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Date and Location

February 27, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
T-520 Nye A



​A seminar with Marsin Alshamary, Research Fellow, Middle East Initiative and PhD candidate in Political Science, MIT.

A light lunch will be served.Abstract: The Shi’a religious establishment of Iraq has an extensive history of political engagement in both formal and informal politics, including protest. This talk will explore the determinants of clerical participation in anti-government protest throughout Iraqi history and examine when Shi’a clerics are leaders of protest and when they are followers. It draws upon extensive fieldwork in Iraqi seminaries to identify mechanisms of clerical engagement in politics and to dispel the myth of Shi’a clerics as instigators of protest. It applies this theory to both historic instances of protest as well as on-going events in Iraq today.For more information:

Speakers and Presenters

​Marsin Alshamary


Additional Organizers

​Middle East Initiative