Shi’a Minorities in the Contemporary World: Migration, Transnationalism and Multilocality

Oliver Scharbrodt, Yafa Shanneik

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Key features

Provides comparative insights into Shi’a Muslim communities across the globe, set in Muslim minority contexts
Makes an important contribution to understanding the global dynamics of contemporary Shi’a Islam
Illustrates how transnational Shi’a networks operate in Muslim minority contexts
Discusses the impact of events in the Middle East on Shi’a Muslim minorities across the world
Case studies include an in-depth ethnographic study of the Shi’a community in Buenos Aires; insights into the unique challenges of Shi’a Muslims in Sri Lanka; the connections of Shi’a Muslims in Cambodia to Iran; and the limits of sectarian differences among Shi’a Muslims in Germany

Global migration flows in the 20th century have seen the emergence of Muslim diaspora and minority communities in Europe, North America and other parts of the world. This book offers a set of new comparative perspectives on the experiences of Shi’a Muslim minorities outside the so-called ‘Muslim heartland’ (Middle East, North Africa, Central and South Asia). It looks at Shi’a minority communities in Europe, North and South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia and discusses the particular challenges these communities face as ‘a minority within a minority’.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages344
ISBN (Electronic)9781474430401
ISBN (Print) 9781474430371
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Muslim minorities
  • Shiism
  • Migration
  • transnationalism
  • Diaspora
  • multilocality


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