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Zackery M Heern
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Zackery M Heern, PhD

Books 

The Emergence of Modern Shi‘ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, Forthcoming (2014).

Shi‘i Law and Leadership: The Influence of Mortaza Ansari. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.

Journal Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Thou Shalt Emulate the Most Knowledgeable Living Cleric: Redefinition of Islamic Law and Authority in Usuli Shi‘ism,” Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies. Vol. VII, No. 3, Summer 2014, pp. 321-344.

“Minority Religions in the Middle East: 1250-1920.” in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia, Edited by Andrea L. Stanton, et. al. Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2012.

“Three Sources of Shi‘i Knowledge and Authority: A Historical Survey.” in Knowledge and Authority in the Hawza, Edited by Robert Gleave, London: I. B. Tauris, Forthcoming.

“One Thousand Years of Islamic Education in Najaf, Iraq: Myth or History?” in The History and Development of the Hawza, Edited by Robert Gleave, London: I. B. Tauris, Forthcoming.

“Rationalism, Traditionism, and Illuminationism in Modern Islam: Usuli, Akhbari, and Shaykhi Connections and Disconnections,” Remembrance, Discourse, and Beauty in Islamicate Civilization: Essays in Honor of Benjamin Todd Lawson, Edited by Omid Ghaemmaghami, Leiden: Brill, Forthcoming.

Book Review

The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta: Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer, by David Waines. Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, Volume 25, Issue 2, August 2013, pp. 265-267.

Selected Courses 

Islam in the Modern World

Modern Middle East

Islamic Middle East 

Modern Iraq and Iran 

Islam, Politics, and Terrorism 

Islam and the West 

Persian Culture and Civilization 

Introduction to Islam 

World Civilizations to 1500 

World Civilizations since 1500 

Arabic  

Persian (Farsi)

Papers Presented at Academic Conferences

"Re-Constructing Shi‘ism and State in Modern Iran," Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Chicago, 2014

"Shi‘i-British Relations and the Creation of Iraq," Ohio Valley History Conference, Clarksville, 2014

"The Baha’i Faith and Islamic Messianism in Iran," International Society for Iranian Studies, Montreal, 2014

"Shi‘i-British Relations and the Creation of Iraq," Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, 2013

"British Imperialism in Iraq," British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Savannah, 2013

"Origins of the First Shi‘i Seminary (Hawza) in Najaf, Iraq, Clerical Authority in Shi‘i Islam Conference, Oxford University, 2012

"Usuli Shi‘ism and the Eighteenth Century Islamic Reformation, Middle East Studies Association, Denver, 2012

"Thou Shalt Emulate the Most Knowledgeable Cleric, Middle East Studies Association, San Diego, 2010

"Myth or History: The Foundation of the Hawza in Najaf, Clerical Authority in Shi‘i Islam, British Academy, London, 2010

"Three Sources of Shi‘i Knowledge (‘ilm): Revelatory Texts (naql), Rational Interpretation (‘aql), and Intuitive Revelation (kashf)," Clerical Authority in Shi‘i Islam, University of Exeter, 2009

"Charismatic Authority in Early Modern Shi‘i Islam," Middle East Studies Association, Boston, 2009

"The Usul al-Fiqh of Vahid Bihbihani and the Development of Usuli Shi‘ism," Diversity and Change in Islamic Law: Developments in Shi‘ite Jurisprudence, University of Exeter, 2009

"The Death of Intuitive Knowledge and the Triumph of Rationalism in the Hawza (Shi‘i Seminary) at the Turn of the 19th Century," Clerical Authority in Shi‘i Islam, British Academy, London, 2009

"Laying Foundations for Orthodoxy: Vahid Bihbihani and the Transformation of Shi‘i Islam," Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, 2008

Conference Panels Organized       

“Shi‘i Relations: Historical Narratives of Conflict and Cooperation,” Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, 2013 (Panel members included: Peter Sluglett, MESA President)

“Political and Ideological Change in the Modern Shi‘i Muslim World,” Middle East Studies Association, Denver, 2012

“Tradition and Change in Shi‘i Thought and Practice,” Middle East Studies Association, San Diego, 2010 (Panel members included: Todd Lawson)

“Shi‘i Religio-Political Leadership,” Middle East Studies Association, Boston, 2009 (Panel members included: Roy Mottahedeh, Harvard University)

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