St. Andrews (Special to Informed Comment) – The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is often depicted by its enemies and their press (the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel in particular) as an ideological and sectarian Shiite state, drunk on fundamentalism. Religious fundamentalism, however, is a key part of the politics of these […]
Shivan Mahendrarajah Is a research fellow at St. Andrews and the author of The Sufi Saint of Jam; History, Religion, and Politics of a Sunni Shrine in Shi'i Iran. He was educated at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and Persian at the University of Tehran. He returns often to Afghanistan and Iran. He is the junior editor of Afghanistan: The Journal of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies. Shivan is completing work on a second book, a history of Herat under Mongol and Kartid rule.