Liyakat Nathani Takim

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Takim Liyakat Nathani
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OccupationProfessor and Author in Islamic field

Takim Liyakat Nathani is a Zanzibari Tanzanian Sharjah chair and author in Islamic field.


  • Ph.D. in History of Religions  from Department of History, School of Oriental and African, London , 1990
  • M.A in History of Religions, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 1983
  • B.Sc. in Economics, Dept. of Economics from City University, London, 1978


  • Sharjah Chair in Global Islam at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from 2009 – present
  • Associate Professor, University of Denver , 2001 – 2009
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Miami , 1991- 2001
  • Sessional Lecturer, University of Toronto and Queen’s University and McMaster University, 1998–2000
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, 1996 – 1997
  • Director of Religious Studies, Toronto, 1990 - 1996




His view towards Tragedy of Karbala

In his only famous book “Shi'ism in America” , in conclusion part, he claimed that the new immigrants had deployed the most powerful weapons in religious arsenal: institution, rituals and symbols , then based on what the immigrants said , he described Tragedy of Karbala as one of the most important events that brought Muslim community together and caused cohesion among this community.

This book has been translated into Persian by Abbas Aqdasi and published by Kavir Publications in Tehran.