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.
Project Senior Adviser Hassan Abbas recently visited Iraq and participated in the R.C.D. Security and Economic Forum in Baghdad. Professor Abbas discussed the importance of national security policy, interstate relations in the Middle East, and strategies for reaching a more stable and cohesive Iraq.
Project Associate Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi visited Yale University and helped lead an interfaith discussion on the subject of Sacrifice in Faith. The audience in attendance comprised of members of various faiths, including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity.
We are excited to launch a new—and highly timely—initiative at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA): the Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs. This Project will engage in a multidisciplinary study of Shi’ism, the second largest denomination in Islam, at a crucial historical moment in which Shi’a majority states, actors, and social movements are gaining increasing prominence and relevance in world affairs. Our research focuses on the intersection of Shi’ism andgeopolitics and also moves beyond to incorporate traditionally disjointed subjects relating to the study of Shiism. These topics range from the Shi’a global diaspora to inter-faith dialogue and sectarian de-escalation to Shi’a thought, history, and identity and the rich diversity of confessional groups within Shi’ism itself (including Twelver, Ismaili, Zaydi, Alevi, Alawite, and other groups).