Spring Term Activities

Visiting Researchers Programme: January and February 2016

During January and February 2016, the Islamic Reformulations project will be hosting a series of Visiting Researchers; they will participate in CSI activities.  They are:

5th-31st January: Dr David Warren (Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, Harvard University). Research Topic: The Ulama, the Arab Uprisings, and the Aftermath: Between the Tradition and the State

5th-31st January: Dr Ryan Rittenberg (Independent Researcher, Philadelphia). Research Topic: Ibn Ḥanbal’s the Radd ‘alā al-zanādiqa wa’l-jahmīya

13th January-8th February: Dr Bianka Speidl (Senior Researcher at the Migration Research Institute in Budapest). Research Topic: Islamic legal thought for minorities

5th-20th February: Dr Samer El-Karanshawi (Independent Researcher, Cairo). Research Topic: Marginality and perceptions of history among the Lebanese Shīʿa

7th -27th February: Dr Mohammed Eissa (Independent Researcher, Berlin): Theology and Legal Theory in the Fifth/Eleventh Century: A Case Study from the Shāfiʿī School of Law

Activities:

Wednesday 6th January, 1200-1300: CSI Arabic Texts Reading group.  Professor Mohammad Fadel, visiting the University, leads a CSI Arabic texts session: reading al-Ghazālī’s Faḍāʾiḥ al-Bātiniyya and Mīzān al-ʿAmal

Thursday 7th January, 0930-1700: Research Seminar: Islam, Law and the State (programme details at www.Islamicreformulations.net)

Thursday 7th January, 1730: Visiting Speaker: Professor Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto) “Islamic Constitutionalism as an Alternative Approach to Islamic Legal Reform". (convened in collaboration with the GW4: URL Understanding Religion and Law project)

Thursday 14th January, 1130-1230: Lunchtime Seminar (followed by CSI lunch): Dr David Warren: “Mistaking the Trees for a Wood: The Ulama of Egypt and Syria in the Wake of the Arab Spring

Tuesday 19th January, 1130-1230: Lunchtime Seminar (followed by CSI lunch): Dr Ryan Rittenberg: "Representation in Islamic Commercial Law"

Wednesday 20th January, 1230-1330: CSI Arabic Texts Reading group: Details TBC

Thursday 28th January, 1300-1900: GW4 project “Religion and Law” Workshop and public lecture, Cardiff University (travel expenses for GW4 staff and students is available).  Professor Ebrahim Moosa (Notre Dame University): “Prohibiting Slavery in Islam: Religion, Law and the Challenge of Islamic State”.  (NOTE: This event takes place at Cardiff University.  E-mail CSI Director Robert Gleave for details on attendance: r.gleave@exeter.ac.uk)

Monday 1st February – Tuesday 2nd February: Mural Artwork.  Mohammed Ali (aka Aerosol Arabic), the British Muslim Mural Artist will be visiting Exeter, decorating a mural at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and giving a seminar on modern Muslim street art

Wednesday 3rd February, 1130-1230: Lunchtime Seminar (followed by CSI lunch): Dr Bianka Speidl: “A comparision of Shi'i and Sunni legal opinion regarding West as dār al-kufr.

Wednesday 10th Februrary, 1130-1230: Lunchtime Seminar: Dr Samer El-Karanshawi: “Drama, Sequence and Textuality: Commemorating Karbala in Beirut

Wednesday 2nd March: 1730: Lecture: Dr. Mateo Farzaneh (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, US): "Shi‘ism and Popular Leadership in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1906-1911)"

Tuesday 16th February, 1130-1230: Lunchtime Seminar (followed by CSI lunch): Dr Mohammed Eissa: "Theology and Legal Theory in the Fifth/Eleventh Century: A Case Study from the Shāfiʿī School of Law"

Wednesday 17th February: 1230-1330: CSI Arabic Texts Reading group: Dr Suha Taji-Farouki: Text TBC

Wednesday  17 February: 1730: Lecture: Dr. Vasileios Syros (Academy of Finland): "The Myth of Islamic Absolutism: Representations of Soft and Hard Power in Medieval Islam"

Sunday 21th February - Thursday 25th February: Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Studies in Islamic Legal Theory conference.  (Convened with the Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University – for details see www.islamicreformulations.net - this event will take place in Istanbul.  E-mail CSI Director Robert Gleave for details on attendance: r.gleave@exeter.ac.uk)

Tuesday 1 March: 1730: Lecture: Prof. Gudrun Kramer (Free University, Berlin): Title TBC

Wednesday 2nd March: 1230-1330: CSI Arabic Texts Reading group with Professor David Thomas (visiting speaker): Text TBC

Wednesday 2nd March: 1730: Lecture: Professor David Thomas (University of Birmingham): Title TBC

Wednesday 9 March: 1230-1330: CSI Arabic Texts Reading group with Professor Nicolai Sinai (visiting speaker): Text TBC

Wednesday 9 March: 1730: Lecture: Professor Nicolai Sinai: (University of Oxford): Title TBC

Wednesday 23rd March: 1230-1330: CSI Arabic Texts Reading group with Professor Gerard van Gelder (Visiting Speaker): Text TBC.  In the evening, at 1730 Professor van Gelder with give a visiting speaker lecture entitled “Ibn Usaybi‘ah’s ‘Literary History of Medicine”.