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The Seventh Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

14 May 2022
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


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