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The First Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

First Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies
Shi‘i Studies: Past and Present
Panel: Shi‘ism and Modern Education
Why would Adherents to Islam Study Theological Studies to Obtain a Secular Qualification?
Mohammad Mesbahi, The Islamic College, London, UK
Religious Authority of the Imam and Educational Choices of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Isma‘ilis in Karachi, Pakistan
Khurshid Sana Khan, London, UK
The Study of Shi‘ite Islam in North American Universities
Liyakat Takim, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Panel: Approaches towards Shi‘ism in the Western Academy
An Evaluation of the Approach of the Western Academia to the Shi‘a Sources Related to the History of the Text of the Qur’an
Seyfeddin Kara, University of Durham, Durham, UK
Can Contemporary Shi‘ite Studies be released from the Hegemony of Orientalism? A Case Study of Professor Henry Corbin
Hossein Kalbasi Ashtari, ‘Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran
The Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’ and Western Scholarship – A Critical Evaluation of S. M. Stern and Wilferd Madelung’s Contributions
Ismail Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Panel: Shi‘ism and Traditional Studies
The Salihiyyah School in Qazvin and Shi‘i Religious Authority (with an emphasis on scholars from the Baraghani family)
Isa Jahangir, The Islamic College, London, UK
Philosophy and Shi‘ism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA
Panel: Shi‘ism, Anthropology, and Ritual Practice
Anthropology, Shi‘ism, and Shi‘i Studies: An Overview of Entanglements, Contributions, and Possibilities
Mohammad Reza Hashemitaba, Rice University, USA
Marja‘iyyah from Below. Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religious Authority.
Thomas Brandt Fibiger, Aarhus University, Denmark
Texts, Interpretation, and Commemorating Imam Husayn
Samer El-Karanshawy, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Doha, Qatar
Panel: Shi‘ism in a Minority Environment
For the Love of Ahl-Bayt: Transcending Sunni-Shi‘i Sectarian Allegiance
Siti Sarah Muwahidah, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
The Right to Offence, the Right to Shiaphobia
Shereen Yousuf, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
Institutionalization of Shi‘ism in Turkey and Current Problems
Abdülkadir Yeler, Istanbul, Turkey


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