SHAFAQNA-Islamic Thought Academic Nahjul Balagha Conference 2012 took place in Peterborough on 30th September 2012. This academic conference explored in depth the wide-ranging themes of faith, humanity and politics in the sermons, letters and sayings of Imam Ali contained within Nahjul Balagha. This conference aimed to stimulate research and discussions pertaining to the influence of his teachings in the era in which he lived, and their practical applicability in challenging issues in the modern world. For further details visit www.islamicthought.co.uk Dr Rebecca Masterton delivered a presentation of her paper titled: Humanity in Nahjul Balagha. Dr Rebecca Masterton graduated with a PhD in Islamic mystical literature of West Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is Senior Lecturer at the Islamic College, teaching on both Islamic and Western Mysticism and has also lectured at other institutes, such as Birkbeck College. She has combined research and writing for academic journals with working in media, presenting for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Press TV and Ahlulbayt TV. Her research interests include the Shi’i roots of Islamic mysticism; comparative literature and comparative philosophy. She has also published a collection of short stories entitled ‘Passing Through the Dream…’.
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