A leftist thinker Professor Amir Hassanpour passed away on a Toronto hospital bed surrounded by young students holding his hand, the moment was a perfect illustration of his legacy.
He was totally dedicated to social justice and women's rights,he was comrade, honest and kind.
We are receiving this sad news at the time that more than ever Kurdish people under attacks of cultural and there history, he was truly said that when the big power wants to eliminate Nations, they first attacks there Culture and History and that's why he started to defend his nation by studying and understanding of Kurdish Language, culture and history.
We as a Cultural and social committee of KODAR sending our deepest gratitude regards his death and we hope his position will be field by youngsters in our Nation, his families lost is ours and we hope his family will continue his legacy along side of our Nation.
Amir Hassanpour, (1943-June 2017 ), was a prominent Kurdish scholar and researcher. He was born in Mahabad, in eastern Kurdistan (north-western Iran).He received Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English language in 1964 from University of Tehran. He taught in the secondary schools of Mahabad in the period of 1965-66.
In 1968, he began studying linguistics at Tehran University, and received his M.A. in 1970. He finished his doctoral work in 1972, while teaching for a year at the University of Tehran. Then he went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied communications and received his Ph.D. in 1989 in the field of sociolinguistics and contemporary Middle Eastern history. The title of his thesis is The language factor in national development: The standardization of the Kurdish language, 1918-1985. He has been living in Canada since 1986, and has been teaching at University of Windsor, Concordia University and University of Toronto. He was Associate Professor at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. His areas of interest for the course are media, conflict and democracy and critical approaches to nationalism, ethnic conflict, genocide and social movements.
Cultural and social committee of KODAR
24 June 2017