The Shi’i-Sunni Divide in History and Islamic Politics Today

Presentation by Shaherzad Ahmadi, Ph.D.

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:10 PM
Thursday, Oct 3, 2019, 12:00 noon - 1:10 p.m.


free and open to the public


Iversen Hearth Room (room 340), Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN


refreshments and cookies provided; please bring your own lunch

In the year 632, the prophet Mohammad died in the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, shocking the nascent Islamic community. Few believed that a prophet could die so young, at 62, and no one had prepared for a peaceful transfer of power. In this presentation, Dr. Shaherzad Ahmadi, Assistant Professor of History at the University of St. Thomas, will discuss the intra-religious question of succession and the modern consequences of the Shi'i-Sunni divide in Islamic politics.

Dr. Ahmadi specializes in the modern Islamic world, especially the Middle East. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin, where her doctoral work focused on the Iran-Iraq borderland. She has authored several pieces, including the award-winning article “‘In My Eyes He Was a Man’: Poor and Working-Class Boy Soldiers in the Iran-Iraq War.” She is currently writing her book manuscript Living on the Edge: War and Peace in the Borderland, 1958-1988. Dr. Ahmadi teaches undergraduate courses at the University of St. Thomas, including the Shi’i/ Sunni Split as well as the Middle East and North Africa in Global Perspectives.

Sponsored by
Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning
Department of History
Theological Encounters program of the Theology Department

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