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Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Kassam, K-A, Golshani, Z., Krasny, M.E. 2018. Grassroots Stewardship in Iran: The Rise and Significance of Nature Cleaners. In Grassroots to Global: Broader Impacts of Civic Ecology. M.E. Krasny (Editor). Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 65-84.

Kassam, K-A.S., Ruelle, M.L., Samimi, C. Trabucco, A. Xu, J. 2018. Anticipating Climatic Variability: The Potential of Ecological Calendars. Human Ecology, 46(2): 249-257. Online: View Article

Laldjebaev, M., Morreale, S.J., Sovacool, B.K., Kassam, K-A. S. 2018. Rethinking energy security and services in practice: National vulnerability and three energy pathways in Tajikistan. Energy Policy, 114: 39−50. View Article

Ruelle, M.L., Kassam, K-A., Asfaw, Z. 2017. Human ecology of sacred space: Church forests in the highlands of northwestern Ethiopia. Environmental Conservation , 1-10. DOI: 10.1017/S0376892917000534 View Abstract

Kassam, K-A.S., Avery, L.M., & Ruelle, M.L. 2017. The cognitive relevance of Indigenous and rural: Why is it critical to survival? Cultural Studies in Science Education(CSSE) Special Issue on Rural Science Education, 12: 97-118. DOI:10.1007/s11422-016-9745-5 View Article

Jackson, S.T., Duke, C.S., Hampton, S.E., Jacobs, K.L., Joppa, L.N., Kassam, K-A.S., Mooney, H.A., Ogden, L.A., Ruckelshaus, M., Shogren, J.F. 2016. "Toward a national, sustained U.S. ecosystem assessment: Pieces are in place, but need coordination and policy focus". Science, 354 (6314): 838-839. View Abstract

Joppa, L., Boyd, J., Duke, C., Hampton, S., Jackson, S., Jacobs, K., Kassam, K-A., Mooney, H., Ogden, L., Ruckelshaus, M., & Shogren, J. 2016. "Government: Plan for ecosystem services". Science, 351(6277): 1037. View Abstract

Kassam, K-A., Liao, C., & Dong, S. 2016. "Sociocultural and Ecological Systems of Pastoralism in Inner Asia: Cases from Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia in China and the Pamirs of Badakhshan, Afghanistan" (Chapter 4). In Building Resilience of Human-Natural Systems of Pastoralism in the Developing World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. S. Dong, K-A. Kassam, J. Tourrand, R. Boone (Editors). New York: Springer. 137-175. View Abstract

Kassam, K-A. 2016. "Conclusion" (Chapter 8). In Building Resilience of Human-Natural Systems of Pastoralism in the Developing World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. S. Dong, K-A. Kassam, J. Tourrand, R. Boone (Editors). New York: Springer. 281-284. View Abstract

Kassam, K-A., Avery, L., & Ruelle, M. 2016. "The cognitive relevance of Indigenous and rural: Why is it critical to survival?". Cultural Studies of Science Education, online: 1-22. View Abstract

Liao, C., Ruelle, M., & Kassam, K-A. 2016. "Indigenous ecological knowledge as the basis for adaptive environmental management: Evidence from pastoralist communities in the Horn of Africa". Journal of Environmental Management, 182: 70-79. View Article

Laldjebaev, M., Sovacool, B., & Kassam, K-A. 2016. "Energy security, poverty, and sovereignty: Complex interlinkages and compelling implications" (Chapter 7). In Guruswamy, L. (Ed.) International Energy and Poverty: Emerging Contours. London: Routledge. 97-112. View Chapter

Kassam, K-A. 2015. "Engendering a new generation of public intellectuals: Speaking truth to power with grace and humility" (Chapter 6). In M. Keren and R. Hawkins (Editors), Speaking Power to Truth: Digital Discourse and the Public Intellectual, Athabasca University Press. 129-154. View Entire Book

Liao, C., Barrett, C., & Kassam, K-A. 2015. "Does diversification improve livelihoods? Pastoral households in Xinjiang, China" Development and Change, 46(6): 1302-1330. View Abstract

