Harvard University’s leading initiative for producing advanced knowledge on the universal, transnational, and global dimensions of the Shi’a Islamic revival from an interdisciplinary perspective.

 

About the Project

Harvard Courses on Shi'ism

Shi'a Islam and Politics (Mohseni)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020
From the conflict in Yemen pitting the Shi'a Houthis against a Saudi-led coalition, to the civil war in Syria and the Shi'a militia-led fight against ISIS in Iraq, dominant media narratives portray conflict in today's Middle East as part of a proxy battle between Iran and Saudi Arabia rooted in an ancient dispute within the Muslim world between the Shi'a and Sunni sects of Islam. In this rendering, primordial hatreds are driving religious wars and civil conflict with Iran, at the heart of the so-called Shi'a crescent, and Saudi Arabia, the stalwart of true Sunni identity. However, such... Read more about Shi'a Islam and Politics (Mohseni)
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Love, Sanctity and Authority: An Introduction to Shii Islam (Boylston)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
Though they are minority traditions often overlooked in the academy, the major branches of Shii Islam (Twelver, Ismaili and Zaydi) provide a valuable entry point into the study of those aspects of the Islamic tradition that are most constitutive and most contested. After examining the historical contexts in which these three branches arose, the course will address Shia theologies, rituals, law, spiritualities and notions of authority, comparing views across the three branches and highlighting their internal differences through history. We will inquire into what, if anything, unites the... Read more about Love, Sanctity and Authority: An Introduction to Shii Islam (Boylston)
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If you are interested in helping out or looking to assist with research on Shi'a affairs, please email pmohseni@fas.harvard.edu with a statement of interest and short bio.

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