London University Discusses Shia Identity Development in the West

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SHAFAQNA – The International Media of the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine, in cooperation with the UK-based Integrity Association, have organized an intellectual symposium under the title, “Shia Identity Frameworks” in London.

The symposium was held in the Lecture Hall at Soas University where Dr. Yafa Shanneik, honorary research fellow at South Wales University, and Chris Heinhold from Chester University, presented researches tackling topics such as the reflection of Hussein’s Revivalism in literature, art and rituals in addition to building the Shia identity.

Haider al-Mangooshi, event coordinator, said “The symposium witnessed attendances from those interested in intellectuals affairs along with college students and journalists.”

“The researchers shed light upon using the principles of Imam Hussein to build the contemporary Shia identity,” added al-Mangooshi.

The first research by Dr. Yafa Shanneik was under the title of “We Are Hussein” and the second research by Chris Heinhold was “Every Land is Karbala”.

More than 130 students, professors and intellectuals attended the event, which focused on the foundation and ethics of the Infallibles that are based on respect, human rights, justice and are away from violence and extremism.

Sources – Imam Hussain

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