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Islamic scholar to discuss Shi'ites, Nov. 18

A lecture on "Who Are the Leaders of the Iraqi Shi'ites?" is planned for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in McCosh 50.

Roy Mottahedeh, the Gurney Professor of History at Harvard University, will explain the historical background of the present Shi'ite community in Iraq. He also will discuss the rise of some leading clerics, and will focus on the Shi'ite clergy as an element in the Iraqi political situation.

Mottahedeh's major work is on the pre-modern social and intellectual history of the Islamic Middle East. His publications include "Loyalty and Leadership in an Early Islamic Society" (1980) and "The Mantle of the Prophet: Religion and Politics in Iran" (1985). He is the faculty adviser of a new journal, The Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review.

Mottahedeh's talk is designated as the Walter Edge Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series . The event will be Webcast live.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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