Global Shi'a diaspora

Mohd Faizal Musa. 2020. “Sunni-Shia Reconciliation in Malaysia.” In Alternative Voices in Muslim Southeast Asia: Discourses and Struggles. Singapore: ISEAS.Abstract

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The 1996 fatwa [recognizing "Sunni Islam" as the official religion of Malaysia] was a pivotal turning point that paved the way for subsequent efforts at "othering" the Shia minority, and through this to discredit and deny them their human rights. That the fatwa was a federal initiative--rather than a state one--ought to have raised warning bells about the central government overstapping its boundaries and encroaching on to the jurisdiction state governments had over Islam. The debate touched on the historical differences between the Sunnis and Shias, or, "sects being treated as religious phenomenon", and it resulted in tremendous bias against the Shias.

Islamic Center of America, Dearborn visit

Islamic Center of America, Dearborn visit

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 the project sectarian de-escalation and how Muslim-Americans can engage with greater American civil society.
Seyed Ammar Nakhjavani. 8/2/2018. “Three Messages for World Humanitarian Day 2018.” JustGiving Blog. Publisher's VersionAbstract
World Humanitarian Day, which takes place on 19th of August every year is a reminder for us to appreciate those who serve others, and to value the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises. As a global Goodwill Ambassador for the Zahra Trust, a UK based charity (which enjoys a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations), I am privileged to be able to work in support of the charity’s various humanitarian initiatives as I travel to deliver lectures around the world throughout the year.