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UChicago Shi'i Studies Group Symposium: Shi'ism and Governance

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The University of Chicago Shiʿi Studies Group Symposium Schedule
The Franke Institute 1100 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Free and Open to the Public

Friday, May 12

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Light Breakfast (provided)

9:30 am – 9:45 am: Opening Remarks

Mohammad Sagha and Zach Winters: Graduate Directors, Shiʿi Studies Group; and, PhD Students, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

9:45 am – 11:15 am: Panel 1 – Clerical Politics in Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan
Discussant:  Orit Bashkin, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Chicago

1.  Aun Hasan Ali: Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

Muammad Isāq Fayyā on Islamic Governance

2.  Elizabeth Bishop: Associate Professor Modern Arab History, Texas State University     

“Peace Partisans” in Najaf during the Cold War

3.  Cameron Zargar: PhD Student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

The Concept of “if al-niām”

4.  Mashal Saif: Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Clemson University

Minority Aspirations and the Pakistani State: Shī‘a Political Theology

11:15 am – 11:30 am: Coffee and Pastry Break

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Panel 2 – Zaydi Movements, Claims to Legitimacy and Political Order
Discussant: Fred Donner, Professor of Near Eastern History, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

1.  Mohammad Sagha: PhD Student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Daylami Dynastic Structures, Military-Factional Politics, and the Zaydī Imamate of the South Caspian

2.  Nebil Husayn: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami

Requisites of a Legitimate Caliph: Notes from A Zaydī Imām in Buyid Baghdad

3.  Richard Harrod: Independent Scholar

Qualified Isolationism: Reconsidering the amīd al-Dīn Imamate in the 20th Century

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch (provided)

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Panel 3 –Elite and Popular Shiʿi Politics in the Middle East
Discussant: Laith Saud, PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

1.  Seema Golestaneh: Assistant Professor of Iranian Studies, Indiana University Bloomington

Navigations on the Path: The Positionality of the Shariat and Tariqat in Post-Revolutionary Sufi Iran

2.  Elisheva Machlis: Teaching Fellow, Tel Aviv University; and, Research Fellow at the Truman Center for Peace Studies at the Hebrew University

Qom and the Revival of Mysticism and Theosophy Amidst Challenges to Religion-State Relations

3.  Peyman Eshaghi: PhD Student, Divinity School, University of Chicago

Political Legitimation, Public Piety, and Shiite Shrines: The Case of Imam Riza’s Shrine in Mashhad, Iran

4.  Ahmad Chehab: MA Student, Religious Studies, University of Detroit Mercy

Political Imamate in the thought of Ayatollah Kamal Haydari

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Roundtable Discussion: "What Makes Shiʿi Politics Unique?"
Panelists:
Orit Bashkin: Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Chicago

Fred Donner: Professor of Near Eastern History, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Paul Walker: Senior Lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations & Deputy Director of  Academic Programs, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Moderator: Mohammad Sagha: PhD Student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Reception and Dinner (joint with CMES)

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Saturday, May 13

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Light Breakfast (provided)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Panel 4 – Messianic Thought and Theories on Leadership: the Formative and Safavid Periods
Discussant: Cornell Fleischer, Kanuni Suleyman Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies, University of Chicago

1.  Fariba Zarinbaf: Associate Professor of History, UC Riverside

Anatolian Origins of Safavid Shi'ism

2.  Zach Winters: PhD Student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

The Musha‘sha‘ and Safavid Messianism

3.  Torsten Hylén: Lecturer in the history of religions at Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.

Al-Mukhtār and the Aesthetics of Persuasion

4.  Roy Vilozny: Lecturer, University of Haifa, the Department of Arabic Language and Literature

On the Imāmī notion that humans are political by nature

5. Ali Ahmad Rasekh: Independent Scholar (PhD, Concordia University)

From al-Mufīd to al-Ḥalabī: Early Shiite Scholars and the Problem of Political Authority

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (provided) 

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Panel 5 – Intersections between Shiʿi Political Theory, Theology, and Philosophy
Discussant: Ahmed El Shamsy, Professor of Islamic Intellectual History, University of Chicago

1.  Rodrigo Adem: Postdoctoral Fellow,  Islamic Studies, UNC Chapel Hill    

Theorizing Temporal Authority: Imamism as Political Theory and Theology

2.  Rasoul Namazi: Postdoctoral Scholar, Leo Strauss Center, University of Chicago

Sovereign Modern State and Ayatollah Khomeini’s Absolute Guardianship of the Jurist

