FIU’s Middle East Studies Program will present “Secularism and Religion: A View from Shi’a Islam” with His Excellency Sayyid Jafar Kaim on Monday, December 6th at 3:30pm in DM 353 in FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
Sayyid Jafar al-Hakim, the grandson of the late Grand Jurist Ayatollah Sayyid Mohsen al-Hakim, was born in 1965 in Najaf, Iraq. Besides his studies in formal schools, he joined the Islamic Seminary at an early age in 1977. He continued his studies while imprisoned by Saddam Bath’s party for over nine years. The studies, at that period of time, were under the supervision of a number of scholars and jurists who were in prison with him.
On February 13th, 1991 and in an unprecedented attempt, he managed to escape from the prison of Saddam following the air strikes on Iraq at the time of the Gulf War where he settled in the City of Qum, Iran. In Qum, he joined the Islamic Seminary to continue his education and pursue advanced studies. He received educations from leading figure of Shi’a Islam such as, among others, Grand Ayatollah Wahid al-Khorasani and Grand Ayatollah Mirza Jawad al-Tabrizi.