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Clerical Authority in Shi'i Islam

1 January 2009 - 31 March 2012

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Robert Gleave

Funding awarded: £ 140,220

Sponsor(s): British Society of Middle Eastern Studies

About the research

Three-year collaborative project (2009-2011) between the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS), sponsored by the British Academy, entitled Clerical Authority in Shi'ite Islam: The Seminaries of Iraq and Iran with a total budget of £142,000 for visiting fellowships, workshops, and research projects.

This project brought together a collection of international scholars to work collaboratively between March 2009 and March 2012. For further details, visit the project website - The workshops have been addressed by Professor Roy Mottahedeh (Harvard University), Professor Sabrina Mervin (CNRS) and Professor Laurence Louer (Sciences-Po).  The Hawza Project ended in March 2012 with a major conference at Keble College, Oxford.