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 ScharbrodtTranslating 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 KhetiaDevotional 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 ThoughtSession B: Worldwide Islamic Heritage (continued)
Mohammed Ali IsmailA Comparative Study of Feminist and Traditional Shi‘i Approaches to Qur’anic ExegesisAli FarajShi‘ite Manuscripts Collection in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana / Milano: Remarks on Kitab Ghurar al-Fawayid by Ash-Sharif al-Murtada
Ali PayaThe Disenchantment of Reason: An Anti-rational Trend in Modern Shi‘i Thought – TafkikisJ. Shomali


Judaeo-Islamic Heritage
2:00-3:30 – Panel 3
Session A: Philosophy and Shi’ismSession B: Shi’ism in North America and Europe
Mohammad HoseinzadehShi’a Philosophers and the Question of Criterion of TruthJafar AhmedA Study Examining Iraqi Immigrants: Has The Shi’a-Sunni Conflict Been Transferred to Canada?
Lucas Oro HershteinThe Meaning of Knowledge in Early Philosophical Shi’ism. A Comparative Analysis of the Kitab al-Yanabiʿ of Al-Sijistani and Its Neoplatonic SourcesAbbas AghdassiAfrican American Twelver Shi’a Community of/in New York
Oliver LeamanIs Shi’i Philosophy a Useful Concept?Tahir Wasti and M. MesbahiMuslim (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 JafariThe Perfect Man According to Sadra and Buddhism: A Comparative StudySani Yakubu AdamShi’a Processions and the Competition for Religious Public Space in Northern Nigeria 1994-2015
Seyed Amir Hossein AsghariRevelation and Philosophy: From Distinction to Equality. Study of the Maktab-i Tafkik and Their Opponents in the Contemporary Shi’a SeminaryKabiru Haruna IsaSunni Literary Reaction to the Growth of Shi’a Ideology in Northern Nigeria
Javad EsmaeiliReason, Metaphysics, and Ayatollah Javadi Amoli
10:30-11:30 – Panel 5
Session A: Fiqh and MinoritiesSession B: Kalam
Liyakat TakimFiqh for Minorities: Shi’i Law in the DiasporaMorteza KarimiThe Narrations of Clay (

Tinat) and Their Analysis

Mahmoud PargooMaking of a Textual Source for the Law: The Case of Ritual Impurity/Purity of the People of the Book in the Twelver Shi’ite JurisprudenceValipoor and DaryabariA Critique of Prof. Amir-Moezzi’s Views on Messianic Teachings
11:45-1:15 – Panel 6
Session A: Multiple VoicesSession B: Shi’ism in Pre-Modern Iran and Surrounding Regions
Abbas MehreganTradition of Multivocality among Shi’a ʿUlamaʾTanvir Akhtar AhmedWhere Is the Imam? The Returning Messiah in the Timurid Age
Aun Hasan AliA New Approach to Twelver Shi’ismAlberto Tiburcio UrquiolaThe Polemical Work of Ali Quli Jadid al-Islam in the Context of European Missionaries to Safavid Iran
Qasem MohammadiShrinkage 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 IssuesSession B: Contemporary Iran
Ed HayesThe Fiscal Authority of the Imams: Analyzing

ImamicJurisprudential Statements on Khums and Zakat

Hossein NazariThe Mad Muslim Mob: De/Mythologizing Iran
Mahdi MojtahediThe Military Conduct of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali: Examining Their Use of Water ResourcesMersedeh DadmohammadiAnalysis of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
Mahdieh Mohammadi Araghi & Mahmoud Mohammadi AraghiAn Analysis of Shahid Sadr’s Method: Discovering Islamic Economic Doctrine from Islamic Economic Laws and Its Broader ApplicationSarah ScioIranian Women: Between Tradition and Modernity
4:00-4:20 – Panel 8
Abbott Timothy
4:20-4:50 Closing address by Dr. M. A. Shomali