Lynda Clarke

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Lynda Clarke is an American scholar of Islamic Studies, with a particular expertise on Shi'a studies, and contemporary Islamic thought.

Lynda Clarke
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OccupationProfessor and Author

Biography[edit | edit source]

Lynda Clarke is a professor of Islamic Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She is the author of numerous publications on Islamic law, Shi'a studies, and contemporary Islamic thought. Dr Clarke joined the Department of Religions and Cultures in 1998. she works chiefly in the geographical regions of the Arab Middle East and Iran. In Shi'a studies, Clarke's scholarly interests focus on mourning rituals for Imam Hussain in Shi'a culture.

Educations[edit | edit source]

  • Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University,1995
  • M.A. in Islamic Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, 1987
  • M.A. in Middle East Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, University of Toronto, 1980
  • Joint Honours, Political Science and Middle East Studies, Political Science, McGill University, 1977

Publications[edit | edit source]

Selected Publication[edit | edit source]

In this book, she investigates the role tragedy of Ashura played in transformation of the literary genre of Marthiya: " the event of Karbala has provided a continuing ritual context for elegiac poetry. The Marthiya in pre-Islamic times has a ritual function as a lamentation (nawh), often recited by women. Not only would the listener be invited to dwell in the virtues of the deceased, but the pathos of the situation was also revealed, and it may be assumed that those present were then moved to weep."

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