Abbas Barzegar

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Abbas Barzegar

Expert

Areas of Expertise: American Muslims, Political Islam, Sunni-Shiite relations, Middle East Politics

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Abbas Barzegar is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is also an Assistant Professor of Islam at Georgia State University. His scholarly research concerns the history of the Sunni-Shi’a conflict. With Richard Martin he is co-editor of the volume, Islamism: Contested Perspective of Political Islam (Stanford Univ. Press, 2009).  His views have been distributed through Common Ground News and the Guardian’s Comment is Free.  He received his Ph.D. in religious studies from Emory University.

Education

Ph.D. Emory University

Areas of Expertise

  1. American Muslims
  2. Political Islam
  3. Sunni-Shiite relations
  4. Middle East Politics

Publications

As millions of college students around the country begin the start of another school year most will encounter events, programming, and curriculum built around the tenth year anniversary of 9/11. Content will include paying honored respects to the victims and their families as well as interpreting the impact of the attacks on our nation’s history…
By the look of things, America is suffering through a pretty bad identity crisis. As our society indulges in 50th anniversary commemorations of civil rights movement milestones and tragedies - such as the passage of the Voting Rights Act or the Sunday massacre at Selma police across the country continue to go unchastised for shooting unarmed, naked, and…
As America struggles to understand Islam and Muslims on the world stage, one concept in particular dominates public discourse: Islamism. References to Islamism and Islamists abound in the media, in think tanks, and in the general study of Islam, but opinions vary on the differences of degree and kind among those labeledIslamists. This book debates…
Until now Western foreign policy in the Middle East has gotten the substance without the true cost. The renegade philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek once noted the absurdity of certain items in our modern consumer culture: The chocolate laxative, non-alcoholic beer and decaf coffee. What these products have in common is that each one…
"First as tragedy, then as farce" is the way history repeats itself as Karl Marx's words continue to teach us. But after an amateur anti-Islamic video went viral in North Africa leaving four state department officials killed in Libya and the US Embassy in Cairo breached, there is hardly anything farcical about this latest round…
From face veils in France to wannabe terrorists in Times Square, the question of how to "fix Islam" has become a normal but urgent question these days. The same question reigns in Muslim majority countries, where cultural forces clash between the hyper secular and the religiously retrograde. Today, Oxford University weighs in on the issue…
It's been a full year since I had the privilege of witnessing and writing about Iran's fateful election. However, I am still left wondering which story is more lasting – the actual political upheaval that tore through Iranian society or the worldwide media frenzy that misread most of it. A year after trashing the line…
Many of us are still bewildered by the bizarre news of the 19-year-old Somali-born American citizen, Muhammad Osman Mohamud, arrested on 25 November for attempting to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. Putting aside questions regarding the nature of the FBI’s involvement in this case, it appears that despite hundreds of millions…