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London Middle East Institute

A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘is

Sunnis and Shi'is
John McHugo, Centre for Syrian Studies, St Andrews University

Date: 17 October 2017Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 17 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Lecture by John McHugo on his latest book A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘is (Saqi, 2017) in which he provides an understanding of the genesis, development and manipulation of one of the major schisms that has come to define Islam and the Muslim world. The 1400-year-old divide between Sunnis and Shi‘is has rarely been as toxic as it is today, feeding wars and communal strife in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other Muslim countries, with tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran escalating. Historian McHugo charts the story of Islam from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, describing the conflicts that raged over the succession to the Prophet, how Sunnism and Shi‘ism evolved as different sects, and how the rivalry between empires contrived to ensure that the split would continue into modern times.
John McHugo is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies at St Andrews University. A board member of the Council for Arab British Understanding (CAABU) and the British Egyptian Society, he has also written on legal aspects of the Arab-Israeli dispute and advised Tim Farron, when he was leader of the Liberal Democrats, on peace in the Middle East. McHugo is frequently called upon to comment on Middle East affairs on Sky News, BBC, LBC and NPR among others. His other publications include the critically acclaimed A Concise History of the Arabs and Syria: A Recent History.

Chair: Madawi Al-Rasheed, LSE

Admission Free - All Welcome

Organiser: London Middle East Institute

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