3.  Ezra Tzfadya: PhD Candidate, Islamic Studies DAAD Doctoral Fellow, Germany

Straussian and Shiʿi Political Philosophy

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Coffee Break

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Panel 6 – Ismaʿili Political Dynamics
Discussant: Paul Walker, Senior Lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations & Deputy Director of  Academic Programs, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

1.  Mohamad Ballan, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago

Competing Isma‘īlī Shī‘ī Notions of Succession in the 6th/12th Century: Revisiting the Hidāyah al-Āmiriyya fī Ibāl al-Da‘wa al-Nizāriyya

2.  Samuel Miller: MA Student, Divinity School, University of Chicago

The Divine Sovereignty of the Aga Khan IV: Assessing Contemporary Nizari Ismaili Political Imagination

3.  Shatha Almutawa: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Willamette University

The King’s Dilemma: Ikhwan Al-Safa and Political Philosophy in the Abbasid Period

3:45 pm – 3:50 pm: Final Comments

About the Symposium

The University of Chicago Shiʿi Studies Symposium is an endeavor of the Shiʿi Studies Group, established in 2010, to provide an interdisciplinary, non-area-specific forum for the discussion of research on Shiʿism by faculty and graduate students at the University and beyond. The annual symposium aims to strengthen the field of Shiʿi Studies by bringing together a group of both senior and early-career scholars to present research and to cultivate an environment for intellectual discussion and collaboration. At each symposium we aim to address a focused set of questions with cross-cutting relevance to scholars working on various periods and from various disciplinary perspectives.

This event is free and open to the public. Funding and support for this symposium is provided by various funders within the University of Chicago, including the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Council for Advanced Studies Islamic Studies and MEHAT workshops, the Department for Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History, the Division of Social Sciences and the Martin Marty Center at the Divinity School. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should email zwinters@uchicago.edu. Other inquiries can be directed towards Mohammad Sagha (msagha@uchicago.edu).

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Friday, April 1st

8:00am-8:30am: Light Breakfast

8:30am-8:45am: Opening Remarks, Mohammad Sagha: PhD Student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

8:45am-10:45am: Panel 1: Pre-modern Seminaries and Epistemological Developments in Twelver Shi‘i Thought

Discussant: Ahmed El Shamsy, Assistant Professor of Islamic Intellectual History, University of Chicago

(Withdrawn) Ahab Bdaiwi, Lecturer in Islamic and Iranian History, University of St. Andrews School of History: Neither Shiraz, Isfahan, nor Najaf: Shi‘i Learning in Medieval Bahrain, c. 1200-1300

Zackery M. Heern, Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies, Idaho State University: One Thousand Years of Islamic Education in Najaf: Myth and History of the Shi‘i Ḥawza

Maryam Moazzen, Assistant Professor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Louisville: Dialogical and Hermeneutical Modes of Transmission: Engagement with Religious Knowledge in the Madrasas of Safavid Isfahan

Ali Rida Khalil Rizek, PhD Candidate in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany: Scholars of Ḥilla and Early Imāmī Legal Tradition: Ibn Abī ‘Aqīl and Ibn al-Junayd Retrieved

10:45am-11:00am: Coffee Break

11:00am-1:00pm: Panel 2: Ismā‘īlī Institutions of Learning

Discussant: Franklin Lewis, Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature, University of Chicago

Paul Walker, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Deputy Director for the Center of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago: The Ismā‘īlī Da‘wa as an Institution of Learning in the Fatimid Period

Samer Traboulsi, Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic History, University of North Carolina at Asheville: Majālis al-Ḥikma in the Ṭayyibī Ismā‘īlī Tradition

(Withdrawn) Tahera Qutbuddin, Associate Professor of Arabic Literature, University of Chicago: Tayyibi Institutions of Advanced Learning in India: The Jami'a al-Sayfiyya and its Precursors

Aleem Karmali, Independent Researcher and Filmmaker: Reinterpreting the Rāshidūn: Balancing Pluralism and Normativity in 21st Century Nizārī Ismā‘īlī Religious Education

1:00pm-2:45pm: Lunch Panel and Roundtable Discussion: The State of Shi‘i Studies

Moderator: Paul Walker, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Deputy Director for the Center of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago

Rula Abisaab, Associate Professor of Islamic History at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University

