Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Shi‘i Studies (2015-2022)



Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Shi‘i Studies (2015-2021)


The Annual International Conference on Shi‘i Studies is organised by the Research and Publications Department of the Islamic College, London. The conference aims to provide a broad platform for scholars working in the field of Shi‘i studies to present their latest research and to explore diverse opinions on Shi‘i thought, practice, and heritage.

These seven conference proceedings comprise papers presented at the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 conferences.

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The Table of Contents of Proceedings Starting with the Latest One:



  1. The Unknowable Lord Has Manifested: Quiddity of Deity Between Divine Immanence, and Divine Transcendence, in the Ismāʿīlī Ginān Tradition

Stephen Cúrto

  1. The Prophetic Sīrah through the Qur’anic Paradigm: A Case Study of the Battle of Uḥud

Zoheir Ali Esmail

  1. Rock Inscriptions of Haftād Qulleh, A New Source in Ismaili History of the Safavid Era

Karim Javan

  1. A New Critical Approach to Fact-Value Relationships

Ali Paya

  1. Deceit, the Imagination, and Personal Discernment: Ibn Khaldūn and Occult Causation

Reem Elghonimi

  1. A Sadrian Interpretation of Frank Jackson’s Knowledge Argument

Adam Ient

  1. The Concept of Inṣāf According to its Applications in the Words of Shi‘a Jurists

Javad Esmaeili

  1. Shari‘ah and the Development of Iranian Family Law

Fateme Zeynodini

  1. Qur’anic Verses Shaping Djem Ceremonies and the False Perception of Alevism in Society

Birol Topuz

  1. Islam and the Holy Grail

Revd Frank Julian Gelli

  1. A comparative analysis between The Mahdi from Dune (2021) and Imam Mahdī in the Twelver Shi‘a tradition

Reza John Vedadi



  1. The Quran vs. The Theory of the Evolution A Critical Assessment of the Contrasting Views of Two Prominent Shi‘a Scholars of the 20thc: Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Tabatabaee & Dr Yadollah Sahabi

Ali Paya

  1. The Role of Faith in Enhancing Environmental Practices in Khoja faith Communities

Makbul Rahim

  1. The Islamic economy according to Mūsā al-Ṣadr: the avant-gardist thoughts of an original shi‘i reformist cleric

Tristan Hillion-Launey

  1. The Edicts of Marāji & the Concerns of Iraqi Youth Today

Sophia Butt

  1. Shahid Thani’s Use of Non-Shi’i Sources with a Focus on Islamic Ethics and Mysticism

Hamed Aleyamin

  1. Gender Justice In Islam: An Evaluation of Ziba Mir-Hosseini’s Religious Epistemology by Examining Her Interpretation of Qur’an 4:34

