Lynda Clarke joined the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University in 1998 after having held positions in the Department of Religion at Bard College, New York, and the Department of Asian and Middle East Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Shiism, women, law (especially in relation to gender), and Islam in the West, and she works chiefly in the geographical regions of the Arab Middle East and Iran. Her current focus in the area of Shiism is on Sunni-Shiite relations. Recent publications include “Belief and unbelief in Shīʿī thought” in the Encyclopedia of Islam, (Brill, 2017); “A Shiite Clerical View of Other Religions and the Lebanese Nation-State: Muḥammad Jawād Maghniyah (1904-1979)” (Muslim World, 110, ii : 176-194) and “Non-Veiled Muslim Women in the West: Sentiments and Views” (Muslim World, 111, iii :335-357]. Prof. Clarke is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project presenting the narratives of forced migrants from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and Syria to Canada.