Fahey, T.J., Templer, P.H., Anderson, B.T., Battles, J.J., Campbell J.L., Driscoll, C.T., Fusco, A.R., Green, M.B., Kassam, K-A., Rodenhouse, N. L., Rusted, L., Schaberg, P.G., & Vadeboncoeur, M.A. 2015. "The promise and peril of intensive-site-based ecological research: Insights from the Hubbard Brook ecosystem study" (ESA Centennial Paper). Ecology, 96(4): 885-901. View Abstract

Baumflek, M., DeGloria, S., & Kassam, K-A. 2015. "Habitat modeling for health sovereignty: Increasing indigenous access to medicinal plants in northern Maine, USA." Applied Geography, 56, 83-94. View Abstract

Kassam, K-A. 2015. Comment on "Revisiting the image of limited good on sustainability, thermodynamics, and the illusion of creating wealth" by P. Trawick & A. Hornborg. Current Anthropology, 56(1): 1-27. Comment is on pages 20-21.

Liao, C., Morreale, S. J., Kassam, K-A., Sullivan, P. J., & Fei, D. 2014. "Following the green: Coupled pastoral migration and vegetation dynamics in the Altay and Tianshan Mountains of Xinjiang, China." Applied Geography, 46: 61-70. View Abstract

Ruelle, M. and Kassam, K-A. 2013. "Foodways transmission in the Standing Rock Nation." Food and Foodways, 21(4): 315-339. View Abstract

Liao, C., Sullivan, P. J., Barrett, C. B., & Kassam, K-A. 2013. "Socioenvironmental threats to pastoral livelihoods: Risk perceptions in the Altay and Tianshan Mountains of Xinjiang, China." Risk Analysis, Available online. View Article

Ogden, L., Heynen, N., Oslender, U., West, P. Kassam K-A., & Robbins, P. 2013. "Global assemblages, resilience, and Earth stewardship in the Anthropocene." Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 11(7): 341-347. View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly and Leanne Avery. 2013. "The oikos of rural children: A lesson for the adults in experiential education." The Journal of Sustainability Education. View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2013. "Keeping all the parts: Adaptation amidst dramatic Change in the Pamir Mountains." In Continuity and Change in Cultural Adaptation of Mountain Environments, Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation 7. Ed. L. R. Lozny. New York: Springer Science + Business Media. 303-317. View Chapter

Nabhan, G. P., Wilson, K., Aknazarov, O., Kassam, K-A., Monti, L., Cavagnaro, D., Kelly, S., Johnson, T., & Sekacucu, F. 2012. "Agrobiodiversity shifts on three continents since Vavilov and Harlan: Assessing causes, processes, and implications for food security." In Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability. Ed. Paul Gepts et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 407-425.

Kassam, Karim-Aly, Umed Bulbulshoev, and Morgan Ruelle. 2011 “Ecology of Time: Calendar of the Human Body in the Pamir Mountains.”Journal of Persianate Studies, 4(2): 146-170. View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly, Michelle Baumflek, Morgan Ruelle, and Nicole Wilson. 2011. "Human ecology of vulnerability and adaptation: Case studies of climate change from high latitudes and altitudes." In Climate Change – Socioeconomic Effects. Ed. J. Blanco & H. Kheradmand. InTech Open Access Publishers. 217-236. View Chapter

Ruelle, Morgan L., Stephen J. Morreale, and Karim-Aly Kassam. 2011 “Practicing food sovereignty: Spatial analysis of an emergent food system for the Standing Rock Nation.”Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2(1): 163-179. View Article Abstract

Ruelle, Morgan L. and Karim-Aly Kassam. 2011. “Diversity of plant knowledge as an adaptive asset: A case study with Standing Rock Elders.” Economic Botany, 65(3): 295-307. View Article Abstract

Avery, Leanne M. and Karim-Aly Kassam. 2011. “Phronesis: Children's local rural knowledge of science and engineering” Journal of Research in Rural Education, 26(2): 1-18. View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly, Munira Karamkhudoeva, Morgan Ruelle and Michelle Baumflek. 2010. “Medicinal plant use and health sovereignty: Findings from the Tajik and Afghan Pamirs.” Human Ecology, 38(6): 817 - 829. View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2010. “Pluralism, resilience, and the ecology of survival: Case studies from the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan” Ecology & Society, 15(2): 8. View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2010. “Practical wisdom and ethical awareness through student experiences of development” Development in Practice, 20(2): 205-218. View Article Abstract

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2010. “Coupled socio-cultural and ecological systems at the margins: Arctic and Alpine cases” Frontiers of Earth Science in China, 4(1): 89-98. View Article Abstract

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2009. “Viewing change through the prism of Indigenous human ecology: Findings from the Afghan and Tajik Pamirs” Human Ecology, 37(6): 377-390. (Cover and Lead Article) View Article Abstract

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2008. Diversity as if Nature and Culture Matter: Biocultural Diversity and Indigenous Peoples. International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, 8(2): 87-95. View Publication

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2007. “Fière: Effective Practices in Self-Help Institutions” My Society, 1(1): 17-38.

