Mara Leichtman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University. She is author of Shi‘i Cosmopolitanisms in Africa: Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversion in Senegal (Indiana University Press, 2015). She also co-edited the special journal issue The Shi‘a of Lebanon: New Approaches to Modern History, Contemporary Politics, and Religion in Die Welt des Islams (2019). Dr. Leichtman was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at American University of Kuwait (2016-2017), where she launched a new research project that examines Islamic humanitarianism in the Gulf directed to global economic development, in particular in Africa.
This ‘chat’ was originally recorded in early July, 2021, and uploaded on 15 March, 2022.
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