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The Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs now at the Weatherhead Center

September 9, 2019

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 and geopolitics 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).

... Read more about The Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs now at the Weatherhead Center