Mohammad Sagha, MA

Doctoral Candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago and Associate, Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Mohammad Sagha is undertaking his PhD studies in Islamic history and civilization at the University of Chicago where he is also Co-Director of the Shi'i Studies Group and facilitates the university's annual Shi'i Studies Symposium. Concurrently, he is the Iran Project Coordinator at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is additionally an editor for SHARIAsource at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. Sagha's research focuses on the origins of Muslim sectarian identity and political institutions, early Islamic transregional religious movements and military organization, and the historical development of Islamic political thought. In particular, he studies early Shi'i underground social networks and the foundation of Shi'i dynastic power under the Buyids and their contemporaries. Sagha also studies modern Islamic political thought and the geopolitics of the Middle East with a focus on Islamist movements, Iran, and the Shi'i Arab Middle East. Previously, Sagha was a Visiting Exchange Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, working under the supervision of Professor Roy Mottahedeh on early Islamic dynastic military politics, and has received an MA in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Chicago. Sagha travels frequently to the region and has studied extensively in Iran, including as a researcher at the University of Tehran. He is fluent in Persian, has advanced command of Arabic, and reading knowledge of German and French.


  • MA University of Chicago