Dr. Mohammad Sagha

Mohammad Sagha is a Lecturer in the Modern Middle East at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University where he teaches courses on Islam, history of the region (including Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Afghanistan), and contemporary Middle East politics. His scholarship addresses sectarianism in Islam and the emergence and flexibility of sectarian identity throughout Islamic history from the early Islamic period to the contemporary Middle East. In addition, his research focuses on imperial political order and resistance, theologies of leadership, and underground revolutionary networks in early Islam. In the contemporary Middle East, he examines Islamic and secular debates on sovereignty and the state, the dynamics of sectarian geopolitical competition in the region, and transnational connections between the Arab and Persianate worlds, particularly between Iran and Iraq. He is also a Faculty Affiliate and Research Director on Islamic History and Identity at the Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs at the Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Sagha received his PhD in Islamic History and Civilization from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Previously, he was a postdoctoral Division of Humanities Teaching Fellow and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) at the University of Chicago.