The Seventh Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

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8:30 am – 8:45 am

Registration for in-person attendees

8:45 – 8:50

Opening remarks by Dr Mohammed Ali Ismail, Director of Research and Publications at The Islamic College

8:50 – 9:00

Opening address by Seyed Hashem Moosavi, Director of Hawza Ilmiyya of England

9:00 – 10:00

Panel: Interfaith and Intrafaith Studies

Chaired by Amina Inloes

Q. 9: 28 and its Role in Sunni/Shi‘a Polemics Oliver Leaman, Accademia Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy
American Shia Muslim Interfaith Engagement: How Shia Muslims Can Achieve Peaceful Coexistence with American Evangelicals Tim Orr, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, USA
Nader Shah’s Ja‘fari Madhhab: Shi‘i-Sunni Reconciliation in an Imperial Context Mohammad Amir Hakimi Parsa, SOAS, London, UK

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 – 1:00

Panel: Theology, History, and Sacred Texts

Chaired by Amir DeMartino

Inscriptions As a New Source in Ismaili History Karim Javan, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK
The Unknowable Lord Has Manifested: Quiddity of Deity Between Divine Immanence, and Divine Transcendence, within the Ismaili Ginān Stephen Cúrto, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
The Prophetic Sīrah through the Qurʿānic Paradigm: A Case Study of the Battle of Uḥud Zoheir Ali Esmail, London, UK
Quranic Verses Shaping Djem and False Perception of Alevism in the Society Birul Topuz, Potsdam, Germany
A Mobile and Invisible Religion: The Kizilbash (Alevi) Belief System in Dersim Cevat Dargin, Princeton, USA

1:00 – 2:00


2:00 – 3:45

Panel: Film, Theatre, Literature, and Social Media

Chaired by Amir Dastmalchian

How does the Hollywood film Dune present the Mahdi through a secular humanist lens? Reza John Vedadi, Loughborough University, London
A Tale of Harmony in Different Contexts: Premchand’s Theatrical Adaptation of the Epic of Karbala Anuran Dasgupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
The Holy Grail, Islam, and Imam ‘Ali Frank Gelli, Church of England
Shi‘a Visual Epistemology and its Application in the Field of Social Media Malakeh Shahi, Berlin, Germany
Expressing Devotion to Shi‘i Imams in the Early Modern Poetry from Badakhshan Nourmamadcho, Nourmamadchoev, Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

3:45 – 4:00


4:00 – 5:30

Panel: Islamic Law

Chaired by Mohammed Ali Ismail

Some Notes on the Uses of Documentary Evidence in Imami Law Aun Hasan Ali, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Changing Patterns in Fatwas on Women in the Contemporary Shi‘a World Leila Chamankhah, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Sharia and the Development of Iranian Family Law Fateme Zeynodini, Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran
The Concept of Insaf (Equity) According to its Applications in the Words of Jurists Javad Esmaeili, International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qom, Iran

5:30 – 6:30

Panel: Philosophy

Chaired by Hamid Tehrani

A New Critical Approach to Fact-Value Relationships Ali Paya, The Islamic College, London, UK
Deceit, the Imagination, and Reason: Ibn Khaldūn and Occult Causation Reem Elghonimi, Austin, Texas, USA
A Sadrian Interpretation of Frank Jackson’s Knowledge Argument Adam Ient, Peterborough, UK

6:30 – 6:40

 Closing address by Dr Isa Jahangir, Principal of The Islamic College