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Malaysia

Malaysian Shi'ites Lonely Struggle

May 31, 2021

Mohd Faizal Musa, a Project Associate, published an academic paper in the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations. where he looks into Malaysian Shi’ites lonely struggle to demand their rights and how the religious edict and policies contradict to Malaysia’s commitment at the international level.

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A Genealogy of Conflict

A Genealogy of Conflict: An Interior View of the War in Yemen

March 11, 2021

The Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs hosted an event with Marieke Brandt, a senior researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, on the subject of the contemporary war in Yemen. The full paper of the report can be viewed below.

Abstract: Over the past years, the war in Yemen developed many internal and external dynamics. The focus of international observers and the media is often more on its regional political contexts, thereby largely disregarding the local dynamics of this...

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Arab Spring

Iran and the New Geopolitics of the Middle East: In Search of an Equilibrium

February 16, 2021

Project Associate Hassan Ahmadian recently published an academic article in the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. on Iran's changing strategic foreign policy following the Arab uprisings of 2011.

Abstract: Iran’s regional policy was subject to heated debates in the post-Arab Spring period both within Iran and beyond. Though welcomed by allies, Iran’s regional involvement was fiercely criticized by its rivals and foes and, as such, different theories emerged on its causes, aims and scope. There was less divergence,...

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fred donner

Interview with Fred M. Donner, Professor of Near Eastern History at the University of Chicago

October 26, 2020

Project Associate Mohammad Sagha hosted Fred M. Donner, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Near Eastern History at the University of Chicago, for a podcast on the origins of Islam, early identity, historiographical issues in scholarship, and conventional understandings of Islamic history, among other topics. Donner's scholarship has significantly contributed to the field of late antique studies of the Near East and re-positioned key debates on the nature of the early Islamic era including theories regarding the message of...

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Shi'a Workshop

Project on Shi'ism Summer Workshop

October 20, 2020

The WCFIA Project on Shi’ism hosted a summer workshop on geopolitics, contemporary ideology, and political movements in the modern Middle East. Led by Project Director Payam Mohseni and Project Associate Mohammad Sagha, the workshop covered conceptual Shi'a political and ideological frameworks and their implications in current regional and international relations. Subject areas included Twelver Shi’a approaches and understandings of political mobilization and theory and wider revivalist strands in political Islam across the region.

Lays

Zaman Founder Najah Bazzy Featured by Lays Operation Smile

September 14, 2020

Zaman Founder and CEO Najah Bazzy is one of 30 people across the United States selected to appear on the bags in the third annual promotion to benefit Operation Smile, an international medical charity that provides access to safe surgical care to those who have cleft conditions. 

“There’s a transformative power in hope and I’m proud to participate in this effort to support Operation Smile and bring smiles to people as we work through these trying times,” Bazzy said. 

The campaign, which will provide up to $1 million to...

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Archive of the Project's Newsletters

January 22, 2020

In order to maintain the newseltter as well as to use them as a source, the Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs will be saving all its newsletters within this news article. Readers are free to view and download them from this page. 

 

Islamic Center of America, Dearborn Workshop

Islamic Center of America, Dearborn Workshop

September 28, 2019
Project Director Dr. Payam Mohseni and Associate Mohammad Sagha conducted a series of youth workshops entitled “Shi’ism in America” at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, MI. The interactive workshops expanded upon several themes including pluralism within Islam and how to approach interfaith dialogue within the framework of Shi’i Islam. Dr. Payam Mohseni and Mohammad Sagha also discussed Shi'a-Sunni relations and sectarian de-escalation and how Muslim-Americans can engage with greater American civil society.