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Re-evaluating Orthodoxy: Navigating the changing narratives of Islamic Law...

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iSyllabus and IST present an exclusive seminar with Dr Umar ( biography can be found below)


Past, present and future.

1. Past: How was orthodoxy defined in our history and what social and political factors helped frame the creation of what was deemed as normative? What were the most pertinent responses by the Muslim leadership and thinkers to decline in the face of imperialism.

2. Recent past & Present: What are the most successful models adopted my Muslims to foster social and spiritual cohesion since the fall of the khilafah. What are the main drivers that are helping to shape the new status quo in Muslim religious identity and what role have religious scholars had creating this?
How do Muslims make sense of their religious tradition and preserve it for future generations?

3. Future: How should Muslims in the West respond to the growing instability in the Muslim heartlands and how can they foster ethical and spiritual growth grounded in the tradition at a time when ancient institutions of learning are being brought into disrepute by large segments of their own populations.

Evening seminar 6.30-9.30pm (two 45 min lectures & 45 min discussion/q&a session)



Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Dr. Umar Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim who embraced Islam in 1970. He studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago and received his doctorate there in 1978. He taught at the Universities of Windsor (Ontario), Temple, Michigan, and King Abdul-Aziz (Jeddah). During several years abroad, he was able to study with a number of traditional Islamic scholars. He returned to the United States in 2000 under the auspices of the Nawawi Foundation (Chicago), where he worked until 2011. He taught Islamic studies at Darul Qasim (Chicago) from 2012 until 2013. He is currently engaged in independent research, writing, and teaching activities with institutions across the United States, Europe, and Africa with a focus on Islamic theology. Among his written works are A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb (Oxford University Press) and Malik and Medina: Islamic Legal Reasoning in the Formative Period (Brill).

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