Sayyid Ammar Nakshawani

Sayed Ammar Nakshawani was born in 1981 and is the grandson of Murtadha Nakshawani, who served as a representative of Grand Ayatollah Abu al-Qasim al-, Iraq. He is a professor and the Imam Ali Chair of Shia studies at Hartford Seminary, as well as a British Iraqi Islamic historian, lecturer, and author. He is listed as one of the The 500 Most Influential Muslims, and is the youngest person on the list at the age of 32. Nakshawani is additionally known for his inter- and intra- faith unity efforts, and has met with a plethora of faith leaders to further these objectives. Ammar is from the direct bloodline of the Holy Prophet through His grandson, Imam Musa al-Kadhim.
He attended University College London and obtained his BSc in Psychology and Law in 2003, and also studied a one-year diploma course at the London School of Economics. He thereafter obtained his MA from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran and his doctorate from the University of Exeter.
Nakshawani completed his MA under the supervision of Jassim Hussain, author of The Occultation of the Twelfth Imam. His PhD, Examining the Caliphate of Muawiya b Abi Sufyan, was supervised by Professors Sajjad Rizvi, Rob Gleave and C.E. Bosworth, with a defense involving Prof Robert Hoyland. He has taught courses on Islam and Human Rights, Islam and Pluralism, and Gender Studies through a Quranic Perspective.
He studied in the Islamic Seminaries of Damascus, Syria in the precincts of the sanctuary of Lady Zainab, the granddaughter of Mohammad, from 2009 – 2011. Nakshawani completed studies in Arabic Grammar, Hadith Studies, Logic, Science of Jurisprudence, History, Theology, Mysticism and Quranic Sciences.

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