On Monday, 15 February 2010, Dr. Kathryn Spellman-Poots delivered a lecture at the inaugural event for The Centre for Academic Shia Studies, held at the Al-Khoei Foundation. The lecture, entitled ‘Contesting Customs: Young Shi’a Muslims in Britain’ was based on her current research which examines Shia commemoration rituals in the UK. This research attempts to map out the Shia community in the UK, thereby placing these communities within the wider context of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim settings.
In particular, the lecture concentrated on how young British Shias, from a range of ethnic, national and socio-economic backgrounds, orient themselves to varying conceptions and practices of Shia traditions in the UK. Dr. Spellman-Poots looked specifically at the example of Shia rituals for Ashura, the day of mourning the martyrdom of the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Hussain.
Dr. Spellman-Poots is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the AKU-ISMC. Please click here for more information about Dr. Spellman-Poots’ research.
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