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Sunnis and Shias: Temporary Violence or Perpetual Conflict
As part of its seminar series, CASS will be hosting Dr Ali Allawi, who will be giving a talk on sectarianism in the Middle East and the Islamic world titled, Sunnis and Shias: Temporary Violence or Perpetual Conflict.
CASS Seminar Series - “Sunnis and Shi’as: Temporary Violence or Perpetual Conflict"
As part of its seminar series, CASS will be hosting Dr Ali Allawi, who will be giving a talk on sectarianism in the Middle East and the Islamic world titled, “Sunnis and Shi’as: Temporary Violence or Perpetual Conflict”.
The evening will commence at 6.30pm, with ample time being given for Q&A and discussion during the formal proceedings. In his talk, Dr Allawi will provide a historical survey of the relationship between Sunnis and Shi’a, the present conditions (in Iraq, the Gulf, Levant and elsewhere), and some prescriptive/predictive comments.
Ali Allawi is Research Professor at the National University of Singapore. His third book, A Comprehensive Biography of Faisal I of Iraq, set against the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the modern state system in the Middle East, was recently published by Yale University Press. He is now working on a book entitled, In Search of the Greatest Master, a book of journeys in the footsteps of Ibn `Arabi, which will relate his vision of an illumined world of Islam with the realities of today's Muslim world and communities.
In September, 2003, Ali Allawi was appointed to be the Minister of Trade of Iraq under the Iraq Governing Council, and was appointed in April 2004 to be Iraq’s first post-war civilian Minister of Defence. In January 2005, he was elected to Iraq’s Transitional National Assembly as a member of the United Iraqi Alliance, and in April 2005, he was appointed to be the Minister of Finance in the Transitional Government headed by Dr Ibrahim al-Jaffari.
Dr Ali Allawi attended MIT from which he graduated in 1968 with a BSc in Civil Engineering. He continued his postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics in Regional Planning, and went on to obtain an MBA from Harvard University in 1971.
Date: Thursday 15th May 2014
Location: Al-Khoei Foundation, Stone Hall, Chevening Road, London NW6 6TN
Places are limited. Please RSVP by Thursday 8th May 2014, sending your name and affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org.