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2005. "Human Ecology." Encyclopaedia of the Arctic (3 Volumes). Ed. Mark Nuttal. New York: Routledge. 892-896.

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2005. "Hunting, Subsistence." Encyclopaedia of the Arctic (3 Volumes). Ed. Mark Nuttal. New York: Routledge. 899-902.

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2005. "Muslim Presence in Alberta: Contibutions and Challenges." In Chinook Country Remembered. Calgary: Chinook (Alberta) Historical Society. 183-195. View Chapter

Kassam, Karim-Aly and Wisdom Tettey. 2003. "Academics as Citizens - Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Communities." Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 24(1): 155-174. View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2002. "On Being a Canadian Muslim Post September 11th" In Kassam, Karim-Aly, George Melnyk, and Lynne Perras (editors). Canada and September 11th: Impact and Responses. Calgary: Detselig. 185-193.

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2001. "Life North of 60°: Homeland or Frontier?" In Passion for Identity: Canadian Studies for the 21st Century. Scarborough: Nelson Thompson Learning. 433-455. View Chapter

Kassam, Karim-Aly and Sean Maher. 2000. "Indigenous, Cartesian and Cartographic: Visual Metaphors of Knowledge in Arctic (Tundra) and Sub-Arctic (Taiga) Communities." In Links Between Cultures and Biodiversity. Kunming (China): Yunnan Science and Technology Press. 785-811.

Kassam, Karim-Aly and John Graham. 1999. "Indigenous Knowledge, Community Participation and Traditional Land-Use Mapping ." In Delaney, R., Brownlee, K., & Sellick, M. (Eds.), Social Work with Rural and Northern Communities. Thunder Bay: Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University. 95-219. View Chapter

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 1998. "The Idea of Progress in Modern Muslim Thought: The Views of 'Abduh and Iqbal on Reason And Tradition." In Islamica, 2(4):. 45-49.

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 1997. "Gender Analysis: Its Strengths and Weaknesses, and Requisite Skills for Effective Gender Planning." In Social Development Issues, 19(2/3): 189-202.

Kassam, Karim-Aly and Wanda Wuttunee. 1997. "Development and the Changing Gender Roles of Gwich'in Women." In D. Poff and T. Fletcher (Eds.), Northern Futures. Selected Proceedings of the Conference of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. Prince George: University of Northern British Columbia. 52-69. View Publication

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 1993-94. "Integration of Islam in Young Ottoman Thought." Part I in Islamica, 1(3) August 1993: 10-14. Part II in Islamica, 1(4) January 1994: 15-21.


Dong, S., Kassam, K-A., Tourrand, J. Boone, R. (Editors). 2016. Building Resilience of Human-Natural Systems of Pastoralism in the Developing World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. New York: Springer.

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Kassam, Karim-Aly (Editor). 2010. Understanding Terror: Perspectives for Canadians. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

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Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2009. Biocultural Diversity and Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Human Ecology in the Arctic. Calgary: University of Calgary Press/Arctic Institute of North America.

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Kassam, Karim-Aly, George Melnyk, and Lynne Perras (editors). 2002. Canada and September 11th: Impact and Responses. Calgary: Detselig.

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Kassam, Karim-Aly and the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre. 2001. So That Our Voices Are Heard: Forest Use and Changing Gender Roles of Dene Women in Hay River, Northwest Territories. Calgary: CIDA - Shastri Partnership Programme.

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Kassam, Karim-Aly and the Wainwright Traditional Council. 2001. Passing on the Knowledge: Mapping Human Ecology in Wainwright, Alaska. Calgary: Arctic Institute of North America.

