Abbas Barzegar

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Abbas Barzegar

Expert

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

Disclaimer: the work linked below reflects the view of the author and does not necessarily reflect the view of ISPU.

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

PhD, Emory University

Areas of Expertise

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

Publications

  • 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...

  • “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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...