24th October 2020: Karbala Heritage and Its Position in the Islamic Library
Rob Gleave presented at an online conference organised by The Karbala Heritage Center of the Shrine of Abbas (al-ʿAtaba al-ʿAbbāsiyya) in Karbala, Iraq. The conference title was “Karbala Heritage and Its Position in the Islamic Library” (al-Turāth al-Kabalāʾī wa-makānatuhu fī al-Ma;taba al-Islāmiyya) with the paper “The End of Akhbarism and the Beginning of Usulism in Karbala: The Bahrani-Bihbahani Relationship”.
22nd October 2020: Role of Religious Knowledge in Humanities and Social Sciences
Rob Gleave presented at an online conference organised by the Research Institute of Hawzah and University in Qum, Iran. The conference was titled “Role of Religious Knowledge in Humanities and Social Sciences”. Rob Gleave’s presentation was: “Wittgenstein, Epistemology and the Akhbari Usuli Dispute in Shii Islam”.
3rd June 2020: 8th Annual AMI Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Workshop
Rob Gleave, in collaboration with Dr Shuruq Naguib of Lancaster University, gave a joint presentation titled “Menstrual Questions: Purity and Gender in Islam” at the 8th Annual AMI Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Workshop on “The Regulation of Purity (Ṭahāra) and Impurity (Najāsa) in Islam: Practical, Socio-Ethical and Theological Implications”.
11th December 2019: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Fayḍ Kāshānī’s Hermeneutics
Amin Ehteshami gave a lecture titled “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Fayḍ Kāshānī’s Hermeneutics” as part of the LUSSI series at Leiden University in the Netherlands. More details here.
25th November 2019: Early Shiite Law and the Construction of the Shari’a
Rob Gleave gave a presentation titled “Early Shiite Law and the Construction of the Shari’a” at Harvard Law School as part of their visiting lecture series.
18th – 20th September 2019: Journées d’étude: Le droit musulman
Rob Gleave presented on “Shī‘ī legal Theory in Historical Context” at the study sessions Journées d’étude: Le droit musulman at the Université de Strasbourg.
4th – 6th July 2019: Contingency, Ambiguity and Casuistry New Approaches to the Study of Ethics in the Islamic Traditions
Rob Gleave presented his paper “Moral Qualities and Normative Assessments: The Relationship between Rational Ethics and the Five Legal Categories in Post- Classical Imāmī Shī‘ī Legal Theory” at the fascinating conference Contingency, Ambiguity and Casuistry New Approaches to the Study of Ethics in the Islamic Traditions organised by Dr Feriel Bouhafa at the University of Cambridge. Information on this excellent conference is available here.
28th – 30th April 2019: Islamic-Byszantine Border: From the Rise of Islam to the Fall of Constantinople
Rob Gleave gave a paper at the conference: “Islamic-Byszantine Border: From the Rise of Islam to the Fall of Constantinople”, at the University of Notre Dame. His paper was titled, “Empire and Emperor: Malik al-Rūm and Mulk al-Rūm in Shīʿī ḥadīth literature.”
9th April 2019: 15th Martyrdom Spring International Cultural Festival
Rob Gleave, at the invite of the Shrine of Abu al-Fadl Al-‘Abbas, Karbala, participated in the Spring Martyrs Festival in the Abbas Shrine and also in the Shrine of Imam Husayn. Amongst the many appointments during his stay, he also visited the Imam Khoei Foundation headquarters in Najaf, and discussed possible future collaborations.
22nd – 23rd February 2019: Prophetic Traditions Materialized: Dimensions of Ḥadīth Manuscripts
The LAWALISI project presented 2 papers at the workshop held at the “Prophetic Traditions Materialized: Dimensions of Ḥadīth Manuscripts” Workshop held at the Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg University:
Kumail Rajani (Exeter): Collection to Codification: Qāḍī Nuʿmān’s (d. 363/974) Encounter with Ḥadith
Robert Gleave (Exeter): The Formation of the Shīʿī Ḥadīth Canon: Manuscript Commentaries on the Four Books in Safavid and Qajar Iran.
24th – 25th January 2019: Acts of Protection in the early Islamic Empire
3rd – 4th December 2018 The Ḥanafī School: History, Transformations and Future
Rob Gleave presented a paper titled “Abū Hanīfa, Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and the beginnings of Islamic Legal Theory” at The Ḥanafī School: History, Transformations and future, 3-4 December 2018, convened by Professor Samy Ayoub during his tenure as visiting fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.
14th – 15th November 2018: Approaching Shii Islam in the Academy
Rob Gleave gave the keynote lecture at the conference “Approaching Shii Islam in the Academy” held at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, convened by the Leiden University Shi’i Studies Initiative (LUSSI). His lecture examined Shii contribution to the early developement of Islamic legal thought and was titled, “Normalising the Study of Shiʿism: Shiʿi Contributions to the Formation of Islamic Law“.
3rd – 5th October 2018: The Renaissance of Shiʿi Islam in the 15th–17th Centuries: Facets of Thought and Practice”
Rob Gleave participated in the conference “The Renaissance of Shiʿi Islam in the 15th–17th Centuries: Facets of Thought and Practice” at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. He spoke on how the popular work of Shīʿī legal theory (uṣūl al-fiqh), the Maʿālim al-Dīn of Ḥasan b. al-Shahīd al-Thānī (d.1602-3) established itself as the principal work of legal theory in scholarly circles in the Safavid period.
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