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Qadiriyya in Iraqi Kurdistan: Religious continuity and change

On July 6, 2017, IRIS hosted a symposium with Camilla Insom, anthropologist and Ph.D. candidate (Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno della Sapienza, Università di Roma & IsIAO), who met with AUIS students and faculty members to explore the historical transformation of Sufism in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), with a particular focus on the Sufi order of Qadiriyya. She has, since 2013, worked on documenting Sufi shrines in the region.

Task Force on the Future of Iraq publishes report and recommendations

The Task Force on the Future of Iraq of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, of which IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn is a member, published its first full-lenght report, including recommendations on how how the United States could best protect its national security interests and promote Iraqi interests through targeted and effective engageme

Fifth annual Sulaimani Forum proceedings available for download

Now in its fifth year, the Sulaimani Forum is a high-level policy conference that explores issues facing the Middle East region, with a particular focus on Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Over the course of two days, scholars, experts, and policymakers from around the world convene to discuss current trends, pressing challenges, and points of conflict in the Middle East.