First International Conference on Shi’i Studies

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Papers Presented at the First International Conference on Shi'i Studies 9 May 2015

Shi‘ism and Modern Education (9:10-10:30)
Mohammad Mesbahi

The Islamic College, UK

Why Would Adherents to Islam Study Theological Studies to Obtain a Secular Qualification?
Khurshid Sana Khan

Khurshid Sana Khan UK

Religious Authority of the Imam and Educational Choices of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Isma‘ilis in Karachi, Pakistan
Liyakat Takim

McMaster University, Canada

The Study of Shi’ite Islam in North American Universities
Approaches towards Shi’ism in the Western Academy (10:45-12:05 )
Seyfeddin Kara

University of Durham, UK

An Evaluation of the Approach of the Western Academia to the Shi’a Sources Related to the History of the Text of the Qur’an
Hossein Kalbasi Ashtari

Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran; presentation via Skype

Can Contemporary Shii’ite Studies Be Released from the Hegemony of Orientalism? A Case Study of Professor Henry Corbin
Ismail Poonawala

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

The Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safaʾ and Western Scholarship – A Critical Evaluation of S. M. Stern and Wilferd Madelung’s Contributions
Shi‘ism and traditional studies (12:05-1:00)
Isa Jahangir

The Islamic College, UK

The Salihiyyah School in Qazvin and Shi’i Religious Authority (With Emphasis on Scholars of the Baraghani Family)
Oliver Leaman

University of Kentucky, USA

Philosophy and Shi’ism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Shi‘ism, Anthropology, and Ritual Practice (2:00-3:20)
Mohammad Reza Hashemitaba

Rice University, USA

Anthropology, Shi‘ism, and Shi‘i Studies: An Overview of Entanglements, Contributions, and Possibilities
Thomas Brandt Fibiger

Aarhus University, Denmark

Marja‘iyyah from Below. Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religious Authority. (Focusing on the Meaning and Perception of the

marja‘iyyahamong lay Shi’a Muslims in Kuwait.)

Samer El-Karanshawy

Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar

Texts, Interpretation and Commemorating Imam Husayn
Shi‘ism in a Minority Environment (3:40-5:00)
Siti Sarah Muwahidah

Emory University, Atlanta, USA

For the Love of Ahl-Bayt: Transcending Sunni-Shi’i Sectarian Allegiance
Shereen Yousuf

DePaul University, Chicago, USA

The Right to Offence, the Right to


Abdülkadir Yeler

Istanbul, Turkey

Institutionalization of Shi’ism in Turkey and Current Problems
Closing address by Dr. M. A. Shomali, Director of the Hawzah at the Islamic College (5:00-5:30)
Sponsored by: The Islamic College, London, UK in conjunction with the Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies