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"Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications"

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Al Mahdi Institute

60 Weoley Park Road

Selly Oak


B29 6RB

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The 5th Annual Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Workshop is taking place at Al-Mahdi Institute, on the 6th and 7th July 2017.

We are looking forward to welcoming scholars from across the UK, and the globe, representing a broad range of backgrounds and sub-disciplines within Islamic Studies. The two-day programme will feature a total of 17 stimulating panellists on various themes.

The workshop seeks to explore fiqhī or juristic justifications and challenges to the regulations of Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications. As in previous gatherings such fiqhī debate will be situated alongside contributions dealing with broader theological, legal, historical, anthropological and sociological approaches that can enrich a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary visions for Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications

The schedule for the workshop is as follows;

Thursday 6th July

10:45-11:15 – Registration 11:15 – Opening Remarks

11:30-13:15 – Panel ONE

The Role of Law and Legal Systems in Creating, Perpetuating and Resolving Conflict
Professor Christie Warren (William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg)

How Muslim Jurists Theorised the Legitimacy of Violence in the Absence of a Legitimate Political Order
Professor Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto)

How to Justify a Violence-Free Interpretation of Sharia
Dr Ali Fanaei (Al-Mahdi Institute)

13:15-14:30 - Lunch and Salat

14:30-15:45 – Panel TWO

A Comparative Examination of Shiite Political Power and Legal Discussions of Jihad
Professor Devin J Stewart (Emory University)

An Alternative Reading of the Islamic Theory of International Warfare
Professor Liyakat Takim (McMaster University)

Initiative Jihad: Moral and Human Rights Appraisal
Professor Sayyed Fatemi (Al-Mahdi Institute & Shahid Beheshti University)

15:45 – 16:15 – Break

16:15 - 18:00 – Panel THREE

Gendered Constructions of Prophethood and Revelation
Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University)

Gender Violence and Qur’ān 4:34: An Interpretive Analysis between Tradition and Modernity
Shaykh Mahmoud Ali Gomaa Afifi (Lancaster University)

Transgender/Transsexual Muslims, Religious/Cultural Violence and Sex-Reassignment Surgery Fatwās
Dr Mehrdad Alipour (Utrecht University)

Friday 7th July

10:00 - 11:30 – Panel ONE

Imam Husayn, the Twelver Creed and the “Resistance”
Dr Samer El-Karanshawy (Centre for Lebanese Studies)

Dissimulation, Violence and "the spilling of blood" (safk al-dimāʾ)
Professor Robert Gleave (University of Exeter)

Violence Under Coercion and Necessity: The Cases of Qatl Al-Mukrah and Akl Al-Bashar
Najah Ahmad (University of Oxford)

11:30 - 11:45– Break

11:45 - 13:00 – Panel TWO

Capital Punishment within the Existential Framework
Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain (Al-Mahdi Institute)

Different Approaches to Stoning as a Legal Punishment
Dr Emad Tabatabaei (Freiburg University)

13:00 - 15:00 – Lunch and Salat

15:00 - 16:45 – Panel THREE

The Ethico-legal Principles of Arms Trade and Arms Embargo in Early Sunni Jurisprudence
Dr Shahrul Hussain (The Markfield Institute of Higher Education)

Position of Islamic Teachings against Violence and Extremism
Professor Sayyed Mohaghegh Damad (Shahid Beheshti University)

Prinicple of kindness (al-Riffq): authoritative rule and tool of understanding
Dr Hassan Beloushi (Islamic Seminary of Kerbala)

16:45 – Closing remarks

Admissions for all guests is by ticket only. All rates are inclusive of refreshments and workshop lunch on both days, as well as dinner on Thursday evening. Please email sakina.jaffer@almahdi.edu for more information

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