The Third International Conference on Shi‘i Studies

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Papers Presented at the Third International Conference on Shi'i Studies 6-7 May 2017

8:30-9:00: Refreshments and registration

9:00-9:30: Introductory address (Shaykh Mohammed Ali Ismail, Director of Research and Publications, and Dr Amina Inloes, Research and Publications)

Contemporary issues (9:30-11:00)
Regina Rowland

West Oxfordshire, UK


Fahimeh Mokhber

Islamic Azad University, Iran

Reconstituting the Muslim ummah: The disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of a new thinking on Islam
Oliver Leaman

University of Kentucky, USA

Is there a distinctive medical ethics in Shi‘a Islam?
Sayed Hossein Al Qazwini

Karbala, Iraq

The influence of time and place on an Islamic ruling
11:00-11:15: Coffee break
Intrafaith identity: Dynamics and demographics (11:15-12:45)
Seyfeddin Kara

Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, USA

Understanding the causes of sectarian tension in the Muslim world
Yaghoob Foroutan

University of Waikato, New Zealand & Mazandaran University, Iran

A demographic perspective on Shi‘a- Sunni comparison: Patterns and differentials
Mashal Saif

Clemson University, South Carolina USA

Seeking security: Pakistan’s Shi‘a ulema and their state

Lunch: 12:45-2:00 pm

Shi‘ism worldwide (2:00-3:20)
Paulino R. RoblesGil Cozzi

College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Shi‘is in Qatar: The paradoxes of coexistence in a modern Salafi state
Nada Al-Hudaid

University of Manchester, UK

Mourning through Art: Shia in Kuwait and their Art Movement
Sergio Moya Mena

National University, Costa Rica

Not far from Karbala: Shi‘i communities in the Colombian Pacific
3:20-3:30: Coffee break
Classical texts and exegesis (3:30-5:00)
Ismail Poonawala

Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

The chronology of al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān’s works
Ali Paya

The Islamic College, UK

A critical assessment of ʿAllamāh Ṭabāṭabāʾī’s methodological approach and methods of interpretation in his magnum opus, Tafsīr al-Mizān, from a critical rationalist point of view
Mohammed Ali Ismail

The Islamic College, London, UK

Classification of methods used by Shi‘i exegetes of the Qur’an
8:45-9:15: Refreshments and registration

9:15-9:30: Opening address

Intersections: East and West (9:30-10:20) Philosophy and mysticism (to be confirmed)
Ali H. al-Hakim

The Islamic College, London, UK


Asghar Montazerolghaem

University of Isfahan, Iran

The role of the Shi‘i Imams in the revival of divine leadership
Mohammad Javad Shomali

University of Cambridge, UK


Islamic ethics and moral psychology
10:20-10:30 Coffee break
Knowledge, authority, and philosophy (10:30-12:00) Shi‘ism worldwide: Nigeria (to be confirmed)
Zackery Heern

Idaho State University, USA

Three sources of Shi‘i knowledge and authority: Continuity and

change in Islamic intellectual history


Zaharaddeen Sulaiman

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina,


Interaction and Identity Construction: The Shiites in Katsina City, northern Nigeria
Revd Frank Julian Gelli

London, UK

Philosophy: diabolical science or valid part of religious thought? A comparison between the views of the Shafiʿi Writer Ibn al-Salah al-Shahrazuri and the Shi‘i Thinker ʿAllāmah Ṭabāṭabāʾī
12:00-12:10 Coffee break
Shiʿism worldwide: Europe and the United States ( 12:10-1:00)
Khosrow Tajbakhsh

The Islamic College, London, UK


Who, where, what am I? The identity of Shi‘a Muslims in Britain.
Liyakat Takim

McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada


Preserving or extending boundaries: The Black Shi‘is of America
 Shi‘ism Worldwide: Iran (2:15-3:15)
Lloyd Ridgeon

University of Glasgow, Scotland


The hijab controversy in modern Iran
Maria Lindqvist

Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

Neighbours of Fatimah: Conceptualizations of shariʿah among female Shi‘i intellectuals in Qom
3:15-3:30: Coffee break
Education (3:30-5:00) Biographical and Manuscript Research (to be confirmed)
Khurshid Sana Khan

London, UK

The Ismaʿili religious education system of Baitul Ilm and the development of interpersonal skills among the internal migrants of Gilgit-Baltistan in Karachi, Pakistan Ali M. Tarafdari & Saeed Tavoosi Masroor


National Library & Archives, Tehran, Iran

A research on the date and place of birth of Imam Sajjād
Yahia Baiza

The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK

Authority, identity and pluralism in modern Ismaʿili religious education: A critique M. Maddahi

Al-Mustafa International University, Qom, Iran


A Study on the origin of the title ‘Abū Turāb’
Anis Kotia

Middlesex University, London, UK

Challenges facing the Shi‘a community in developing a history syllabus for free schools
5:00-5:30: Closing address (Dr M. A. Shomali, Director of the Islamic Centre of England)