The Fifth International Conference on Shi’i Studies

Schedule - The Fifth International Conference on Shi'i Studies, 27-28 April 2019

Please note, the schedule is subject to change.

Refreshments and registration (8:30-9:00)
Introductory address (9:00-9:20)

Mohammed Ali Ismail, Director of Research and Publications
Isa Jahangir, Principal

Shi‘ism, Judaism, and Christianity (9:20-11:00)
Chair: Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK
Oliver Leaman

University of Kentucky, USA

Twelver Shi‘ism and rabbinic Judaism: Towards a comparison
Ezra Tzfadya

Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany

Shi‘a-Jewish interreligious dialogue: Developing historically conscious, philosophical conversations in difficult times.
Zachary Candy

George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

Contemporary developments and directions in Catholic-Shi‘a Dialogue
Coffee break (11:00-11:20)
Qur’an and Hadith: New questions (11:20-12:45)
Chair: Amir De Martino, The Islamic College, London, UK
Mohammed Ali Ismail

The Islamic College, London, UK

Is tafsīr ʿaqlī a method in Qur’anic exegesis?
Gianni Izzo

University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Sacred botany of the ‘alam al-mithal:  A survey of harmal from the Vedas to the Shi‘a Imami traditions
Jalal Fairooz

International University of Islamic Sciences, London, UK

Crisis management from the perspective of the Qur’an: Contemporary theories and Shi‘i scholars’ interpretations
Lunch (12:45-2:00)

Texts and readings: Early classical (2:00-4:00)
Chair: Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College, London, UK

Ismail K. Poonawala

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Discovery of the Kitab al-Asrar ascribed to the first Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Mahdī: Its ramifications
Mustafa Yousuf Roker

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Karachi, Pakistan

Goldsmiths University, London, UK

Religion on the archetype of Creation: Exploring Inductive Reasoning in the Discourses of Al -Mu’ayyad fi al-Din al-Shirazi
Dawood Mirza

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Karachi, Pakistan

The literary alliance: A stylistic analysis of Nasir Khusraw’s confession-ode and Dai al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi’s panegyrics for Caliph-Imam al Mustansir
Ali Aghaei

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany


The Hermeneutics of al-Sharif al-Murtada (d. 436/1044) in the Interpretation of akhbar al-ahad in his Ghurar al-Fawa’id wa-Durar al-Qala’id

Coffee break (4:00-4:15)

Isma‘ili experience and expression (4:15-5:45)
Chair: Hamid Tehrani, The Islamic College, London, UK

Abdulmamad Iloliev

Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK

Panj-Tani tradition: A set of beliefs and practices of the Shi‘i Ismailis of Badakhshan
Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev

Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK

In praise of the ahl al-bayt: Poetic expressions from early modern Badakhshan
Khurshid Sana Khan

London, UK

BRAC, Bangladesh

The mirage of equal educational access and the saga of Shi‘a Hazara’s participation in Kankor (university entrance exam) in Afghanistan

A few remarks from the Department of Research and Publications (5:45-6:00)

Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK

Refreshments and registration (8:30-9:00)

Session A: Qur’an and Hadith: Interpretations and sources  (9:00-10:30)
Chair: Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK

Safdar Razi Master

University of Lund, Sweden

Alqaem Institute for Advanced Studies, Sweden

Moses’ Meeting with God on Mount Sinai
Alistair Key

Manchester, UK

Sulaym ibn Qays in the Sunni Kutub al-Sittah
Mohammed Al-Hilli

London, UK

Sukaynah bint al-Husayn: The controversies and the Shi‘i response

Session B: Philosophy

Chair: Hamid Tehrani, The Islamic College, London, UK

Syed Alam Shah

University of Karachi, Pakistan


Comparative analysis of Heidegger and Mulla Sadra on the conception of being and human existence
Seyed Ehsan Shahrestani

International Colleges of Islamic Science

Is action part of thinking? A critical comment concerning critical rationalism


Abdul Rahim Afaki

University of Karachi, Pakistan

Fourfold journey of the unshackled caveman and Asfar Arba‘ah of the mystic philosopher: The Plato-Sadra metaphysical affinity

Coffee break (10:30-10:45)

Contemporary religious authority (10:45-12:45)
Chair: Amir De Martino, The Islamic College, London, UK

Mohammad Mesbahi and Hayder Khoei

The Islamic College, London, UK

The role of Ayatollah Sistani in the political process and the restructuring of the Iraqi governance system
Sayyid Fadhil Bahrululoom

Alridha Foundation London, UK

The life, scholarship and achievements of Ayatollah al-Uzma Sayyid Muhammad Hasan al-Shirazi (d.1895) (popularly known as Mirza Shirazi)
Yousif Al-Hilli

University of Birmingham, UK

The political influence of the Najafi marja‘iyyah in contemporary Iraq:  The role of Friday midday prayer sermons in 2014
Khairunnisa Aga

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Ijtihad and progression in Shi‘i Islam

Lunch (12:45-2:15)

Shi‘ism in practice (2:15-3:45)
Chair: Ayub Rashid, The Islamic College, London, UK

Emanuelle Degli Esposti

University of Cambridge, UK

Fighting for ‘justice’, engaging the Other: Shi‘a Muslim activism on campus
Sergio Moya Mena

University of Costa Rica

Following ahl al-bayt in the land of coffee and sugarcane: Shi‘i communities in Brazil
Shahnaaz Alidina

York University, Toronto, Canada

The social and psychological dimensions of parenting in Shi‘i Islam

Coffee break (3:45-4:00)

Shi‘ism and the West (4:00-5:30)
Chair: Amir De Martino, The Islamic College, London, UK

Fizza Joffrey

University of Toronto, Canada

The study of Shi‘ism in Islamic studies: A review of the field
Ali Paya

The Islamic College, London, UK

Modernity through the gaze of the early Shi‘a travellers to England: A critical assessment
Nour Jørgensen

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish Shi‘is’ attitudes towards mosques

Closing address (5:30-6:00)

Mohammad Ali Shomali
Director of the Islamic Centre of England

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