SHI’I STUDIES CONFERENCE: 7-8 MAY 2016 / Islamic College


Shafaqna –  The Islamic College will hold a conference on Shia Studies (7 – 8 May).

The preliminary schedule for each day of the conference is:

Saturday (7 May 2016)

9:30-10:00 – Registration, coffee

10:00-10:30 – Opening talks

Introduction and logistics – Amina Inloes, Journal of Shiʿa Islamic Studies
Opening ceremony – Dr. M. A. Shomali

10:30-12:45 – Panel 1

Session A: Qur’an & Hadith
Chaired by Amina Inloes

• Translating Al-Kāfī: How to Make a Classical Shiʿi Text Accessible to Twenty-First Century Readers
Oliver Scharbrodt (University of Chester, UK)

• Devotional Literature and Practice in Twelver Shiʿism: An Exploration of the Supplication of Kumayl ibn Ziyād as Attributed to ʿAlī ibn Abi Ṭālib
Vinay Khetia (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

• A Comparative Study of Feminist and Traditional Shiʿi Approaches to Qurʾanic Exegesis
Mohammed Ali Ismail (The Islamic College, London, UK)

• The Shiʿa Manuscripts Collection in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milano: Remarks onKitāb Ghurar al-Fawāʾid by al-Sharīf al-Murtaḍā
Ali Faraj (University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy and Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy)

Session B: Worldwide Islamic heritage
Chaired by Muhammad James

• Lines Back to ʿAli, Roads Forward to Shiʿism: An Historical Anthropology of Cham Sayyids’ Trajectories from Cambodia to Iran
Emiko Stock (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)

• ‘Our Vanished Lady’: Memory, Ritual, and Shiʿa-Sunni Relations at Bībī Pāk Dāmān
Noor Zehra Zaidi (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA)

• Judaeo-Islamic Heritage
M. J. Shomali (University of Cambridge, UK)

12:45-2 – Lunch

2:00-4:30 – Panel 2

Session A: Philosophy and Shi’ism
Chaired by Amir Dastmalchian

• Is Shi’i Philosophy a Useful Concept?
Oliver Leaman (University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA)

• Redemption through knowledge: The Metaphysics of Causality in the Kitāb al-Yanābīʿ of Abū Yaʿqūb al-Sijistānī
Lucas Oro Hershtein (University of Buenos Aires, National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina)

• Revelation and Philosophy: From Distinction to Equality. Study of the Maktab-i Tafkīk and their opponents in contemporary Shiʿa Seminary
SeyedAmirHossein Asghari (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)

• The Disenchantment of Reason: An Anti-Rational Trend in Modern Shi‘i Thought – The Tafkikis
Ali Paya (The Islamic College, London, UK and University of Westminster, London, UK

• Tradition of Multivocality among Shiʿa Ulema
Abbas Mehregan (University of Cologne, Germany)

Session B: Shiʿi Minorities
Chaired by Amina Inloes

• A Study Examining Iraqi Immigrants: Has the Shiʿa-Sunni Conflict Been Transferred to Ottawa, Canada?
Jafar A. Ahmad (School of Peace and Conflict Management, Royal Roads University, Canada)

• The African-American Twelver Shiʿa Community of New York (via Skype)
Abbas Aghdassi (University of Tehran, Iran; Visiting Research Scholar, Sociology Department, City University of New York, USA)

• Muslim (Shia) Migration to Europe, and the Engagement of English and Islamic Laws
Tahir Wasti and M. Mesbahi (The Islamic College, London, UK)

• Sunni Literary Reaction to the Growth of Shiʿa Ideology in Northern Nigeria
Kabiru Haruna Isa (Department of History, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria)

• Shiʿa Processions and the Competition for Religious Public Space in Northern Nigeria 1994-2015
Sani Yakubu Adam (presented by Kabiru Haruna Isa) (Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria)

4:30-5:00 – Closing

Sunday (8 May 2016)

9:30-10:00 – Coffee and announcements

10:00-11:30 – Panel 3

Session A: Diversity in Fiqh Views
Chaired by Amina Inloes

Fiqh for Minorities: Shiʿi Law in the Diaspora
Liyakat Takim (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

• Making of a Textual Source for the Law: the Case of Ritual (Im)purity of the People of the Book in the Twelver Shiʿa Jurisprudence (via Skype)
Mahmoud Pargoo (Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia)

• The Fiscal Authority of the Imams: Analyzing Imamic Jurisprudential Statements onKhums and Zakāt
Ed Hayes (Colby College, Maine, USA)

Session B: Virtual presentations from the hawzah

• An Analysis of Shahīd Ṣadr’s Method: Discovering Islamic Economic Doctrine from Islamic Economic Laws and its Broader Applications
Mahdieh Mohammadi Araghi (University of Allameh Tabataba’i, Tehran, Iran) and Mahmud Mohammadi Araghi (Hawzah ‘Ilmiyyah, Tehran, Iran)

• The Narrations about Clay (Ṭīnat)
Morteza Karimi (University of Tehran, Iran and International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qom, Iran)

• Shi‘a Philosophers and the Question of the Criterion of Truth
Mahdi Hosseinzadeh Yazdi (University of Tehran, Iran)

11:30-11:45 – Break

11:45-12:45 – Panel 4
Pre-Modern Shiʿism
Chaired by Prof. Ali Paya

• Where is the Imām? The Returning Messiah in the Tīmūrid Age
Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed (Stanford University, California, USA)

• The Polemical Work of ʿAli Qulī Jadīd al-Islām in the Context of European Missionaries to Safavid Iran
Alberto Tiburcio (McGill University (alumnus), Montréal, Quebec, Canada)

12:45-2:00 Lunch

2:00-4:00 – Panel 5

Shiʿism in Modern Iran
Chaired by Prof. Ali Paya

• 19th Century Ideological Foundations of the Islamic Revolution
Ezra Tzfadya (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

• The Mad Muslim Mob: De/Mythologizing Iran (via Skype)
Hossein Nazari (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)

• Analysis of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
Mersedeh Dad Mohammadi (University of Chester, UK)

• Iranian Women: Between Tradition and Modernity (via Skype)
Sarah Scio’ (University of Perugia, Italy)

4:00-4:30 Shi’as and Benedictines by Abbott Timothy

4:30-5:00 Closing address by Dr. Isa Jahangir


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