The First Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

First Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

Shi‘i Studies: Past and Present

9 May 2015

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