Understanding the Complexities of Sunni – Shi'a Relations
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
Woodrow Wilson School
Understanding Sunni – Shi'a relations will be the topic of a panel discussion at 4:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The discussion is intended to provide a basic understanding of the historical and present day relationship between the Sunnis and Shi'a, the complexities of the two groups, and their impact on the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East.
Panelists will include Geneive Abdo, a fellow in the Middle East program at the Stimson Center, specializing in issues regarding modern Iran and political Islam and Bernard Haykel, a professor of Near Eastern Studies and director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia at Princeton.
Genieve Abdo specializes in issues regarding modern Iran and political Islam. She directs the U.S.-Iran Advisory Group, a program on Iran, in conjunction with Heinrich Boell Stiftung, North America. She was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which aims to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies.
Bernard Haykel's primary research interests center on Islamic political movements and legal thought. He has published extensively on the Salafi movement in both its pre-modern and modern manifestations. In particular, his book titled “Revival and Reform in Islam” (Cambridge University Press, 2003) explores this strand of Islamic legal and political thought.