Sherwan Hindreen Ali is an ACLED-Religion Assistant Research Manager. He has a M.A. in Islamic Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Sherwan's main fields of interests are sectarianism and minority rights in the MENA region. He is fluent in Arabic and English, and proficient in French and Persian. He is currently based in Montreal, Canada.

ACLED-Religion Overview
25 September-1 October 2021

Last week in the Middle East and North Africa, state authorities repressed religious practices under the pretext of security and curbing the spread of the coronavirus. In Bahrain, government authorities summoned Shiites for participating in communal mourning rituals in violation of coronavirus-related safety measures, while Iraqi authorities closed another border crossing for foreign Shiite pilgrims travelling to Shiite holy lands in the country.…