LAWALISI Postdoctoral Fellowship Announced
The Law, Authority and Learning in Imami Shiite Islam (LAWALISI) project is offering two postdoctoral fellowship positions, focussing on the late classical Period (from 15th to late 19th century in Shii legal thought and practice. The job descriptions and further details are here.
5th – 6th July 2018: Past, Present and Future of Shi’i Ijtihad
Rob Gleave participated in the “Past, Present and Future of Shi’i Ijtihad” at the Al-Mahdi Institute in Selly Oak, Birmingham. More details on the workshop can be found here. His paper was titled ” The controversy around ijtihad in matters of belief”.
The LAWALISI project team gathered at the 2018 BRAIS conference to present their research in a specially convened panel. The team of Rob Gleave, Wissam Halawi and Paul Gledhill were joined by Kumail Rajani, a regular participant in project events and a PhD student at the University of Exeter. Here is the programme extract:
Chair: Rob Gleave (University of Exeter)
Rob Gleave (University of Exeter) Early Shī`ī Law in Wider Perspective
Paul Gledhill (University of Exeter) Some legal opinions attributed to early Shīʿī authorities in the Ishrāf ʿalá madhāhib al-ʿulamāʾ of Ibn al-Mundhir (d. 318/930)
Wissam Halawi (University of Exeter) Khums in Early Shīʿī Jurisprudence
Kumail Rajani (University of Exeter) Shi`ite Schools of Law in Comparative Perspective: Zaydi, Isma`ili and Imami Legal Doctrine
The panel was very well-attended and the project team welcomed a further opportunity to explore their research with researchers in the field.
Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Université de Strasbourg. The seminar is organised by Dr Moussa Abou Ramadan, Professor of Muslim Law and Islamology at Strasbourg. The paper covered both the early polemic against qiyās in Shīʿī sources, and the rejection of qiyās in late classical Shīʿī jurisprudence.
Dr Wissam Halawi led a Centre for the Study of Islam Arabic texts session at the University of Exeter, with the title “Shaykh al-Mufîd (d. 413/1022) on the doctrine of Khums“. Dr Halawi discussed a series of passages on khums in the writings of Shaykh al-Mufīd in the context of the development of Shīʿī law.
Rob Gleave gave a lecture in the Seminar “Droit musulman et sociétés islamiques prémodernes (VIIIe–XIXe siècles)” organised by Professor Christian Müller and Dr Ismail Warscheid. In the lecture, held at the Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman. He discussed the aims and objectives of the LAWALISI project and the state of the discipline, with a focus on how Shīʿī law can be understood within a broader Islamic legal context.
8th March 2018: Early Shīʿī Law in Context Workshop, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton