The Shi’i-Sunni Divide in History and Islamic Politics Today
Presentation by Shaherzad Ahmadi, Ph.D.
Date & Time:
12:00 PM - 1:10 PM Thursday, Oct 3, 2019, 12:00 noon - 1:10 p.m.
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.