Tim Orr

  1. Performing Past, Narrating Today: Ta’ziyeh as a Historiographic Intervention in Shia Islam

Mohammadreza Mashhadi Ayvaz



  1. Judaism and Shi‘a Islam: Two Points of Comparison

Oliver Leaman

  1. Contemporary Developments and Directions in Catholic-Shi‘a Dialogue

Zachary Candy

  1. Discovery of the Kitāb al-Asrār Ascribed to the First Fāṭimid Caliph-Imam al-Mahdī: Its Ramifications

Ismail K. Poonawala

  1. Panjtanī tradition: A Set of Traditional Beliefs and Practices of the Shi‘i Ismailis of Badakhshan

Abdulmamad Iloliev

  1. Sulaym ibn Qays in the Kutub al-Sittah

ʿAli Yahya

6. Is an Action Part of Knowledge? A Critical Comment Concerning Critical Rationalism

E. Shahrestani

7. Ijtihad and Progression in Shi‘i Islam

Khairunnisa Aga

  1. Following Ahl al-Bayt in the Land of Coffee and Sugar Cane: Shi‘i Communities of Brazil

Sergio Iván Moya Mena vi Contents

  1. A Brief Introduction to Danish Shi‘is and their Attitudes towards Mosques

Nour Tessie Joergensen

  1. The Social and Psychological Dimensions of Parenting in Shi‘i Islam

Shahnaaz Alidina



  1. The Impact of ʿĀshūrāʾ Rituals on Shi‘a-Sunni Relations in Iraq

Jafar Ahmad

  1. Shi‘i Fiqh Manuals (al-Risālah al-ʿAmalīyah): Past, Present and Future

Sayed Hossein Al Qazwini

  1. The Authority of the Imāmī Marājiʿ

Cameron Zargar

  1. Creation or Revelation: A New Look at Verse 30 of Sūrah al-Baqarah

Vahid Mahdavi Mehr

  1. Religion and Reason in Islam: Conflicts and Solutions

Oliver Leaman

  1. The Zaynab-Ziyād Dialogues: Constructing a Zaynabian Theology at the Level of the Texts

Christopher Clohessy

  1. Al-Ākhūnd al-Khurāsānī and al-Mashrūṭah (The Constitutionalist Movement)

Sayyid Fadhil Bahrululoom

  1. The Danish Research History of Shi‘ism

Nour Tessie Jorgensen

  1. Turkish Influences on Architecture in the Zaydī Qāsimī State in Yemen

Mohamed Ahmed Abd Elrahman Ibrahim Enab

  1. A New Arabic Amulet Bowl from Esfahan With Persian Inscriptions. Ali Reza Sedighifard Collection

Ali Faraj

  1. Justice and Ethics as Totipotent Emergent Properties: A Critical Rationalist Perspective

Ali Paya



  1. Reconstituting the Muslim Ummah: The Disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the Emergence of a New Thinking on Islam

Regina Rowland and Fahimeh Mokhber

  1. Three Sources of Shiʿi Knowledge and Authority: Texts, Reason, and Mysticism in Islamic Intellectual History

Zackery Heern

  1. The Influence of Time and Place on Ijtihād

Sayed Hossein Al Qazwini

  1. Is there a Distinctive Shiʿa Medical Ethics?

Oliver Leaman

  1. A Critical Assessment of ʿAllāmah Ṭabāṭabāʾī’s Methodological Approach and Methods of Interpretation in his Magnum Opus, Tafsīr al-Mīzān from a Critical Rationalist Point of View

Ali Paya

  1. Philosophy: Diabolical Science or a Valuable Part of Religious Thought? A Comparison Between the Views of the Shāfiʿī Writer Ibn al-Ṣalāḥ al-Shahrazūrī and the Shiʿi Thinker ʿAllāmah Ṭabāṭabāʾī

Revd Frank Julian Gelli

  1. Authority, Identity, and Pluralism in the Modern Ismāʿīlī Religious Education Programme: A Critical Reflection

Yahia Baiza

  1. Neighbours of Fāṭimah: Conceptualizations of Shariʿah among Female Shiʿi Intellectuals in Qom

Maria Lindqvist

  1. Integration or Isolation: Black Shi‘ism in the American Diaspora

Liyakat Takim

  1. Islamic Art and Mourning: Shi‘a use of Art in Rituals

Nada al-Hudaid



  1. The Mad Muslim Mob: De/Mythologising Shi‘i Iran in V. S. Naipaul’s ‘Islamic’ Travelogues

Hossein Nazari

  1. The Disenchantment of Reason: An Anti-Rational Trend in Modern Shi‘i Thought – The Tafkīkīs

Ali Paya

  1. Philosophy in Islam: The Concept of Shi‘ism as a Philosophical Genre

Oliver Leaman

  1. Reading More Than Persepolis

Mersedeh Dad Mohammadi

  1. Iranian Women: Between Tradition and Modernity

Sarah Scio’

  1. A Comparative Study of Islamic Feminist and Traditional Shi‘i Approaches to Qurʾanic Exegesis

Mohammed Ali Ismail

  1. The Role of Custom in Shaping Islamic Law

Liyakat Takim

  1. A Study Examining Iraqi Immigrants: Has the Shi‘a-Sunni Conflict Been Transferred To Ottawa, Canada?

Jafar Ahmad

  1. Shi‘a Processions and the Competition for Religious Public Space in Northern Nigeria 1980–2015

Sani Yakubu Adam

  1. Sunni Literary Responses to the Spread of Shi‘a Ideology in Northern Nigeria

Kabiru Haruna Isa

  1. The Twelver/Imāmī Manuscript Collection in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Milano: Remarks on Kitāb Ghurar al-Fawāʾid by al-Sharīf al-Murtaḍā – MS.1665 (H 43)

Ali Faraj

  1. Shi‘a Narrations about Creation from Two Types of Clay (Ṭīnah)

Morteza Karimi



  1. Philosophy and Shi‘ism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Oliver Leaman

  1. The Ṣāliḥiyyah School in Qazvīn and Shi‘i Religious Authority, with an Emphasis on Scholars from the Baraghānī Family

Isa Jahangir

  1. Marjaʿiyyah from Below: Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religious Authority

Thomas Fibiger

  1. For the Love of Ahl al-Bayt: Transcending Sunni-Shi‘i Sectarian Allegiance

Siti Sarah Muwahidah

  1. Right to Offense, Right to Shiaphobia: A Rhetorical Analysis of Yasir Qadhi’s Framings of Offense

Shereen Yousuf

  1. The Study of Shi‘i Islam in Western Academia

Liyakat Takim