Hasan Ansari, Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

Najam Haider, Assistant Professor of Religion, Barnard College, Columbia University

Andrew Newman, Reader in Islamic Studies and Persian, University of Edinburgh

2:45pm-4:30pm: Panel 3 – Minor Ghayba Scholarly and Social Networks

Discussant: Najam Haider: Assistant Professor of Religion, Barnard College, Columbia University

Hasan Ansari, Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University: The Authorship of Kitāb al-Hidāyat al-Kubrā: The Chapter on the Hidden Imām

 Andrew Newman, Reader in Islamic Studies and Persian, University of Edinburgh: In Defense of the Faith: Twelver Shi'i Networking During al-Hayra

Mohammad Sagha, PhD Student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago: The Early Shīʿī Underground: Formal and Informal Imāmī Networks and Institutions during the Minor Occultation

4:30pm–6:00pm: Keynote Address 

Rula Abisaab, Associate Professor of Islamic History at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University: Reform and Pietism: the `Amilī Ṭalaba at Najaf’s Ḥawza, 1920-1943. Stuart Hall, 105.

(Merged with the Friday Lecture Series at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies)

6:00pm–8:00pm: Reception and Dinner

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Saturday, April 2nd

8:30am-9:00am: Light Breakfast

9:00am-10:45am: Panel 4 – Modern Seminary Thinkers and Claims to Legitimacy

Discussant: Orit Bashkin, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Chicago

Elvire Corboz, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Aarhus University: Scholarly Capital in the Iraqi Marja‘iyya Field

Zahra Moeini Meybodi, MA Student in Religious Studies, University of Chicago, Divinity School: Morteża Moṭahhari and the Configuration of an 'Aqlānī Ijtihād

Edith A. Szanto, Assistant Professor, The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani: Learning Piety in Sayyida Zaynab:  Women’s Hawza Education in Syria

10:45am-11:00am: Coffee Break

11:00am–12:45pm: Panel 5 – Early Shīʿī Genres of Literature

Discussant: Hassan Ansari: Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Sulayman Hasan, PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago: The Nawādir Genre: The Structure of Early Imamī Ḥadith Compilations

Edmund Hayes, Visiting Faculty Fellow, Colby College: The Tawqīʿat and Masāʾil Genres: a Textual Archaeology of Pre- and Early-Occultation Institutions of Knowledge Dissemination

Roy Vilozny, Telv Aviv University and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute: The Amālī and Majālis: An Attempt at a Reexamination

12:45pm-2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm–3:00 pm: Panel 6 – Social Sciences and the Modern Ḥawza
Discussant: Maryam Moazzen: Assistant Professor in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Louisville

Rachel Kantz Feder, Lecturer, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University: Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and the Epistemological and Political Challenge of Modern Psychology

Milad Odabaei, PhD Candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Program in Critical Theory, University of California, Berkeley: The Shi’i Tradition in Post-revolutionary Iran: an Ethnographic Engagement

3:00pm-3:15pm: Final Comments, Zach Winters: MA Student, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago

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2015 Shi'i Studies Symposium, "The Practical Authority of the Imams and their Representatives"

April 3 – 4, 2015, Swift Hall Common Room, 1025 East 58th Street

Friday, April 3rd

8.30-10.15 -- Panel 1

Discussant: Najam Haider, Barnard College, Columbia University
Devin Stewart, Emory University, The Twelfth Imam's Rescripts to al-Shaykh al-Mufīd
Liyakat Takim, McMaster University, Between Theory and Practice: The Clash of Authority between the Imams and their Disciples
Nebil Husayn, Princeton University, Legal Codes Specific to Hāshimid

10.15-10.30 -- Coffee Break

10.30-12.15 -- Panel 2: 

Discussant: Paul Walker, University of Chicago
Shayesteh Ghofrani, Exeter University, A Comparative Exploration of the Concept of Wilāya in Shiʿism before the Minor Occultation
Samer Traboulsi, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Whose Charisma is it? A Weberian Reading of Authority in Ṭayyibī Ismāʿīlism 
Najam Haider, Barnard College, Columbia University, The Travelling Tree, the Dead Magician, and the Poisoned Dog

12.15-1.15 -- Lunch 

1.15-2.30 -- Lecture

Moderator: Mohammad Sagha, University of Chicago
Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi, The divine man’s Holy Spirit. Some new remarks regarding Imamate and prophecy

