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Morteza Hashemi

Morteza Hashemi
Dr Morteza Hashemi
Leverhulme ECF
5.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4273 (direct line)
Research Interests
Global Social Theory, Decoloniality, Sociology of Immigration, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Technology, Intersection of Religion and Technology, Race and Identity, Social Integration in Britain, Ethnography, Neo-Khaldunian Social Theory, Digital Sociology, Blood and Organ Donation

Leverhulme Research Project: Integration through Blood Donation

BloodDonationAddShiaMy Leverhulme funded research project is focused on post-secularism, social integration and technology. I have explained my understanding of post-secularism in my first book, Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age (Palgrave, 2017), and I am currently extending the core argument of the book. This project at the University of Edinburgh investigates strategies for post-secular integration, through civic engagement, among British Shia immigrants. It particularly investigates the possibility of using blood donation as a social policy tool for integration of immigrants into broader society. 

I am a co-founder of 'Blood Group' with Jacob Copeman and Stephanie Sodero,  in association with The University of Edinburgh's Centre for Medical Anthropology.


PhD in sociology
The University of Warwick


Hashemi, M, (2017). Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave Website)

  • Winner of the Farabi International Award 2018 (Iran)
  • Shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2018 (UK)

Cotter, R. C & Hashemi, M, (forthcoming), Religion and Non-religion in Fortress Europe: Perspectives on Belief, Immigration, and Identity in a time of Polarized Politics, London: Bloomsbury.

Peer-Reviewed PapersMortezaHASHEmiS
___________. (2016). A post-secular reading of public sociology. Social Compass, 63(4), pp.461-477. (online version)

Culture&ReligJournal___________. (2016). A new typology of modern atheisms: pilgrim atheism versus tourist atheism. Culture and Religion, 17 (1), 56-72.

Morteza Hashemii___________. (2019). Bedouins of Silicon Valley: a neo-Khaldunian approach to sociology of technology, The Sociological Review,  Vol. 67(3) 536–55. (Online version)

Book ChaptersReligion in Refugee Crisis2
___________. (2018). What Does It Mean to be a Progressive Intellectual after the Refugee Crisis in Europe? A Dialogue with Tariq Ramadan, In Schmiedel, U & Smith, G (Eds.) Religion in the European Refugee Crisis, New York: Palgrave. (online version)

HashemiPostTruthHashemi, M & Bagherpour, A. R. (2018). A Theory of Evolution of Religious Knowledge in a Post-Revolutionary Iran: And a New Frontier for Sociology of Knowledge, In Stenmark, M, Fuller, S & Zackariasson, U (Eds.) Relativism and Post-Truth in Contemporary Society, New York: Palgrave. (online version)

PokemonGo Project HashemiProject Report

____________.  (2018) Conceptual Study for Policy Making about the Citizen-Gamers: the Case of Pokémon Go. Daanesh Shahr. [online] Tehran: Urban Research and Planning Centre, pp.1-47. Available at: [Accessed 19 Jun. 2018] (Language: Persian). 

Teaching & Mentorship Experiences

1. Coventry University (UK)

2014- 2016: Temporary Lecturer (grade 8), Faculty of Arts and Humanities

2. The University of Warwick (UK)

2012- 2016: Seminar Tutor, Sociology Department

3. Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

2012-2014: Distance (online) mentor of a MA student in sociology

Research Projects & Other Work Experiences

1. Principal Investigator

2016- 17: Principal Investigator at Urban Research and Planning Center, Tehran Municipality (Iran).

Project title: Conceptual Study for Policy Making about the Citizen-Gamers: the Case of Pokémon Go.

2. Research Assistant, Research Fellow & Contributor

2017: Visiting Research Fellow at the Sociology Department of the University of Warwick.

2012: Research assistant in the Work Package 4 of MY PLACE project funded by Manchester Metropolitan University. 

2013-present: Contributor in Global Social Theory Project.

Academic Honours and Awards

2018: Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age was shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.

