The Trends Governing the Future of Shiite

Document Type : Original Article


1 Researcher of the Center for Monitoring and Futures Study, Imam Hussein University, Tehran. Iran

2 Assistant professor at the Department of Futures Study, Center for Scanning and Futures Study, Imam Hussein University, Tehran. Iran


Recent global and regional developments indicate that Iran is not supposed to be unconcerned about the fate of the Shiites and must play a role in this regard. A geopolitical consideration of the issues relating to Iran and Shiism denote that any action in Iran - as the main center of the Shiism- affects the Shiite communities under the influence of Iran. This research is intended to investigate the trends governing the future of the Shiite world. This research is conducted by trend analysis and tries to investigate the social, economic, technological, and political trends that govern the Shiite world. The results of studying the current economic, technological, political and social trends in the world, especially in Islamic countries, indicate that the world has encountered deep and dramatic changes.  The results also demonstrate the formation of a new Shiite geography in the world. The key trends in the Shiite world, from changing of economic powers to population growth, and from the emergence of mass media and from the development of social networks to the transformation of political structures, all of which may shape the future of the Shiites in the West Asia (the Middle East) and the world, will face a complex and unpredictable future.


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