To speak of Shi'a worlds is to acknowledge that they emerged from varied linguistic and historical spheres, entrenched within local cultures and customs. Traditionally, however, Iran is placed at the centre of the Shi'a worlds, but to what extent do communities in other countries follow this model? With Islam dominating many news headlines around the world, understanding the diversity and complexities within the Shi'a geopolitical and religious worlds has rarely been as relevant.
From Africa to Asia, there are areas that are home to minority and in some cases majority groups of Twelver Shia. Geography and history place Iran at the centre of these Shia worlds, but to what extent can we speak of an 'Iranian model' that these groups follow? This volume presents the Shi'a worlds in all their complexities and explores the tenuous relations between these groups and Iran. It also sheds light on little-known communities such as the Ironi Shi'a of Uzbekistan, and refines our understanding of groups studied more extensively like the Shia's in Iraq. Published in association with the Institut Francais du Proche-Orient.