2.30-2.45 -- Coffee Break

2.45-4.00 -- Panel 3:

Discussant: Alireza Doostdar, University of Chicago
Elham Mireshghi, University of California, Irvine, The Authority of the Jurist and the Making of Policy : the Cases of Kidney Sales and Smoking in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Elvire Corboz, Aarhus University, The Transnational Marja'iyya and the Islamic Republic of Iran: The Dynamics of a Competition
(Following this program, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies will be hosting a lecture by Laura Deeb, 4.30-6.00, in Stuart Hall Room 105)

Saturday, April 4th

9.00-10.45 -- Panel 4:

Discussant: Rodrigo Adem, University of Chicago
Denis Hermann, The Imam and the Political Authority in the Modern Shaykhi Literature
Sajjad Rizvi, Exeter University, Who represents the Imam in contemporary Iran? Debates between jurists and mystics

Discussant: Timothy Gutmann, University of Chicago
Oliver Scharbrodt, University of Chester, Muhammad Al-Shirazi (1928-2001): The Collective Governance of the Jurisconsults (ḥukūmat al-fuqahā’) in the Time of Occultation

10.45-11.00 -- Coffee Break

11.00-12.15 -- Panel 5:

Discussant: Sajjad Rizvi, Exeter University
Rizwan Mawani, Instituting and Institutionalizing Authority in 19th and 20th Century Ismaili Shi’ism: The First Three Aga Khans and the Mechanisms and Modes of Authority Reclamation in the Age of Steam and Print
Radhika Gupta, Goettingen University, Striking a fine balance: The exercise of religious authority among the Twelver Shi‘a in India

1.00-2.00: Lunch for presenters

Format of the symposium
Presenters will get 10 minutes to introduce their papers. Discussants will prepare around 5 minutes of remarks for each paper, then presenters will be given time for to respond to the discussant and also to make remarks about each the other papers, and then open it up to the floor. Contact msagha@uchicago.edu to obtain one or all of the pre-circulated papers.

All events will be held at Swift Hall (1025 E 58th St., Chicago, IL)

This event is free and open to the public. Funding and support for this symposium is generously provided by various funders within the University of Chicago, including Norman Wait Harris Fund, the Martin Marty Center at the Divinity School, the Division of the Humanities, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Council for Advanced Studies Islamic Studies workshops and MEHAT workshops, the Department for Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should email zwinters@uchicago.edu. Other inquiries can be directed towards Ed Hayes (edhayes@uchicago.edu) or Mohammad Sagha (msagha@uchicago.edu).

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Spring Quarter, 2014

2014 Shi'i Studies Symposium, "Reason and Esotericism"

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hermeneutics, law, theology, heresiography, epistemology, politics, and anthropology

April 4th 2014

8.45am-6.00pm

Coulter Lounge, International House, 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

Schedule

8.15-8.45: Coffee

8.45-9.00: Opening remarks

9.00-11.00: Panel 1: Pre-modern tafsīr and taʾwīl

Hassan Ansari: The Tafsīr al-ʿAskarī: a brief history of the development of a Shiʿi text

George Warner: Explaining Prayer: A Passage from Ibn Bābawayh’s ʿIlal al-Sharāʾiʿ in Context

Tahera Qutbuddin: Principles of Fatimid Esoteric Interpretation (taʾwīl): An Analysis Based on the Majālis mu’ayyadiyya of al-Muʾayyad al-Shirazi (d. 470/1078)

Paul Walker: Examples of Taʾwīl in Fatimid Ismaili Texts

11-11.15: Coffee break

11.15-1.15: Panel 2: Pre-modern texts and contexts

Bella Tendler: ʿAbd Allāh b. Sabaʾ and the role of the Nuṣayrī Bāb: Rehabilitating the Heresiarchs of the Islamic Tradition

Ed Hayes: Proto-Nuṣayrī Opposition to Jaʿfar ‘the Liar’ and the Business of Building Coalitions Between Mainstream and Esotericist Imamis

Mushegh Asatryan: The World and Worldview of Early Shiʿi Ghulāt (8th-9th cc).

