Seyed Ammar Nakhjavani
Associate and Research Director on the Global Shi'a Diaspora
Dr. Seyed Ammar Nakhjavani is an Associate and Research Director on the Global Shi'a Diaspora at the Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs where he focuses on Islamic political and intellectual thought, Shi'ism in the West and the global Shi'a diaspora, and sectarian conflict and peace building in the Middle East. Dr. Nakhjavani is a historian and specialist of Islamic intellectual history and was the Inaugural Imam Ali Chair in Shi’a Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools at Hartford Seminary, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, and an Associate at the Iran Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Prior to joining Hartford, Dr. Nakhjavani served as a Visiting Scholar of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Exeter where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on authority and leadership in early Islam. Dr. Nakhjavani serves as a Special Representative to the United Nations where he promotes women's rights initiatives, social development, and religious tolerance and was listed as one the top 500 most influential Muslims.