The Centre for the Study of Islam (CSI)

Overview

Director: Professor Robert Gleave

The Centre for the Study of Islam, based in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, brings together the core teaching staff in Islamic Studies, other staff who have an interest in Islamic culture and civilisation, and all interested postgraduate students (at MA and PhD level).

We sponsor visiting speakers in Islamic Studies, hold regular seminars and conferences, and convene the Islamic Arabic Texts group.  All are welcome to our events, though those aiming to attend the Text group's session should be aware that competence in reading classical Arabic and Islamic texts in Arabic is assumed.  To join the group and be on the mailing list, you should email Pam Navran.  Attendees receive a copy of the Arabic text one week in advance of the class (by pdf email attachment).  Participants are expected to have read the text before attending.

Members

Director

Professor Robert Gleave
(Specialisms: Islamic law and legal theory, Shīʿī jurisprudence and exegesis, violence and its justification in Islamic thought)

Islamic Studies teaching staff

Dr Mustafa Baig

(Specialisms: Islamic Law, Muslims living in non-Muslim contexts)

Dr Istvan Kristo-Nagy

(Specialisms: late antiquity and early Islam, the role of the intellectual in Islamic civilisation, violence and heresy in early Islam)

Dr Leonard Lewisohn

(Specialisms: the history and doctrines of Sufism, Persian literature and civilisations, Persian mystical poetry)

Professor Emeritus Ian Netton

(Specialisms: history of Islamic philosophy and theology, ritual and Muslim practice, literature, orientalism and Islam)

Professor Sajjad Rizvi

(Specialisms: Islamic philosophy and theology, Quranic exegesis, Shīʿī thought and theories of authority in Shīʿī Islam)

Dr Suha Taji-Farouki

(Specialisms: Modern Islamic thought, political Islam and modern Muslim movements, Islamic mysticism in contemporary Islam)

Research Fellows

Dr Omar Anchassi

(Specialisms: Islamic social and political history and gender and sexuality in pre-modern Islam)

Dr Paul Gledhill

(Law and Learning in Imami Shiite Islam research fellow project; specialisms: early Islamic law and the formation of the law schools).

Dr Wissam Halawi

(Law and Learning in Imami Shiite Islam research fellow project; specialisms: medieval Islamic social history and the Druze).

Research projects

Current research projects

The CSI brings together existing research projects including:

Past research projects

Events and activities

All are welcome to attend any of the events. If you have any questions contact the Centre’s Director: Robert Gleave


ADVANCED NOTICE:
BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF ISLAMIC STUDIES CONFERENCE
 (BRAIS) to be held at Exeter, 9-11 April 2018. 

Visit conference web pages


Spring Term Activities 2017-18

All lunchtime seminars (Classic Article in Islamic Studies Seminars and Arabic Texts Seminars) will last around one hour (1230-1300), in Seminar 1 unless otherwise stated.  Please do bring a packed lunch so you don’t feel hungry! The sessions are informal and we do not mind people tucking into their lunch during discussions. Visiting Speakers normally start at 5.15pm in Lecture Theatre 1.

Tuesday 9th January: Visiting Speaker: Professor Kecia Ali, " Sex, Enslavement and Consent in Islamic Law: Approaches, Aims and Audiences"

Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th January: "Islamic Law and Sexuality" Conference convened by the Understanding Shari'a project (USPPIP)

Visiting ERASMUS Fellow: Between 16th and 25th January, we will have our visiting ERASMUS fellow Professor Philipp Bruckmayr from the University of Vienna. Professor Bruckmayr will return for our termly research seminar on 23rd March.

Wednesday 17th January: Visiting Speaker: Philipp Bruckmayr (University of Vienna): "The Ash'ari creed in Southeast Asia across the centuries"

Wednesday 24th January: Arabic Texts Seminar: A Fatwa of Rashid Rida to Wan Musa on Talqin al-Mayyit (led by Professor Philipp Bruckmayr)

Wednesday 24th January: 3.30pm Early Islamic Law PhD Seminar: PhD students and staff will gather to discuss the early development of Islamic law with visiting scholar Dr Walte Edward Young (Bonn; author of The Dialectical Forge: Juridical Dispute and the Evolution of Islamic Law). Registration required via R.gleave@exeter.ac.uk. Places limited. IAIS, LT2

