The Fourth International Conference on Shi’i Studies


Registration for attending the Fourth International Conference on Shi’i Studies 2018 is now open.

The Islamic College | 5-6 May 2018

8:30-9:00 Refreshments and registration
9:00-9:30 Introductory address

 

Mohammed Ali Ismail

Director of Research and Publications

The Islamic College, London, UK

 

Isa Jahangir

Chair of Board of Trustees

The Islamic College, London, UK

9:30-10:50 Qur’an Studies

Chair: 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

10:50-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-1:00 Texts: Past and Present

Chair: 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, Rome, Italy

 

Shi‘i fiqh manuals (risālah ʿamaliyyah): Past and present

Sayed Hossein Al Qazwini

Karbala, Iraq

1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-3:50 Shi‘i ritual practice: Ashura and Arbaʿīn

Chair: 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

3:50-4:10 Coffee break
4:10-5:10 Shi‘i ritual practice: Iranian and Turkish

Chair: 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

5:10-6:10 Art and literature

Chair: 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

 

6:10-6:30 Research and Publications at The Islamic College

 

Amina Inloes

The Islamic College, London, UK

8:30-9:00 Refreshments and registration
9:00-10:50 Authority in Shi‘ism

Chair: Mohammed Ali Ismail

The Islamic College, London, UK

 

The authority of the Imāmi marājiʿ

Cameron Zargar

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

 

The 1080-year-old person: The clergy and the Shiʿi community

Mohammadreza Kalantari

Royal Holloway University of London, UK

 

Kamāl al-Ḥaydarī

Ahmed Chehab

University of Detroit Mercy, USA

 

Al-Azhar and Shi‘ism: Tolerance, opposition or ambivalence?

Syamsuddin Arif

Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought and Civilizations, Jakarta, Indonesia

10:50-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-1:00 Political theory and contemporary thought

Chair: Amir Dastmalchian

Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

The Islamic College, London, UK

 

Shi‘ism and democracy

Liyakat Takim

McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

 

Developing the political concept of theocracy: The case of velāyat-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

1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-4:00 Shi‘ism in South Asia

Chair: 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 Astrābādī in the spread of Shi‘a Islam in the Deccan

Mirza Abbas

The Islamic College, London, UK

 

4:00-4:20 Coffee break
4:20-6:00 Shi‘ism worldwide

Chair: 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

 

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

6:00-6:30 Closing address

Mohammad Ali Shomali

Director of the Islamic Centre of England

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