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The Fourth Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

Fourth Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies
5-6 May 2017
Panel: Qur’an Studies
The Qur’an between the past and the present: A search for response
Yahya Baiza, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK
A comparative study of Biblical and Qur’anic methods of exegesis
Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College, London, UK
Panel: Texts: Past and Present
Chaired by Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK
Was ʿĀmir b. ʿĀmir al-Baṣrī an Ismāʿīlī as claimed by some scholars, or was he an unorthodox Twelver Shīʿī Ṣūfī who had gone through a phase of mystical union with the Divine?
Ismail Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Formulations of Imami scriptural knowledge in Shi‘i texts before and after the ghaybah
Dominique Sirgy, Yale University, USA
The Zaynab-Ziyād dialogues: Constructing a Zaynabian theology at the level of the texts
Christopher Clohessy, Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic studies
Shi‘i fiqh manuals (risālah ʿamaliyyah): Past and present
Sayed Hossein Al Qazwini, Karbala, Iraq
Panel: Shi‘i ritual practice: Ashura and Arbaʿīn
Chaired by Amir DeMartino, The Islamic College, London, UK
The nature of the commemoration of Ashura in Iraq pre- and post-2003
Jafar Ahmad, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
The Arbaʿīn pilgrimage as a liminal and heterotopian practice: A study of alternative mode of living throughout the pilgrimage process
Mohammad Nasravi, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Of blood and blades: How the Western press (mis-) represent the Ashura rituals
Zeinab Ghasemi Tari, University of Tehran, Iran
Panel: Shi‘i ritual practice: Iranian and Turkish
Chaired by Hamid Tehrani, The Islamic College, London, UK
The city of Ardabil and its influence in Turkish Shi‘i Devotion
Stefan Fa, University College, London, UK
Techno-Muḥarram: The mourning soundscape and the Shi‘a public in post-revolutionary Iran
Babak Rahimi, University of California, San Diego, USA
Panel: Art and literature
Chaired by Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK
Intimations of the hidden Imam in the literary work of Jorge Luis Borges
Frank Julian Gelli, London, UK
A new Arabic amulet bowl from Eṣfahān with Persian inscriptions, Ali Reza Sedighifard Collection
Ali Faraj, University of Milan, Bicocca, Italy
Turkish influences on architecture in the Zaydī Qāsimid state in Yemen
Mohamed Ahmed Abd Elrahman, Fayoum University, Egypt
Panel: Shi‘ism in South Asia
Chaired by Muhammad Zakaria, The Islamic College, London, UK
case of Gilgit-Baltistan Ismailis in Karachi, Pakistan
Khurshid Sana Khan, London, UK
Mystical philosophy in the light of Sufism and Vedantism
Tayyaba Fatima, Govt. College Women University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
The Quṭb Shāhī era and the contributions of Mīr Momin Astarābādī in the spread of Shi‘a Islam in the Deccan
Mirza Abbas
Panel: Shi‘ism worldwide
Chaired by Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK
From disenfranchisement to wealth: The invention of a Shi‘i bourgeoisie in Lebanon between education, diaspora, remittances and neoliberal practices
Omar Bortolazzi, American University in Dubai, UAE
Navigating identity: An overview of the Shi‘a Hazara community in London and the
Rabia Latif Khan, SOAS University of London, UK
The study of Shi‘ism in Denmark
Nour Tessie Jorgensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Navigating identity: An overview of the Shi‘a Hazara community in London and the
Karar Alsalemi, The Islamic College, London, UK
Muslim youth
Mohammad Mesbahi, The Islamic College, London, UK


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