2018: The Farabi International Award (the highest Iranian honour in humanities and social sciences) for Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age.

2017: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh.

Conference Papers & Seminars

Hashemi, M. "Integration through Blood Donation: post-secular implications of British Shia immigrants' civic engagement", 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, University of Manchester (UK), 20-24 August 2019 (English).

__________, "What Does It Mean to be a Progressive Intellectual after the Refugee Crisis in Europe?", Mid-term Conference of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network 15: Global, Transnational & Cosmopolitan Sociology, University of Helsinki (Finland), 18 April 2018.

__________, "A Post-Secular Reading of Public Sociology". British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017: Recovering the Social, The University of Manchester (UK), 4-6, April 2017 (English).

__________, "The Public Sociologists' Guide to Religion", The Practice of Public Sociology: Sociological Review Early Career Event, Manchester Digital Laboratory (UK), 24 November 2016 (English).

__________, “The Primacy of Training over Truth: Sloterdijk Approaches American Neo-Pragmatism”, British Sociological Association 2016 Annual Conference: Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting, Aston University (UK), 6-8 April 2016 (English).

__________, "Revision of Ulrich Beck's Risk Society after Charlie Hebdo", International Social Theory Consortium 14th Annual Conference: Reconstructing Social Theory, History and Practice. The University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK), 17-19 June 2015 (English).

__________, "The Revival of the Comtean Dream in the Recent Atheist Movement: On Alain de Botton’s Atheism 2.0", IAS Summer School (Contesting Claims for Expertise in a Post-Secular Age), University of Warwick (UK), 15th-19th July 2013 (English).

__________, "Max Weber's Conception of Science: the process of solidification of the scientific 'facts'", International Postgraduate and Academic Conference, The University of Ritsumeikan, Kyoto (Japan), 27-28 February 2013 (English).

___________, "René Magritte and the Liquidity of Modernity", Café Scientifique, The University of Warwick, Coventry (UK) October, 2012 (English).

___________, "The Calvin of the Iron Cage: The theological roots of Max Weber’s Decisionism", Radical Secularisation?, The University of Antwerp (Belgium), September, 2012 (English).

___________, “A Short History of Homelessness: The theological roots of a dichotomy in the modern social theory”, British Sociological Association 2012 Annual Conference: Sociology in an age of Austerity, the University of Leeds (UK), 11-13 April 2012 (English).

___________, “Iranian Sociology and the Selective Translation of Theories of Secularization”, Regional Conference on Social Thought and Sociology in the Contemporary Middle East. Iranian Sociological Association. Tehran. May 2011 (English).

___________, "Ideology of Iranian Islamic revolution of 1979",Conference of Thirty Years, Sharif University (Tehran-Iran), November 2008 (Farsi).


2018-present: 'Blood Group'  in association with The University of Edinburgh's Centre for Medical Anthropology.
2018-present: European Sociological Association (ESA).
2013- present: Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC)
2012- present: British Sociological Association (BSA)
2012-2013: Member of the organising committee of The Social Theory Postgraduate Seminars by The Social Theory Centre, The University of Warwick (UK).

Hashemi, M. (2019). What would Ibn Khaldun have made of Silicon Valley?. [online] The Sociological Review Blog. Available at: [Accessed 1 Sep. 2019].
___________, 2016. Review of Simon Susen’s The Postmodern Turn in Social Sciences, Journal of Philosophy of Social Science (September 28, 2016, doi:10.1177/0048393116670112)
___________, “From Ibn Khaldun’s Point of View Fidel is Not Dead: Or, What Does the Rise of The Donald Tell Us About the Future?” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 5, no. 12 (2016): 13-16.
___________, (2016). ALATAS, Syed Farid. [online] Global Social Theory. Available at: [Accessed 2 Sep. 2019].
__________, (2015). SHARIATI, Ali. [online] Global Social Theory. Available at: [Accessed 2 Sep. 2019].

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