The Afghan Shia: Politics, Piety, and Diaspora
This talk examines the revolutionary politics of Shi’i communities in Afghanistan and the diaspora from the 1970s to the present. It focuses on the emergence of new forms of political mobilization and novel conceptions of religious authority. The lecture also explores the rise of an Afghan Shi’i clerical elite and its aspirations both to transform Afghan politics and reshape the piety of a global diaspora.
Robert D. Crews is Professor of History at Stanford University. He is an historian whose research and teaching interests focus on Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, Russia, Islam, and Global History. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received an MA from Columbia University and a PhD degree in History from Princeton University. His work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times. His latest research project explores Shia politics in Afghanistan