Mehreen Zahra Jiwan

Mehreen Zahra Jiwan is a Fellow and Research Assistant at the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies. She is currently an MA student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. She obtained her Honors BA in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Sayyid al-Himyari’s poetry is some of the most famous in the Arabic language. This article explores some of the theological concepts that could be extracted from one of his pieces.   Abstract This article provides a detailed commentary on a [...]

A critical review of Matthew Pierce’s Twelve Infallible Men (2016) and evaluates his approaches to the study of Shīʿi ḥadīth sources.[...]

A State-of-the-Field review of academic scholarship on Shī’ī ziyārāṭ. This essay compares recent theoretical, geographic, and temporal approaches to ziyāra rituals.[...]

This article examines a ziyāra text from Ibn Qūlawayh’s (d.978/9) Kāmil al-Ziyārāt (The Perfection of the Visitations) by engaging with the poetic performativity of the ritual discourse. [...]