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École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Bucerius Dissertation Completion Scholarship

Diffracted Authority. The State, the Marja‘îyya and the Militias in the Production of Shi‘i Political Authority in post-2003 Iraq


The historical sequence triggered by Saddam Husayn’s fall in 2003 has been marked by the reconfiguration of the use of the Shi‘i religious resource in Iraqi politics. This research aims at studying the various aspects of such a turn in political imaginaries and practices, and accounting for the inner workings of “political Shi‘isms” in Iraq. By focusing on the building of, and interactions between the Iraqi political, paramilitary, and Shi‘i religious fields, it contributes to both the study of Shi‘i religious political thinking, and, through its empirical endeavor, to the sociology of the state.

A graduate from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Sciences Po in Paris, Robin is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris). He studied Arabic at the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) in Damascus, Syria, and interned at various state institutions and NGOs before joining the ERC-funded Wafaw program for his Ph.D. He is chief editor of the think tank Noria Research.

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