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The Eighth Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

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Eighth Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

9-9:05 am Opening remarks by Dr Mohammed Ali Ismail, Director of Research and Publications at The Islamic College, London, UK

9:05-9:45 AM Keynote speech – ‘Digging for Subalterns: Safavid Ijāzāt as a Source on the “Periphery”’ Andrew Newman, Personal Chair of Islamic Studies and Persian, University of Edinburgh, UK

9:45-10:45 Session 1: Contemporary Shi‘i Thought

Chair: Mohammed Ali Ismail

Zain Alattar

University of California Berkeley, USA

Two Voices on Islamic Government: Ayatollah Khomeini and Shaykh Muḥammad Jawād Mughniyyah on the Structure and Duties of the Islamic State 

Bahman Khodadadi 

University of Münster, Germany 

Shi‘i Jurisprudential Perception and the Rule of the Judge in the Crucible of the Modern State: Problems and Perspectives 

Tim Orr

Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, USA

Gender Justice in Islam: A Critique of Ziba Mir-Hosseini’s Humanistic Ethic of Social Justice by Using Shi‘i Epistemological Assumptions


10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Session 2: Philosophy and the intellect 

Chair: Amir DeMartino

Saeid Sobhani

The Islamic College, London, UK

A Critical View on Sayyid Qub and the Status of Intellect (‘Aql)

Amina Inloes 

The Islamic College, London, UK

Artificial Intelligence and Islamic Theology: An Interview with ChatGPT

Mehdi Ali

University of Southern California, USA

Before “After Virtue”: The Philosophy of Muḥammad Bāqir al-Ṣadr


12:00-1:00 Session 3: Narrative studies

Chair: Amina Inloes

Rev Frank Gelli

Church of England 

A Deconstruction of Two Popular Western Fictional Narratives about Imam al-Mahdi, Contrasted with a Positive Literary Alternative

Reza John Vedadi

Loughborough University London, UK

How has the Shia Muslim identity been represented in Hollywood films since 1986? 


12:45-1:00 Student awards

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Session 4: Writings 

Chair: Hamid Tehrani

Mahdieh Tavakol 

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Travelling Manuscripts: A History of the Personal Library of Shaykh Bahāʾī 

Amir Mohammad and Hakimi Parsa 

New York University, USA

Shi‘i Mysticism in the Turkish Divan of Shah Ismāʿīl Khaṭāʾī 

Kasra Shiva

Independent researcher

The Rhetoric of Social Interdependency and Community Making: References to the Ikhwān al-Ṣafā in the Poetry of Nizārī Quhistānī 


3:00-4:00 Session 5: Regional studies

Chair: Amir Dastmalchian

Jaffer Mirza

King’s College London, UK

The Absence of British Shia Muslims in the Multicultural and Integration Literature 

Sher Muhammad

University of Karachi, Pakistan

Shia in Sindh: Its Roots, History, and Special Link to Mysticism 

Antonio Torres Fernández 

Independent researcher

When Sharia and Secularism Collide: Shi‘i Bektāshī Order’s Contribution to Turkey’s Modern Politics 


4:00-4:15 Break

4:15-5:15 Session 6: Intrafaith studies

Chair: Amir Dastmalchian

Berhat Cem Oner 

Independent researcher

The Imamate of ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib and the Fatimid Alids: A Comparison of the Doctrine of Imamate between the Zaydiyyah and the Imamiyyah

Sheikh Al Muatasim Said Al Maawali and Julia Katarina

Centre for Omani Studies at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman and University of Birmingham, UK; The Islamic College, London, UK

Akhlāq, Imāmah, Wilāyah: A Comparative Study of the Ibāḍī and Jaʿfarī Schools 

Shabbir Agha Abbas

University of Arizona, USA

Defining Twelver Islam


5:15 pm Closing address: Dr Isa Jahangir, Principal of The Islamic College, London, UK


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