Elvire Corboz


Academic Visitor; Assistant Professor in Arab and Islamic Studies at Aarhus University (Denmark) 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute



Research Interests:

My research is centered on contemporary Shi'ism, in particular its transnational dynamics. In addition to my continued work on the Shi'i clerical establishment and the institution of the marja'iyya, I am currently at work with the question of state-sponsored religio-political transnationalism through a study of Iran's outreach to Muslim communities in the UK. I am also interested in the transnational history of the Khoja Ithna Asheri community.

Courses Taught:

In my home university, I teach courses on Islam and on Middle Eastern history and politics, as well as specialised courses on Iraq, Iran, Shi'ism, and Islam in the West.

Recent Publications:

Corboz, Elvire, Guardians of Shi‘ism: Sacred Authority and Transnational Family Networks (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

Corboz, Elvire, ‘Khomeini in Najaf: The Religious and Political Leadership of an Exiled Ayatollah’, Die Welt des Islams 55 (2015), pp. 221–248.

Baram, Amatzia, Joyce N. Baram and Elvire Corboz, ‘Ḥizb al-Daʿwah al-Islāmīyah’, Emad El-Din Shahin (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Corboz, Elvire, ‘The Al-Khoei Foundation and the Transnational Institutionalisation of Ayatollah al-Khu’i’s Marja‘iyya’, in Lloyd Ridgeon (ed.), Shi‘i Islam and Identity: Religion, Politics and Change in the Global Muslim Community (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012).

Corboz, Elvire, ‘Between Action and Symbols: The Claims of the Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq to Political Leadership’, in Ricardo Bocco, Hamit Bozarslan, Peter Sluglett, and Jordi Tejel (eds), Writing the History of Iraq: Historiographical and Political Challenges (London: World Scientific and Imperial College Press, 2012).

Photograph of Elvire Corboz