The Sixth Annual Conference on Shi’i Studies

Sixth Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

13 March 2021

Panel: Theology and Philosophy

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

Questioning the concept of ghulat Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky, USA
Al-Insan al-Kamil and the Virtuous City Polina Aniftou, University of Lancaster, Cyprus
Philosophical Determinism according to Sheikh Ghulam Rida Fayyadi Shiraz Husain Agha, Independent researcher, Iran
The Quran vs. the Theory of Evolution: A Critical Assessment of the Contrasting Views of Two Prominent Shi‘a Scholars of the 20th Century: Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Tabatabaee and Dr Yadollah Sahabi Ali Paya, The Islamic College, London, UK

Panel: Shi‘ism in Iraq and the Middle East

Chaired by Amir Dastmalchian, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

The Edicts of Marājiʿ and the Concerns of Iraqi Youth Today Sophia Butt, University of Birmingham, UK
Shi‘i Educational Traditions and Systems in Early Modern Iraq and Iran Zackery Heern, Idaho State University, USA
Shi‘a Muslim Feminism: Alternative Voices of Resistance from Iraq and Kuwait Hossein Nazari, University of Tehran, Iran

Zeinab Mehanna, Al-Mustafa University, Iran

Panel: The Qur’an and Islamic Law

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

The Legal Purport of “Refraining from Seeking Clarification” Aun Hasan Ali, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Hadi Qazwini, University of Southern California, USA

Shi‘i Exegesis in the Tenth Century: Ayyashi’s Tafsir as a Literary Genre Liyakat Takim, McMaster University, Canada
Gender Justice in Islam: An Evaluation of Ziba Mir-Hosseini’s Religious Epistemology by Examining her Interpretation of Qur’an 4:34 Tim Orr, Indiana University, Purdue University Columbus, USA

Panel: Contemporary Issues

Chaired by Amir Dastmalchian, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

The Islamic economy according to Mūsā al-Ṣadr: The avant-gardist thoughts of an original Shi‘i reformist cleric Tristan Hillion-Launey, EHESS, France
The Role of Faith in Enhancing Environmental Practices in Khoja Shi‘a Faith Communities Makbul Rahim, Middlesex University, London, UK


Panel: Ritual Practice

Chaired by Muhammad Zakaria, The Islamic College, London, UK

Traditional Contact against Media Hegemony: The Importance and the Functions of the Ziarat-e Arbaeen in the Shi‘a World Mohammad Samiei, University of Tehran, Iran
Performing Past, Narrating Today: Ta‘ziyeh as a Historiographic Intervention in Shia Islam Mohammadreza Mashhadi Ayvaz, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Panel: Crossing Confessional Boundaries

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

Iranian Traders in Istanbul During the Late Ottoman Period: Commercial and Religious Reflections Abdulkadir Yeler, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey
Shahid Thani’s Use of Non-Shi‘i Sources with a Focus on Islamic Ethics and Mysticism Hamed Aleyamin, University of Tehran, Iran
Contemporary Shi‘i Engagement with the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Tradition David Coolidge, Graduate Theological Union, California, USA