The goal of our K-12 Outreach Program is to broaden the perspective on Islam from every level, to present a complete picture of religion. We provide teaching materials for a multifaceted narrative of Islam in the United States, for a transformation of the pedagogy surrounding Islam in order to... Read more about K-12 Outreach
Visions is the online publication and multimedia platform for the Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs. It features the best analysis and commentary on the diverse aspects of Shi'ism and contemporary issues from an interdiscplinary perspective.
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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)
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)