A historic symposium bringing together diverse voices from leading scholars of Shi’a thought and communities across Zaydi, Ismaili, Alevi, Alawite, Bektashi, & Twelver Ja'fari Muslim denominations and beyond at Harvard University.

Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs
Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Speaker Spotlight


Hassan Abbas

Senior Adviser, Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs
Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA), National Defense University

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi

Associate, Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs
Director-General and Chief Imam, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

Keynote Address

"Shi'ism: Unity and Diversity"

Seyyed Hossein Nasr
University Professor of Islamic Studies, The George Washington University


April 5, 2021
11:00AM – 12:15PM EDT | 8:00AM - 9:15PM PST



All sessions will be held online via Zoom. The symposium is free and open to the public. Register below:


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