Liyakat Takim, From Partial to Complete: Juristic Authority in Twelver Shi’ism, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 43, No. 4 (Summer 2020), pp. 6-27
Sectarian Triangles: Salafis, the Shi’a, and the Politics of Religious Affiliations in Northern Nigeria | Politics and Religion | Cambridge Core
“Sectarianization”-the political instrumentalization of sectarian identities-is a profitable strategy for many state and non-state actors. This paper presents a theory of sectarianization, as well as an accompanying typology. The paper does not seek to explain the causes of sectarian conflict; rather, the paper examines how third parties respond to exogenous instances of such conflict.
Liyakat Takim McMaster University, Ontario, Canada Keywords: double-minority, American Shi’is, Twelver Shi’ism, Black Shiʿi, Shi’i Islam In a country that claims to be founded on Judeo-Christian values, the experiences of minority groups such as Muslims are often relegated to the margins of discourses on religion.
In Praise of the Few: Studies in Shiʿi Thought and History is a selection of Etan Kohlberg’s research on Shiʿi Islam over a period of fifty years. It includes previously published articles, revised dissertation chapters, and a full bibliography of the author’s work.
Al-Mahdi Institute is offering three fully funded scholarships for its Four-year Hawza Programme, starting in September 2020. The Hawza Programme offers students the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of religion, theology and language through the integration of traditional Islamic sciences taught at seminaries of Qom and Najaf, with modern approaches and theories. On completion, students are awarded a postgraduate MA in Islamic Studies by the University of Birmingham. The scholarship, available to UK/EU students, includes on-campus accommodation, monthly stipends of £200 and the full MA course fees in the final year. Find out more or apply now here. The deadline for applications is Monday 31st August 2020.
Exploring Bahrain’s modern history through the lens of repression, this concise and accessible account work spans the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, looking at all forms of political repression from legal, statecraft, police brutality and informational controls.
In the early 1400s, Iranian elites began migrating to the Deccan plateau of southern India. Lured to the region for many reasons, these poets, traders, statesmen, and artists of all kinds left an indelible mark on the Islamic sultanates that ruled the Deccan until the late seventeenth century.
This article traces the evolving political platform of one of Iraq’s oldest and most powerful Shi’i political parties, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI). Drawing on an analysis of 15 years of primary materials produced by ISCI, it focuses principally on their promotion of decentralization as a path towards peace and stability in Iraq.
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Religious Healing and Sacred Health Curing: Online Documentary Film Program and Debate (week 1). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.
A virtual documentary film presentation and debate organized by the Network of the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia of EASA in collaboration with the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University. Introduction to the program by Dr. P. Khosronejad (Western Sydney University), and debate by Dr. R.
Week 1 Film Presentation:
THE SMELL OF DUST
Majed Neisi, 2002, 11 minutes, Iran.
During the sacred month of Moharram in Iran, Shiite Muslims mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. A rumour spread throughout the city of Ahwaz in the south of Iran: Imam Hossein had been sighted in an earth soccer field where the annual passion play (Taziyeh) commemorating him was being performed. The earth of the field was said to be blessed and to miraculously heal the infirm. People came out in droves, often with their infirm in tow; people unable to speak, blind people, cripples, and many more, brought together by their faith in miracles.
Al-Karkh: the Development of an Imāmī-Shīʿī Stronghold in Early Abbasid and Būyid Baghdad (132-447/750-1055)
Abstract Following the foundation of Baghdad by Caliph al-Manṣūr (r. 136-158/754-775) in 145/762, the neighbourhood of al-Karkh attracted many Imāmī scholars, becoming the centre of the Imāmī wikāla (network of deputies of the Imām) in the late 3rd/9th century, and then the heart of the Imāmī ḥawza (seminary) and the rationalist school of theology which developed under the Būyids (333-447/945-1055).