A Dream of Divine Sovereignty, Realized: Pakistan, the Jamaat-e-Islami, and the Iranian Revolution (Nov 16, 2020)

As part of a new series hosted by Jindal Global University and the History Department of the University of Leeds, I gave a talk on how the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Pakistan’s most influential Islamist party, reacted to the Iranian Revolution. I argue that the JI was drawn to the events in Iran because it reflected a core concern and signature idea of its founder Abu ’l-Aʿla Maududi (d. 1979), namely to establish the sovereignty of God (hakimiyya) on earth. JI observers were deeply familiar with internal revolutionary dynamics and Iran’s Shiʿi identity. Yet, the prospect of seeing a proper Islamic system in action, with potentially global consequences for their cause, initially crowded out any sectarian concerns for the JI.

Instagram-Live Conversation on the Iranian Revolution and Global Islam (May 04, 2020)

Prof. Sajjad Rizvi (University of Exeter) kindly hosted me to talk about my current research on the global history of the Iranian Revolution. He had all the books and insightful questions – I had some tentative answers. At least we share the same Corona-caused hairstyle.

Red Zone Tehran (07 May 2020, in German)

For the new “Science and Corona” website of Bavarian Broadcasting (Bayerischer Rundfunk), I provided an analysis of authoritarian regimes how the Iranian government has handled the pandemic. You can check out the video here:


New Books in Middle Eastern Studies” Conversation on In a Pure Muslim Land. Shi’ism between Pakistan and the Middle East

I had a chance to sit down with host Asad Dandia to talk about my book. This episode was released on November 26, 2019.

Lecture on Sunnis and Shi’is at LMU Munich (in German)

On 19 November 2019, I gave a talk in the lecture series “Basiswissen Islam” on “Sunniten und Schiiten und der Mythos vom ewigen Konflikt” at LMU Munich.
Immer wieder berichten die Medien von heftigen Konflikten zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten, den beiden größten Gruppierungen des Islam: im Libanon, in Syrien, Iraq und Jemen, verlaufen Auseinandersetzungen anscheinend entlang konfessioneller Linien. Sind diese tatsächlich religiös bedingt, also die Folge einer Uneinigkeit nach dem Tod des Propheten Muhammad (st. 632) über die Zukunft der jungen islamischen Gemeinschaft?

You can access the video here: https://videoonline.edu.lmu.de/de/node/11327

S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize Lecture

On April 9, 2016, I gave the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize on Pakistan lecture at the Institute for South Asian Studies, UC California, Berkeley.