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 a PhD candidate in Islamic history and civilization and a co-director of the Shi'i Studies Group at the University of Chicago. He is also an associate with the Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Previously he was an Iran project associate and 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, the historical development of Islamic political thought, and the geopolitics of the modern Middle East. His interests also include the influence of Late Antique Sassanian-era religious currents on later Muslim sectarian identity and intellectual thought. Previously, Sagha was a visiting scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Harvard, working under the supervision of Professor Roy Mottahedeh on early Islamic dynastic military politics, and received an MA in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Chicago. He 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.


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