WCFIA Project on Shi'ism Seminar (via Zoom)


Monday, October 5, 2020, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Online Only

"Sectarianism in Pakistan: State, Society, and Regional Geopolitics"

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Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor of International Relations, Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA).

Nosheen Ali, Visiting Global Faculty, New York University. Founder of UmangPoetry, a digital humanities endeavor for the poetic inheritance of South Asia.

Beena Sarwar, Freelance Pakistani journalist and documentary filmmaker. Former Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of English, Brown University.


Ali Asani, Chair, Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs. Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Harvard University.

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With recent developments in Pakistan highlighting the dangers of sectarian violence and the potential for greater social cleavages emerging, this panel discussion will focus on the history and contemporary challenges facing Pakistan regarding sectarianism. Panelists will discuss the complex dynamics between Pakistani state and society, the diversity of cultural, ethnic, and religious identities and movements, and regional geopolitical and security dynamics which impact the country.