Biography

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 Honours BA in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Her research is primarily concerned with the epistemological potential of the ziyāra ritual to articulate a collective Imāmī identity between the tenth and thirteenth centuries.