The Second Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

Second Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

7-8 May 2016

Panel: Qur’an and Hadith

Chaired by Amina Inloes

Translating Al-Kāfī: How to Make a Classical Shi‘i Text Accessible to Twenty-

First Century Readers

Oliver Scharbrodt, University of Chester, UK
Devotional Literature and Practice in Twelver Shi‘ism: An Exploration of the Supplication of Kumayl ibn Ziyād as Attributed to ʿAlī ibn Abi Ṭālib Vinay Khetia, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
A Comparative Study of Feminist and Traditional Shi‘i Approaches to Qurʾanic Exegesis Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College, London, UK
The Shi‘a Manuscripts Collection in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milano: Remarks on Kitāb Ghurar al-Fawāʾid by al-Sharīf al-Murtaḍā Ali Faraj, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy and Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy

Panel: Worldwide Islamic Heritage

Chaired by Muhammad James

Lines Back to ʿAli, Roads Forward to Shi‘ism: An Historical Anthropology of Cham Sayyids’ Trajectories from Cambodia to Iran Emiko Stock, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
‘Our Vanished Lady’: Memory, Ritual, and Shi‘a-Sunni Relations at Bībī Pāk Dāmān Noor Zehra Zaidi, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Judaeo-Islamic Heritage M. J. Shomali, University of Cambridge, UK

Panel: Philosophy and Shi‘ism

Chaired by Amir Dastmalchian

Is Shi‘i Philosophy a Useful Concept? Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA
Redemption through Knowledge: The Metaphysics of Causality in the Kitāb al-Yanābīʿ of Abū Yaʿqūb al-Sijistānī Lucas Oro Hershtein, University of Buenos Aires, National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina
Revelation and Philosophy: From Distinction to Equality. Study of the Maktab-i Tafkīk and their opponents in the Contemporary Shi‘a Seminary SeyedAmirHossein Asghari, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
The Disenchantment of Reason: An Anti-Rational Trend in Modern Shi‘i Thought – The Tafkikis Ali Paya, The Islamic College, London, UK and University of Westminster, London, UK
Tradition of Multivocality among Shi‘a Ulema


Abbas Mehregan, University of Cologne, Germany

Panel: Shi‘i Minorities

Chaired by Amina Inloes

A Study Examining Iraqi Immigrants: Has the Shi‘a-Sunni Conflict Been Transferred to Ottawa, Canada? Jafar A. Ahmad, School of Peace and Conflict Management, Royal Roads University, Canada
The African-American Twelver Shi‘a Community of New York


Abbas Aghdassi, University of Tehran, Iran; Visiting Research Scholar, Sociology Department, City University of New York, USA
Muslim (Shi‘a) Migration to Europe, and the Engagement of English and Islamic Laws


M. Mesbahi, The Islamic College, London, UK

Tahir Wasti, The Islamic College, London, UK

Sunni Literary Reaction to the Growth of Shi‘a Ideology in Northern Nigeria Kabiru Haruna Isa, Department of History, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
Shi‘a Processions and the Competition for Religious Public Space in Northern Nigeria 1994-2015


Sani Yakubu Adam (presented by Kabiru Haruna Isa), Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria


Panel: Diversity in Fiqh

Chaired by Amina Inloes

Fiqh for Minorities: Shi‘i Law in the Diaspora Liyakat Takim, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Making of a Textual Source for the Law: the Case of Ritual (Im)purity of the People of the Book in the Twelver Shi‘a Jurisprudence Mahmoud Pargoo, Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia
The Fiscal Authority of the Imams: Analyzing Imamic Jurisprudential Statements on Khums and Zakāt Ed Hayes, Colby College, Maine, USA

Panel: Virtual Presentations from the Hawzah

Chaired by Amina Inloes

An Analysis of Shahīd Ṣadr’s Method: Discovering Islamic Economic Doctrine from Islamic Economic Laws and its Broader Application Mahdieh Mohammadi Araghi, University of Allameh Tabataba’i, Tehran, Iran


Mahmud Mohammadi Araghi, Hawzah ‘Ilmiyyah, Tehran, Iran

The Narrations about Clay (Ṭīnat) Morteza Karim, University of Tehran, Iran and International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qom, Iran
Shi‘a Philosophers and the Question of the Criterion of Truth Mahdi Hosseinzadeh Yazdi, University of Tehran, Iran

Panel: Pre-Modern Shi‘ism

Chaired by Ali Paya

Where is the Imām? The Returning Messiah in the Tīmūrid Age Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed, Stanford University, California, USA
The Polemical Work of ʿAli Qulī Jadīd al-Islām in the Context of European Missionaries to Safavid Iran Alberto Tiburcio, McGill University (alumnus), Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Panel: Shi‘ism in Modern Iran

Chaired by Ali Paya

Nineteenth Century Ideological Foundations of the Islamic Revolution Ezra Tzfadya, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
The Mad Muslim Mob: De/Mythologizing Iran Hossein Nazari, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Analysis of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis Mersedeh Dad Mohammadi, University of Chester, UK
Iranian Women: Between Tradition and Modernity Sarah Scio’, University of Perugia, Italy


Shi‘as and Benedictines Abbott Timothy