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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.