Second International Conference on Shi’i Studies

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Papers Presented at the Second International Conference on Shi'i Studies 7-8 May 2016

10:30-11:30 – Panel 1
Session A: Qur’an & Hadith  Session B: Worldwide Islamic Heritage
Oliver Scharbrodt Translating Al-Kafi: How to Make a Classical Shi’i Text Accessible to 21st Century Readers  Emiko Stock  Lines Back to Ali, Roads Forward to Shi’ism: An Historical Anthropology of Cham Sayyids’ Trajectories from Cambodia to Iran
Vinay Khetia Devotional Literature and Practice in Twelver Shi‘ism: An Exploration of the Supplication of Kumayl ibn Ziyad as Attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib  Noor Zehra Zaidi “Our Vanished Lady”: Memory, Ritual, and Shi’a-Sunni Relations at Bibi Pak Daman
11:45-12:45 – Panel 2
Session A: Modern Thought Session B: Worldwide Islamic Heritage (continued)
Mohammed Ali Ismail A Comparative Study of Feminist and Traditional Shi‘i Approaches to Qur’anic Exegesis Ali Faraj Shi‘ite Manuscripts Collection in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana / Milano: Remarks on Kitab Ghurar al-Fawayid by Ash-Sharif al-Murtada
Ali Paya The Disenchantment of Reason: An Anti-rational Trend in Modern Shi‘i Thought – Tafkikis J. Shomali


Judaeo-Islamic Heritage
2:00-3:30 – Panel 3
Session A: Philosophy and Shi’ism Session B: Shi’ism in North America and Europe
Mohammad Hoseinzadeh Shi’a Philosophers and the Question of Criterion of Truth Jafar Ahmed A Study Examining Iraqi Immigrants: Has The Shi’a-Sunni Conflict Been Transferred to Canada?
Lucas Oro Hershtein The Meaning of Knowledge in Early Philosophical Shi’ism. A Comparative Analysis of the Kitab al-Yanabiʿ of Al-Sijistani and Its Neoplatonic Sources Abbas Aghdassi African American Twelver Shi’a Community of/in New York
Oliver Leaman Is Shi’i Philosophy a Useful Concept? Tahir Wasti and M. Mesbahi Muslim (Shi’a) Migration to Europe, and the Engagement of English and Islamic Laws
3:45-5:15 – Panel 4
Session A: Philosophy and Shi’ism (continued) Session B: Shi’ism in Nigeria
Ali Jafari The Perfect Man According to Sadra and Buddhism: A Comparative Study Sani Yakubu Adam Shi’a Processions and the Competition for Religious Public Space in Northern Nigeria 1994-2015
Seyed Amir Hossein Asghari Revelation and Philosophy: From Distinction to Equality. Study of the Maktab-i Tafkik and Their Opponents in the Contemporary Shi’a Seminary Kabiru Haruna Isa Sunni Literary Reaction to the Growth of Shi’a Ideology in Northern Nigeria
Javad Esmaeili Reason, Metaphysics, and Ayatollah Javadi Amoli
10:30-11:30 – Panel 5
Session A: Fiqh and Minorities Session B: Kalam
Liyakat Takim Fiqh for Minorities: Shi’i Law in the Diaspora Morteza Karimi The Narrations of Clay (

Tinat) and Their Analysis

Mahmoud Pargoo Making of a Textual Source for the Law: The Case of Ritual Impurity/Purity of the People of the Book in the Twelver Shi’ite Jurisprudence Valipoor and Daryabari A Critique of Prof. Amir-Moezzi’s Views on Messianic Teachings
11:45-1:15 – Panel 6
Session A: Multiple Voices Session B: Shi’ism in Pre-Modern Iran and Surrounding Regions
Abbas Mehregan Tradition of Multivocality among Shi’a ʿUlamaʾ Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed Where Is the Imam? The Returning Messiah in the Timurid Age
Aun Hasan Ali A New Approach to Twelver Shi’ism Alberto Tiburcio Urquiola The Polemical Work of Ali Quli Jadid al-Islam in the Context of European Missionaries to Safavid Iran
Qasem Mohammadi Shrinkage of the Scope of Ijtihad in Shi‘a Jurisprudence and Its Reasons  Ezra Tzfadya  19th Century Ideological Foundations of the Islamic Revolution
2:30-4:00 – Panel 7
Session A: Socio-Political Issues Session B: Contemporary Iran
Ed Hayes The Fiscal Authority of the Imams: Analyzing

ImamicJurisprudential Statements on Khums and Zakat

Hossein Nazari The Mad Muslim Mob: De/Mythologizing Iran
Mahdi Mojtahedi The Military Conduct of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali: Examining Their Use of Water Resources Mersedeh Dadmohammadi Analysis of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
Mahdieh Mohammadi Araghi & Mahmoud Mohammadi Araghi An Analysis of Shahid Sadr’s Method: Discovering Islamic Economic Doctrine from Islamic Economic Laws and Its Broader Application Sarah Scio Iranian Women: Between Tradition and Modernity
4:00-4:20 – Panel 8
Abbott Timothy
4:20-4:50 Closing address by Dr. M. A. Shomali