Wednesday 31st January: Visiting Speaker: Dr Musharraf (Independent Scholar): "The Challenge of Translating the Quran in Plain English"

Wednesday 7th February: Arabic Texts Seminar: al Qaysarī on Ibn al-Arabi (led by Abd al-Latif Finch)

Wednesday 7th February: Visiting Speaker: Dr Theresa Bernheimer (SOAS/LMU): "The Shīʿī imams as authors or why it matters what the imams are said to have written"

Wednesday 21st February: Arabic Texts Seminar: Text led by Professor Sajjad Rizvi

Wednesday 21st March: Lunchtime Seminar: Dr Emily Selove, "A Magical Mess: manuscripts of Siraj al-Din al-Sakkaki's Book of Completion"

Friday 23rd March: Research Seminar: "Centre and Periphery in Muslim Minority studies" with Philipp Bruckmayr (Knightley building) Centre and Periphery in Muslim Minority studies” with Philipp Bruckmayr

Wednesday 28th March: Arabic Texts Seminar: led by Dr Wissam Halawi (text to follow)

 

Autumn term activities 2017-18

All lunchtime seminars (Classic Article in Islamic Studies Seminars and Arabic Texts Seminars) will last around one hour (1230-1300), in Seminar 1 unless otherwise stated.  Please do bring a packed lunch so you don’t feel hungry! The sessions are informal and we do not mind people tucking into their lunch during discussions. Visiting Speakers normally start at 5.15pm in Lecture Theatre 1.

Wednesday 4th October: CSI welcome lunch (1230-1330):  Come and meet the Islamic Studies teaching and research team and hear about the CSI activities.  Please let Pam Navran know you are attending so we order sufficient food (p.navran@exeter.ac.uk).

Tuesday 17th October: Visiting Speaker (1730-1900): Professor Ismail Poonawala of University of California, Los Angeles, will speak on “Al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān: the founder of the Ismāʿīlī Shīʿī School of Law”

Wednesday 18th October: Arabic Texts Session:  Led by Professor Ismail Poonawala Poonawala: al-Turath wa'l-tajdid

Wednesday 1st November: Arabic Texts: Led by Dr Omar Anchassi Anchassi: 1st November Arabic Reading (part 1) Anchassi: 1st November Arabic Reading (part 2)

Wednesday 1st November: Visiting Speaker (1730-1900): Dr Yafa Shanneik (Birmingham) will talk on “The Aestheticization of Politics and the Poetics of Shia Rituals in the Gulf”

Wednesday 15th November: Arabic Texts Session: led by Dr Paul Gledhill Gledhill: Short texts on Diyah

Wednesday 22nd November: Visiting Speaker: Dr Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh (Erfurt) “Sufism: An Outsider Perspective”

Friday 24th November: Governance and Violence in Islamic Law (USSPIP project workshop) – 0930-1700. (Knightley Building) Governance and Violence in Islamic Law Programme

Wednesday 29th November: Visiting Speaker and CSI Research Seminar “The Intellectual Dynamics of Post-Classical Islam”:  Professor Asad Q. Ahmed (University of California Berkeley) will give a lecture entitled “Palimpsests of Themselves:  Commentaries in Post-Classical Islam”, followed by research papers and roundtable discussion. 1200-1700 – programme to follow. Lecture Theatre 2 The Intellectual Dynamics of Post-Classical Islam

Thursday 14th December: CSI Research Workshop (1230-1730) – an afternoon of research reports, papers followed by us having a Christmas Meal together in the evening. CSI Christmas Research Workshop Programme 2017

To receive a copy of the texts please contact the CSI Administrator: Pam Navran (p.navran@exeter.ac.uk)

Arabic texts sessions are open to everyone, regardless of your Arabic reading ability.


An archive of past events can be found here.

Postgraduate research

Academic staff within CSI supervise doctoral students with a diverse range of current research topics. If you are interested in applying for a place on our programme, this list will give you an indication of the areas we specialise in.

Research topics

Master of Arts Programmes

MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Master of Research Programme

MRes in Humanities (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies)

CSI Reading Group

Postgraduate students meet on a fortnightly basis for the CSI Reading Group to discuss critical Islamic Studies research.  To join the reading group, please email Pam Navran (p.navran@exeter.ac.uk).

CSI Summer Term Activities 2016/17