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Minoo Mirshahvalad

Senior fellow

mirshahvalad@fscire.it

Research interests

Shi’a studies, religious conversion, immigration and secularism. Her current project regards the
historical roots of Italians’; conversion to Shiism.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7497-8173
https://unito.academia.edu/MinooMirshahvalad

Education

01/10/2016 – 19/05/2020 University of Turin, PhD, Sociology, dissertation, Shi’as in Italy. A Religious Minority in Fieri, PhD obtained with honours.
01/10/2013 – 13/07/2016 University of Bologna, MA, Philosophy, dissertation, Ijtihad or Leviathan’s Magic Wand: An Outline of History of the Islamic Clerical Institute, grade: 110/110 magna cum laude.
01/10/2009 – 17/07/2013 Università degli studi di University of Bologna, BA, Philosophy, dissertation, La luce divina dell’utopia mazdea, grade: 109/110.
01/10/2002 – 01/10/2006 University Shahed (Tehran), BA, Graphic Design, dissertation: Metro Art, grade: 19/20.
01/09/1998 – 15/10/2000 University Zaynab Kobra (Hamedan), Associate degree, Graphic Design, grade: 18/20.

Academic and Professional experience

April 2022-April 2024, Senior Researcher, FSCIRE, Palermo
January 2021-December 2025, Researcher, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcellona
June 2021-May 2024, Subject Expert in Islamic Studies, University of Pisa, Pisa
April 2021-April 2022, Islamic Studies Archivist, FSCIRE, Bologna-Palermo
October 2020-January 2021, Reviewer of textual materials in the project Islamic Studies and Muslims in Europe, University of Pisa, Pisa
October 2019-April 2021, Cultural mediator at the Territorial Commission for the Recognition of International Protection, Bologna
February 2020-December 2020, Cultural mediator at the Prefecture of Forlì-Cesena, Forlì
2008-2013, Coordinator of the activities of the international section of the Dramatic Arts Centre official website. Oral and written translation besides writing of essays on theatrical productions, Teheran
2006-2009, Dastan Publishing House, Illustrator and designer of book covers and promotional materials, Teheran
2005-2009, Amuzesh Ulum Publishing House, Designer of books and magazines

Pubblicazioni

Monografie

M. Mirshahvalad, Gli sciiti in Italia: Il cammino dell’islam minoritario in diaspora, Mercato San Severino, Paguro, 2020. ISBN: 978-8899509897.

Articoli

M. Mirshahvalad, Shi'a Clerics and War: Mutual Services, «British Journal of Middle Easter Studies», manuscript, ID: 225167340.

Pepicelli, N. Elsakaan, M. Mirshahvalad, Wilāyah: ri-letture del concetto di tutela maschile sulle donne in Iran e in Egitto da una prospettiva di genere, «Religioni e società».

M. Mirshahvalad, Rethinking the Mosque: Shi’as and the Creation of the Sacred Space in Italy, in Rajendra Baikady (ed.), Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Change, Palgrave Mcmillan Charm, 2022.

M. Mirshahvalad, I gruppi sciiti: La nascita e le evoluzioni, «Rivista di studi indo-mediterranei», 11 (2021), pp. 1-12, ISSN 2279-7025.

M. Mirshahvalad, Shi'a Women in Italy: To Live or Forge the Self?, «Hawwa», manuscript, ID: HAWW-1118.

M. Mirshahvalad, Shi’i Worship Places and Rituals in Italy, «Sociology of Islam», under review, manuscript ID: SOI-1192.

M. Mirshahvalad, A Silent Quest for New Shīʿa Religious Leaders in Italy, «Journal of Muslims in Europe» 10 (2021), pp. 1-18. DOI: 10.1163/22117954-BJA10018.

M. Mirshahvalad, Converts and the Remaking of Shi’ism in Italy, «Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations» 31, 4 (2020), pp. 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/09596410.2020.1858596.

M. Mirshahvalad, Ashura in Italy: The Reshaping of Shi’a Rituals, «Religions» 10 (2019), pp. 1-14. DOI:10.3390/rel10030200.

M. Mirshahvalad, How an Italian Amorphous Space Became a Shi’a Mosque, «Working Papers Series» 5 (2018), pp. 103-126. DOI: 10.26409/2018WPSMK05.

M. Mirshahvalad, Women in an Italian Shi’a Worship Hall, «Genesis: Rivista della società italiana delle storiche» 14, 2 (2017), pp. 83-99. DOI: 10.23744/1431.

M. Mirshahvalad, Can Iranian Women Compensate for Their Absence from the World of Fiqh?, «Jura Gentium» 14, 2 (2017), pp. 86-107. ISSN 1826-8269.

M. Mirshahvalad, Shi’ite Tradition and the Iranian Mujtahids’ Reflection on the Question of the Veil, «Rivista di studi indo-mediterranei» 7 (2017), pp. 1-16. ISSN 2279-7025.

M. Mirshahvalad, Dalla sinagoga al pyréum: Una riflessione sull’approccio di Voltaire a Ciro il Grande, «Intersezioni» 36, 2 (2016), pp. 157-178. ISBN:8815262113.

M. Mirshahvalad, Oltre la laicità: il caso dell’Iran, «Jura Gentium» 12, 2 (2015), pp. 7-26. ISSN 1826-8269.

M. Mirshahvalad, Una riflessione sull’approccio di Machiavelli a Ciro il Grande, «Rivista di studi indo-mediterranei» 4 (2014), pp. 1-23. ISSN 2279-7025.

M. Mirshahvalad, La luce divina dell’utopia mazdea, in Francesco Reali (ed.), Ricerche a confronto: Dialoghi di antichità classiche e del vicino oriente, Zarmeghedo, Saecula, 2014, pp. 297-310. EAN: 9788898291755.

Contributi in volume

M. Mirshahvalad, Gli sciiti in Italia: Il profilo storico e le organizzazioni, in R. Pepicelli e D. Mascitelli (eds.), L’Italia e L’Islam: 12 secoli di storia in movimento, Roma, Carocci, in corso di stampa.

M. Mirshahvalad, Creating the Shi’i Sacred Space in Italy, in S. Zakeri e F. Anghelone (eds.), Shi’ism in European and Middle Eastern Contexts, Roma, OSMED, 2021, pp. 18-22.

M. Mirshahvalad, Two Different European Illustrations of Cyrus the Great: Machiavelli and Voltaire, in C. Saccone e N. Norozi (eds.), Tra le spade e le alcove, Seattle, Centro Essad Bey, 2019, pp. 185-196. 

Recensioni

M. Mirshahvalad rec. a
M. Campanini e S.M. Torelli, Lo scisma della mezzaluna, in «Quaderni di Meykhane» 8 (2018), pp. 1-3.

As-Sarif Al-Murtada, Codicological and Orthographical Analysis of Kitab Gurar al Fawayd, in «Afaq-e Andishe», 2 (2018), pp. 25-29.

A.D. Smith, The Cultural Foundation of Nations, in «Archivi di studi indomediterranei», 7 (2017), pp. 1-2.

N. Ghobadzadeh, Religious Secularity: A Theological Challenge to the Islamic State, in «Rivista di studi indo-mediterranei» 6 (2016), pp. 1-3.

Voltaire: Dizionario filosofico, in «Storia e politica» 7 (2015), pp. 196-199.

A. Gariboldi, La monarchia sassanide tra storia e mito, in «Rivista di studi indo-mediterranei» 13 (2014), pp. 1-6.