Rodrigo Adem: Ismaili Doctrine: Context and Sources

1.15-2.15: Lunch

2.15-4.15: Panel 3: Politics and anthropology of knowledge

Alireza Doostdar: The Occult Sciences in Iran: Between Sanction and Censure

Olly Akkerman: The Politics of the Bohra Bāṭin Archive: Ismaili Manuscript Culture and the Language of Secrecy 

Devin Stewart:  Taqiyya and Tawriya, or the Art of Ambiguity

Hamid Reza Maghsoodi: To Define the Indefinable; the Epistemology of Maktab-i Maʿārif-i Khurāsān

4.15-4.30: Coffee break

4.30-6.00: Panel 4: Early modern philosophy and esotericism

Ata Anzali: Philosophers, Sufis, and their Opponents in the Late Safavid period: Some Observations

Sajjad Rizvi: Esoteric Shiʿism in the Later School of al-Ḥilla: Walāya and Apocalyptism in Rajab al-Bursī and al-Ḥasan b. Sulaymān al-Ḥillī

Matt Melvin-Koushki: Occultism, Imamophilism and Rationalism in Timurid-Safavid Iran: The Case of Lettrism

6.00-8.00: Reception

This event is free and open to the public. Funding and support have been provided by the Center for International Studies and the Norman Wait Harris Fund, the Martin Marty Center at the Divinity School, the Division of the Humanities, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Council for Advanced Studies, the Islamic Studies Workshop and the Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) workshop, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Central Asian Studies Society, and International House’s ‘Global Voices’ program

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Spring Quarter, 2013

"Preserving the Faith: Cultural Assets among Shi'is in Soviet and Post-Soviet Tajikistan".

Zahra Jamal, Research Associate, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago,

Thursday, May 30, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Pick 218.

Middle East History and Theory Workshop and the Shi'i Studies Group

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Shi‘ism Panel Sponsored by the Shi‘i Studies Group at MEHAT conference:

Saturday May 4th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Panel Session 5, “Between Doctrine and Practice: Shiʿi and Sunni Political Formations in 10th-12th Century Iraq and Iran”

“Ismailis at Isfahan – A Tale in Three Texts”, Shiraz Hajiani (University of Chicago)

“In the Shadow of the 12th Imam: Contestation in the Lesser Occultation; a Network Analysis Approach”, Mohammad Sagha (University of Chicago)

“Maintenance of Public Order in Baghdad under Buyids and Seljuqs”, Mohammed Allehbi (University of Chicago)

“Fluidity and Compromise: A Reassessment of the Offices of Wakil and Safir During the Earliest Stages of Twelver Factionalism”, Edmund Hayes (University of Chicago)

Another Shi‘ism Panel at MEHAT conference:

Saturday May 4th , 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Panel Session 8, “Negotiating Shi’i Doctrine”

“The Qur’an – Word of God or Word of Muhammad: Prophetic Revelation in the thought of Abdulkarim Soroush and Nāṣir-i Khusraw”, Khalil Andani (Harvard University)

“Ambiguity in the Lines of Demarcation Between Akhbārī and Uṣūlī in the Last Islamic Centuries”, Mohammad Hadi Gerami (Institute of Imamite Studies, Tehran

“Bidʿah as an Image Problem: Reforming the ʿĀshūrāʾ Ritual in Mandatory Southern Lebanon”, Ari Schriber (Harvard University)

“The Challenge to Taqlīd by Two Leading Modern Shiʿi Clerics: Shaykh Hadi Najmabadi and Shariʿat Sangalaji”, Farhad Dokhani (Harvard University)

 

“The Fate of the Nations: Iranian History, Ethnic Identity and Shi'ism in Ferdowsi's Book of Kings,”

Edmund Hayes, PhD Candidate NELC

Friday May 10, 2013 at 9:30AM. Swift 106.

Islamic Studies Club (aka Majlis) and the Shi‘ism Discussion Group

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Winter Quarter 2013

“Shīʿī Seminaries in Iran and Iraq: Studying Islamic Law in Qum and
Najaf,” A lunchtime seminar

Robert Gleave (Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, and Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, Sulayman Ali Hassan (PhD candidate, NELC, University of Chicago), chaired by Alireza Doostdar (Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion,
Chicago Divinity School)

Monday, 11th March, 12.30pm-2pm, Seminar Room 406, Swift
Shi‘i Studies Group

Studying Shīʿī Islam: Prospects and Challenges

Friday, 8th March 2013, 9.00am-6.30pm, Swift Common Room, Divinity School

Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Workshop

 

"Sacred Knowledges and Expert Opinions: Understanding the Fatwas on Kidney Sales in Iran"

Elham Mireshghi , Ph.D Student, Medical Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Wednesday, March 6, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Pick 218,

Hosted by the Middle East History and Theory Workshop and the Shi'ism Studies Group.

