Who are the Leaders of the Iraqi Shi’ites?
November 18, 2003. Walter E. Edge Lectures
This lecture explains the historical background of the present Shi’ite community in Iraq. It also tries to give some understanding of the rise of some leading clerics who have recently become prominent. Finally, it deals with the Shi’ite clergy as an element in the present Iraqi political situation.
About the Walter E. Edge Lectures in Public and International Affairs
Founded in 1957 in memory of Walter E. Edge, LL.D. 1946, who served twice as Governor of New Jersey and also as United States Senator and Ambassador to France. The lectureship is supported by a bequest from his estate assigned to the University by his family, and supplemented by additional gifts from them, as a means of bringing to Princeton eminent statesmen from abroad as well as leaders in American public life.”
Lecturers have included George F. Kennan on “The United States and the Communist Giants” (1964-1965); John Kenneth Galbraith on “Labor, Capital and Intelligence: Comparative Power in Perspective” (1965-1966); Edward Heath on “When the World Becomes 21” (1976-1977); Isaac Asimov on “The Future of Man” (1976-1977); and Christopher Hill on “Milton and the English Revolution” (1981-1982). Edge, a self-made man who began his career as a “printer’s devil” in Atlantic City, was lauded as “Princeton’s most distinguished citizen and one of New Jersey’s greatest sons” at the time of his death in 1956.