The event, chaired by Edinburgh University’s Professor Andrew Newman, brought together academics, organisational representatives, community leaders and activists, from across UK’s Shia communities.
In addition to the invaluable opportunity to network, the convention allowed for initial discussions to form a common platform for the UK’s Shia community organisations, through which they were able to share ideas and discuss collective solutions for common challenges faced in Britain.
The first phase, of the two-day workshop, began with invited academics sharing some of their research on the above theme. The studies included research of Shia communities in Europe and the USA, allowing attendees to reflect upon how far the presented findings might resonate with the UK context.
Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri contributed significantly by sharing his findings on his current research in conjunction with Lancaster University, which focuses upon young British Shia university students.