 

“Shi`i Jurisprudence, Sunnism and the Traditionist Thought (akhbārī) of Muhammad Amin Astarabadi (d. 1036/1626-7)”

Professor Rula Abiisaab, Assistant Professor, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University.

Monday Feb 18th, 5-6.30pm, Cobb Hall, room 103

Shi'ism Studies Group and the Middle East History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT)

 

 

Spring Quarter 2012

“The Motif of the Cave and the Narrative Tradition of Nāṣir-i Khusraw in Badakhshan”

Professor Jo-Ann Gross, History Department, The College of New Jersey

Weds April 11th, 4pm. 

The Shi'ism Discussion group, MEHAT and CEERES

 

 

Fall Quarter 2011

Screening of “Taʿzieh: Another Narration,” a documentary film about Ta‘ziyeh, the Shi‘i passion play about the martyrdom of Imam-Hossein.

(See http://ifvc.com/tazieh.htm)  
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Persian Circle and the Shi’ism Discussion Group 

 

“ASHURA AT SKARDU,” a field video from the Northern Areas of Pakistan
shot by Professor John R. Perry, of an Ashura procession in Baltistan, Pakistan,

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
4:30pm, Pick Hall 016

Shi‘ism Discussion Group
 

Spring Quarter 2011

 

“Inflictions: The Writing of Violence—East/West,”

Dr. Jason Mohaghegh (New Jersey City University)

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 4:00–5:30, Foster 305

The Literature and Philosophy Workshop, MEHAT workshop and the Shi'ism Discussion Group 

 

“The Chaotic Imagination: Cruelty, Fatality, and the Shadow-Becoming in New Middle Eastern Literature,”

Jason Mohaghegh  (Assistant Professor of World Literature at New Jersey City University)

Friday, May 6, 2011, 4:00–5:30, Pick 016

A joint meeting with the Literature and Philosophy Workshop, sponsored by the Middle East Studies Students’ Association. MEHAT workshop and the Shi'ism Discussion Group 

 

“Of Books and Bodies: The Hagiography of the Shiite Scholar-Martyr Zayn al-Din al-Amili,”

Devin Stewart, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Emory University

Shi'ism Discussion Group

Friday, May 6, 2011 4:00–5:30, Pick 218

 

“The Silent Imam: Religious Archetype and Historical Memory in the Sectarian Milieu,”

Rodrigo Adem, PhD Candidate , NELC, University of Chicago 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 12:00 PM Noon - 1:20 PM 

 

“Old and New Sources/Voices in Twelver Shī`ī History,”
Dr. Andrew Newman (Reader in Islamic Studies and Persian with the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. )
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 12:00 PM Noon in Pick Hall 218

Shi ‘ism Discussion Group

 

Winter 2011


"Sectarianism and the Anxieties of Influence in Early Islam: Ibn Saba' and the 'Jewish' Origins of Shi'ism"
Sean Anthony, Assistant Professor of Islamic History, University of Oregon
Friday, February 11, 2011, 4:00 PM, Pick Hall, Room 218

 

Fall Quarter 2010

 

"Why did the Twelver Shi‘a survive? Thoughts on the relationship between rhetoric, history, theology, and the social construction of sectarian identity."

Edmund Hayes, PhD candidate, NELC, University of Chicago

Thursday, December 3, 12-1:30 PM Pick Hall 218

Shi‘ism Discussion Group

 

"Iraqi Shi'is as Ottoman Subjects"

Dr. Orit Bashkin, Assistant Professor, NELC, University of Chicago,

Monday, November 8, 2010, 5-6:30 PM, Pick Hall, Room 218

 

“Nahj al-Balagha" 

Prof. Tahera Qutbuddin, NELC, University of Chicago

Thursday, October 21st 12:00 noon,2010 

Shi‘ism discussion Group

 

Winter Quarter 2010

 

“The Curriculum at Qum”

Sulayman ‘Ali, PhD candidate, NELC, University of Chicago

Monday, February 28th, 2010 4.30pm, Pick 218.

 

Discussion session: "What to include in an introductory course on Shi'ism – continued”

Monday, February 1st , 2010 4.30pm in Pick 218,

 

Discussion session: “What to include in an introductory course on Shi'ism."

Thurs, January 14th 2010, 4.30pm