January 24th.
  • 2012: Abbasi, Saad. “An Examination of Islamic Movements through the Lens of Social Movement Theory”. Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), 70th Annual Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, United States. April 13th.
  • 2011: Abbasi, Saad. “From Climate Change to Violent Conflict—The Dilemma of Securitization.” Approved Abstract. Sixth Annual Political Science Graduate Symposium, Dalhousie University,Halifax, Nova Scotia. March 10-11.

Teaching

  • 2011-Present: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Comparative Politics, POL 2245E, Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
  • 2010-2011: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to International Relations, POL 2231E, Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
  • 2007-2010: Head Teaching Assistant, Middle East and Global Conflict, POLI 391, Department of Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
  • 2007: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Canadian Politics, POLI 204, Department of Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
  • 2007: Teaching Assistant, Public Security and Terrorism, POLI 209, Department of Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, QC.