Shia Islam and Politics: Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon

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The recently published book Shia Islam and Politics: Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon by Jon Armajani will be the subject of this event. The book argues that since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, which established a Shia Islamic government in Iran, that country’s religious and political leaders have used Shia Islam as a crucial way of expanding Iran’s objectives in the Middle East and beyond. The book analyzes Shia Islam and politics in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon, which have among the largest proportional Shia populations in the Middle East and are vibrant centers of Shia intellectual life. At the same time, it explores Shia worldviews, governmental structures, education, and social service while considering Shia Islam and politics beyond those three countries. This program will begin with a brief presentation by Professor Armajani, followed by an interview with him about the book and an open question-and-answer session.

Link to the e-book version of Professor Armajani’s new book: Shia Islam and Politics: Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon. CSB/SJU username and password is required for login.

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