The Fifth Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

Fifth Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

27-28 April 2019

Panel: Shi‘ism, Judaism, and Christianity

Chaired by Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK

Twelver Shi‘ism and rabbinic Judaism: Towards a comparison Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky, USA
Shi‘a-Jewish interreligious dialogue: Developing historically conscious, philosophical conversations in difficult times. Ezra Tzfadya, Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany
Contemporary developments and directions in Catholic-Shi‘a Dialogue Zachary Candy, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

Panel: Qur’an and Hadith: New questions

Chaired by Amir DeMartino, The Islamic College, London, UK

Is tafsīr ʿaqlī a method in Qur’anic exegesis? Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College, London, UK
Sacred botany of the ‘alam al-mithal: A survey of harmal from the Vedas to the Shi‘a Imami traditions Gianni Izzo, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
Crisis management from the perspective of the Qur’an: Contemporary theories and Shi‘i scholars’ interpretations Jalal Fairooz, International University of Islamic Sciences, London, UK

Panel: Texts and readings: Early classical

Chaired by Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College, London, UK

Discovery of the Kitab al-Asrar ascribed to the first Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Mahdī: Its ramifications Ismail K. Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Religion on the archetype of Creation: Exploring Inductive Reasoning in the Discourses of Al -Mu’ayyad fi al-Din al-Shirazi Mustafa Yousuf Roker, Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Karachi, Pakistan and Goldsmiths University, London, UK
The literary alliance: A stylistic analysis of Nasir Khusraw’s confession-ode and Dai al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi’s panegyrics for Caliph-Imam al Mustansir Dawood Mirza, Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Karachi, Pakistan
The Hermeneutics of al-Sharif al-Murtada (d. 436/1044) in the Interpretation of akhbar al-ahad in his Ghurar al-Fawa’id wa-Durar al-Qala’id Ali Aghaei, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany

Panel: Isma‘ili experience and expression

Chaired by Hamid Tehrani, The Islamic College, London, UK

Panj-Tani tradition: A set of beliefs and practices of the Shi‘i Ismailis of Badakhshan Abdulmamad Iloliev, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK
In praise of the ahl al-bayt: Poetic expressions from early modern Badakhshan Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK
The mirage of equal educational access and the saga of Shi‘a Hazara’s participation in Kankor (university entrance exam) in Afghanistan Khurshid Sana Khan, London, UK and BRAC, Bangladesh

Panel: Qur’an and Hadith: Interpretations and sources

Chaired by Amina Inloes, The Islamic College, London, UK

Moses’ Meeting with God on Mount Sinai Safdar Razi Master, University of Lund, Sweden and Alqaem Institute for Advanced Studies, Sweden
Sulaym ibn Qays in the Sunni Kutub al-Sittah Alistair Key, Manchester, UK

Panel: Philosophy

Chaired by Hamid Tehrani, The Islamic College, London, UK

Comparative analysis of Heidegger and Mulla Sadra on the conception of being and human existence Syed Alam Shah, University of Karachi, Pakistan
Is action part of thinking? A critical comment concerning critical rationalism Seyed Ehsan Shahrestani, International Colleges of Islamic Science, London, UK
Fourfold journey of the unshackled caveman and Asfar Arba‘ah of the mystic philosopher: The Plato-Sadra metaphysical affinity Abdul Rahim Afaki, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Panel: Contemporary religious authority

Chaired by Amir DeMartino, The Islamic College, London, UK

The role of Ayatollah Sistani in the political process and the restructuring of the Iraqi governance system Mohammad Mesbahi, The Islamic College, London, UK

Hayder Khoei, The Islamic College, London, UK

The life, scholarship and achievements of Ayatollah al-Uzma Sayyid Muhammad Hasan al-Shirazi (d. 1895) (popularly known as Mirza Shirazi) Sayyid Fadhil Bahrululoom, Alridha Foundation, London, UK
The political influence of the Najafi marja‘iyyah in contemporary Iraq: The role of Friday midday prayer sermons in 2014 Yousif Al-Hilli, University of Birmingham, UK
Ijtihad and progression in Shi‘i Islam Khairunnisa Aga, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Panel: Shi‘ism in practice

Chaired by Ayub Rashid, The Islamic College, London, UK

Fighting for ‘justice’, engaging the Other: Shi‘a Muslim activism on campus Emanuelle Degli Esposti, University of Cambridge, UK
Following ahl al-bayt in the land of coffee and sugarcane: Shi‘i communities in Brazil Sergio Moya Mena, University of Costa Rica
The social and psychological dimensions of parenting in Shi‘i Islam Shahnaaz Alidina, York University, Toronto, Canada

Panel: Shi‘ism and the West

Chaired by Ayub Rashid, The Islamic College, London, UK

The study of Shi‘ism in Islamic studies: A review of the field Fizza Joffrey, University of Toronto, Canada
Modernity through the gaze of the early Shi‘a travellers to England: A critical assessment Ali Paya, The Islamic College, London, UK
Danish Shi‘is’ attitudes towards mosques Nour Jørgensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark