Mohammad Sagha

PhD Candidate, Islamic History and Civilization, University of Chicago & Associate, Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs, Harvard University

Mohammad Sagha is a PhD candidate in Islamic History and Civilization and a Co-Director of the Shi'i Studies Group at the University of Chicago. He is also an Associate and Research Director for History and Identity with the Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Previously he was an Iran Project Associate and the Iran Project Coordinator at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is additionally an editor for SHARIAsource at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.
Sagha’s research focuses on the origins of Muslim sectarian identity and political institutions, the historical development of Islamic political thought, and the geopolitics of the modern Middle East. His interests also include the influence of Late Antique Sassanian-era religious currents on later Muslim sectarian identity and intellectual thought. His dissertation is entitled: “Hidden Empires: Revolt, Leadership and the Shiʿi Underground in Early Islam” which examines underground revolutionary politics, debates on orthodoxy and heterodoxy, and Islamic political institutions from before the Abbasid Revolution until the capture of Baghdad by the northern Iranian Buyid dynasty and the high period of the Shi'i Centuries.
Sagha received an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago where he wrote his thesis on the sociological networks of the emerging Twelver Shi'a community at the time of the occultation of the Twelfth Imam.