The Fourth Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies


Fourth Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

5-6 May 2017

Panel: Qur’an Studies

Chaired by Muhammad Zakaria, The Islamic College, London, UK

How important is the Qur’an really in Islam? Some observations from Islamic philosophy Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky, USA
The Qur’an between the past and the present: A search for response

to modern social realities

Yahya Baiza, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK
A comparative study of Biblical and Qur’anic methods of exegesis Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College, London, UK

Panel: Texts: Past and Present

Chaired by Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK

Was ʿĀmir b. ʿĀmir al-Baṣrī an Ismāʿīlī as claimed by some scholars, or was he an unorthodox Twelver Shīʿī Ṣūfī who had gone through a phase of mystical union with the Divine? Ismail Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Formulations of Imami scriptural knowledge in Shi‘i texts before and after the ghaybah Dominique Sirgy, Yale University, USA
The Zaynab-Ziyād dialogues: Constructing a Zaynabian theology at the level of the texts Christopher Clohessy, Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic studies
Shi‘i fiqh manuals (risālah ʿamaliyyah): Past and present Sayed Hossein Al Qazwini, Karbala, Iraq

Panel: Shi‘i ritual practice: Ashura and Arbaʿīn

Chaired by Amir DeMartino, The Islamic College, London, UK

The nature of the commemoration of Ashura in Iraq pre- and post-2003 Jafar Ahmad, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
The Arbaʿīn pilgrimage as a liminal and heterotopian practice: A study of alternative mode of living throughout the pilgrimage process Mohammad Nasravi, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Of blood and blades: How the Western press (mis-) represent the Ashura rituals Zeinab Ghasemi Tari, University of Tehran, Iran

Hossein Nazari, University of Canterbury, UK

Panel: Shi‘i ritual practice: Iranian and Turkish

Chaired by Hamid Tehrani, The Islamic College, London, UK

The city of Ardabil and its influence in Turkish Shi‘i Devotion Stefan Fa, University College, London, UK

Abbas Fanniasl, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Iran

Techno-Muḥarram: The mourning soundscape and the Shi‘a public in post-revolutionary Iran Babak Rahimi, University of California, San Diego, USA

Panel: Art and literature

Chaired by Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK

Intimations of the hidden Imam in the literary work of Jorge Luis Borges Frank Julian Gelli, London, UK
A new Arabic amulet bowl from Eṣfahān with Persian inscriptions, Ali Reza Sedighifard Collection Ali Faraj, University of Milan, Bicocca, Italy
Turkish influences on architecture in the Zaydī Qāsimid state in Yemen Mohamed Ahmed Abd Elrahman, Fayoum University, Egypt

Panel: Authority in Shi‘ism

Chaired by Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College, London, UK

The authority of the Imāmī marājiʿ Cameron Zargar, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
The 1080-year-old person: The clergy and the Shi‘i community Mohammadreza Kalantari

Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Al-Azhar and Shi‘ism: Tolerance, opposition or ambivalence? Syamsuddin Arif, Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought and Civilizations, Jakarta, Indonesia

Panel: Political theory and contemporary thought

Chaired by Amir Dastmalchian, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and

The Islamic College, London, UK

Shi‘ism and democracy Liyakat Takim, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Developing the political concept of theocracy: The case of velayat-e faqīh and the Islamic Republic of Iran Ezra Tzfadya, Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany
Al-Ākhūnd al-Khurāsānī and al-mashrūṭah (the Constitutionalist Movement) Sayyid Fadhil Bahrululoom, London, UK
Justice and ethics as totipotent emergent properties: A critical rationalist perspective Ali Paya, The Islamic College, London, UK

Panel: Shi‘ism in South Asia

Chaired by Muhammad Zakaria, The Islamic College, London, UK

Residential choice, collective action and identity affirmation of migrants in a metropolis: The

case of Gilgit-Baltistan Ismailis in Karachi, Pakistan

Khurshid Sana Khan, London, UK
Mystical philosophy in the light of Sufism and Vedantism Tayyaba Fatima, Govt. College Women University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Mohammad Obaid Aslam, Allama Iqbal Open University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

The Quṭb Shāhī era and the contributions of Mīr Momin Astarābādī in the spread of Shi‘a Islam in the Deccan Mirza Abbas

The Islamic College, London, UK

Panel: Shi‘ism worldwide

Chaired by Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK

From disenfranchisement to wealth: The invention of a Shi‘i bourgeoisie in Lebanon between education, diaspora, remittances and neoliberal practices Omar Bortolazzi, American University in Dubai, UAE
Navigating identity: An overview of the Shi‘a Hazara community in London and the

Midlands

Rabia Latif Khan, SOAS University of London, UK
The study of Shi‘ism in Denmark Nour Tessie Jorgensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The role of supplementary schools in shaping the Islamic identity of

Muslim youth

Karar Alsalemi, The Islamic College, London, UK

Mohammad Mesbahi, The Islamic College, London, UK