The Fourth International Conference on Shi’i Studies

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Papers Presented at the Fourth International Conference on Shi'i Studies 5-6 May 2018

Refreshments and registration (8:30-9:00)
Introductory address (9:00-9:30)
Mohammed Ali Ismail
Director of Research and Publications
The Islamic College, London, UKIsa Jahangir
Chair of Board of Trustees
The Islamic College, London, UK
Qur’an Studies (9:30-10:50)
Chair: Muhammad Zakaria, The Islamic College, London, UK
Oliver Leaman
University of Kentucky, USA
How important is the Qur’an really in Islam? Some observations from Islamic philosophy
Yahya Baiza
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK
The Qur’an between the past and the present: A search for response to modern social realities
Mohammed Ali Ismail
The Islamic College, London, UK
A comparative study of Biblical and Qur’anic methods of exegesis
Coffee break (10:50-11:10)
Texts: Past and Present (11:10-1:00)
Chair: Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK
Ismail Poonawala
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
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?
Dominique Sirgy
Yale University, USA
Formulations of Imami scriptural knowledge in Shi‘i texts before and after the ghaybah
Christopher Clohessy
Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Rome, Italy
The Zaynab-Ziyād dialogues: Constructing a Zaynabian theology at the level of the texts
Sayed Hossein Al Qazwini
Karbala, Iraq
Shi‘i fiqh manuals (risālah ʿamaliyyah): Past and present
Lunch (1:00-2:30)
Shi‘i ritual practice: Ashura and Arbaʿīn (2:30-3:50)
Chair: Amir De Martino, The Islamic College, London, UK
Jafar Ahmad
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
The nature of the commemoration of Ashura in Iraq pre- and post-2003
Mohammad Nasravi
Royal Holloway University of London, UK
The Arbaʿīn pilgrimage as a liminal and heterotopian practice: A study of alternative mode of living throughout the pilgrimage process
Zeinab Ghasemi Tari
University of Tehran, Iran
Hossein Nazari
University of Canterbury, UK
Of blood and blades: How the Western press (mis-) represent the Ashura rituals
Coffee break (3:50-4:00)
Shi‘i ritual practice: Iranian and Turkish (4:00-5:00)
Chair: Hamid Tehrani, The Islamic College, London, UK
Stefan Fa
University College, London, UK
Abbas Fanniasl
University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Iran
The city of Ardabil and its influence in Turkish Shi‘i devotion
Babak Rahimi
University of California, San Diego, USA
Techno-Muḥarram: The mourning soundscape and the Shi‘a public in post-revolutionary Iran
Art, architecture, and literature (5:00-6:20)
Chair: Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK
Frank Julian Gelli
London, UK
Intimations of the hidden Imam in the literary work of Jorge Luis Borges
Ali Faraj
University of Milan, Bicocca, Italy
A new Arabic amulet bowl from Eṣfahān with Persian inscriptions, Ali Reza Sedighifard Collection
Mohamed Ahmed Abd Elrahman
Fayoum University, Egypt
Turkish influences on architecture in the Zaydī Qāsimid state in Yemen
Research and Publications at The Islamic College (6:20-6:30)
Amina Inloes
The Islamic College, London, UK
Refreshments and registration (8:30-9:00)
Authority in Shi‘ism (9:00-10:50)
Chair: Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College, London, UK
Cameron Zargar
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
The authority of the Imāmi marājiʿ
Mohammadreza Kalantari
Royal Holloway University of London, UK
The 1080-year-old person: The clergy and the Shiʿi community
Syamsuddin Arif
Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought and Civilizations, Jakarta, Indonesia
Al-Azhar and Shi‘ism: Tolerance, opposition or ambivalence?
Coffee break (10:50-11:10)
Political theory and contemporary thought (11:10-1:00)
Chair: Amir Dastmalchian, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
The Islamic College, London, UK
Liyakat Takim
McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Shi‘ism and democracy
Ezra Tzfadya
Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany
Developing the political concept of theocracy: The case of velāyat-e faqīh and the Islamic Republic of Iran
Sayyid Fadhil Bahrululoom
London, UK
Al-Ākhūnd al-Khurāsānī and al-mashrūṭah (the Constitutionalist Movement)
Ali Paya
The Islamic College, London, UK
Justice and ethics as totipotent emergent properties: A critical rationalist perspective
Lunch (1:00-2:30)
Shi‘ism in South Asia (2:30-4:00)
Chair: Muhammad Zakaria, The Islamic College, London, UK
Khurshid Sana Khan
London, UK
Residential choice, collective action and identity affirmation of migrants in a metropolis: The case of Gilgit-Baltistan Ismailis in Karachi, Pakistan
Tayyaba Fatima
Govt. College Women University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Mohammad Obaid Aslam
Allama Iqbal Open University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Mystical philosophy in the light of Sufism and Vedantism
Mirza Abbas
The Islamic College, London, UK
The Quṭb Shāhī era and the contributions of Mīr Momin Astrābādī in the spread of Shi‘a Islam in the Deccan
Coffee break (4:00-4:20)
Shi‘ism worldwide (4:20-6:00)
Chair: Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK
Omar Bortolazzi
American University in Dubai, UAE
From disenfranchisement to wealth: The invention of a Shi‘i bourgeoisie in Lebanon between education, diaspora, remittances and neoliberal practices
Rabia Latif Khan
SOAS University of London, UK
Navigating identity: An overview of the Shi‘a Hazara community in London and the Midlands
Nour Tessie Jorgensen
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The study of Shi‘ism in Denmark
Karar Alsalemi
The Islamic College, London, UK
Mohammad Mesbahi
The Islamic College, London, UK
The role of supplementary schools in shaping the Islamic identity of Muslim youth
Closing address (6:00-6:30)
Mohammad Ali Shomali
Director of the Islamic Centre of England

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