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Robinson, Michael and Karim-Aly Kassam. 1998. Sami Potatoes: Living with Reindeer and Perestroika. Calgary: Bayeux Arts. (Translated and published in Russian 2000)

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Editorial and Letters

Joppa, L.N., Boyd, J.W., Duke, C.S., Hampton, S., Jackson, S.T., Jacobs, K.L., Kassam, K-A.S., Mooney, H.A., Ogden, L.A., Ruckelshaus, M., and Shogren, J.F. 2016. "Government: Plan for ecosystem services." Science, 351(6277): 1037. View Letter

Sayre, N.F., Kelty, R., Simmons, M., Clayton, S., Kassam, K-A., Pickett, S.T.A., and Chapin, F.S. 2013. "Invitation to Earth Stewardship" (Guest Editorial). Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 11(7): 339-339. View Editorial

Introductions and Preface

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2011. "Much is expected from those to whom much is given." Forward to G.
Melnyk & C. M. Sutherland, The Art of University Teaching. Calgary: Detselig.

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 2002. Preface to Frederick R. McDonald, Ancestral Portraits: The Colour of My People. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

Invited Articles or Essays

Kassam, Karim-Aly "Why Do We Need Artists? A Meditation on the Relationship Between Religious Experience and Cultural Expression." Ismaili USA, July 2000.

Kassam, Karim-Aly "Civilizational Thinking: An Invitation to Participate." Ismaili Canada, July 2000.

Kassam, Karim-Aly and Larisa Avdeeva. 1997. "The Life of a Sami Dom Cultura (Cultural Centre) in the Russian Arctic."Museums Review, 23(4) Winter: 29-31.

Norton, David W. and Karim-Aly Kassam. 1997. "Theme Schools: From Manifesto to Paradigm for Undergraduate Students."Arctic, 50(1) March: 87-94.

Kassam, Karim-Aly. 1997. "Clash of Civilizations: The Selling of Fear." Islam in America, 3(4): 8-15. View Article

Book Reviews

Thibault Martin and Steven M. Hoffman (Editors). Power Struggles: Hydro Development and First Nations in Manitoba and Quebec. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 35(2) 2011.

Peter H. Solomon, Jr. (Editor). The Dynamics of “Real Federalism” Law, Economic Development, and Indigenous Communities in Russia and Canada. Canadian Slavonic Papers, 50(1‐2) 2008.

Sarah Jewitt. "Knowledge and Gender: Local Development in India's Jharkand". Gender and Society, 20(10) 2004.

Natasha Thorpe, Naikak Hakongak, Sandra Eyegetok and the Kitikmeot Elders. "Thunder on the Tundra: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit of the Bathurst Caribou". Arctic, 25(1) 2003.

Milton Freeman et al. "Inuit Whaling and Sustainability". Arctic, 54(3) 2001.

Robert Weelersburg (Editor). "Northern People, Southern States: Maintaining Ethnicities in the Circumpolar World". Arctic, 51(1) 1998.

Ann Fienup-Riordan. "Freeze Frame: Alaska Eskimos in the Movies". Arctic, 50(1) 1997.

Tariq Ali. "Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree". Islamica, 2(3) 1996.

Public Scholarship

Kassam, Karim-Aly. October 8, 2006. "Taliban's 'Clash of Civilizations' Distant from People of Pamir." Calgary Herald. Editorial Page (A10). View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly. August 15, 2006. "Climate Change Adds to Hardship in Bartang Valley." Calgary Herald. Editorial Page (A10). View Article

Kassam, Karim-Aly. August 6, 2006. "A 'Stan' Whose People, Culture Remarkably Similar to Our Own." Calgary Herald. Editorial Page (A10). View Article

Curriculum Materials

Baumflek, Michelle, Clare Ginger, Marla R. Emery, and Karim-Aly Kassam. 2013. Rethinking Wild: Indigenous Plant Stewardship in Maine. View Lesson Plan

Baumflek, Michelle, Clare Ginger, Marla R. Emery, and Karim-Aly Kassam. 2013. Sharing What We Gather: Sharing, Medicinal Plants and Health Sovereignty in Wabanaki Communities. View Lesson Plan

Plant Stewardship Guidelines

Baumflek, Michelle, Karim-Aly Kassam, Marla R. Emery, and Clare Ginger in partnership with the Houlton Band of Maliseets and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. 2013. Stewardship Guidelines for Culturally Important Plants: Four Examples. View Guidelines