The Diversification of the Muslim Community in St. Petersburg in the 2010s in: Journal of Religion in Europe Volume 11 Issue 2-3 Year 2018
Through the intensification of migration, the number of Muslims has multiplied in ethnically Russian areas, including St. Petersburg. Within the heterogeneous Muslim community of the city, countless new communities and initiatives have emerged, but they increasingly face suspicions and restrictions from the authorities.
ʿĀmir b. ʿĀmir al-Baṣrī: Ismāʿīlī or Unorthodox Twelver Šīʿī-Ṣūfī? in: Arabica Volume 66 Issue 1-2 Year 2019
ʿĀmir b. ʿĀmir al-Baṣrī, according to evidence in his tāʾiyya, composed this long didactic mystical poem either in 700/1300-1301 or 731/1330-1331, while he was exiled to Sīwās in Anatolia. The object of this paper is fourfold. First, to give a brief sketch of his life gleaned from the extant Sunnī sources and determine the date of al-tāʾiyya’s composition or completion.
This article purports to report, without claiming to be exhaustive, on the recent dynamism within Shīʿi studies and their echoes throughout the various fields of Islamology. The first part will present a brief history of Shīʿi studies and the successive biases that have affected them. The second part will retrace the course of these studies over nine years (2009-2017), focusing on three collective works that rehabilitate in different ways Henry Corbin’s analyses (m. 1979), considered outdated by some. The third part will address three areas in which recent Shīʿi studies have proved particularly fruitful: the history of early Islam; the intra-Shīʿi minorities and the origins of Islam; Islamic philosophy after Averroes (d. 1198). The sum total will reflect a decompartmentalisation of Shīʿi studies both internally, between the different currents and aspects of Shīʿism, and externally, between Shīʿism and Sunnism, philosophy or Sufism.
‘Mīr Dāmād (m. 1041/1631), philosophe et mujtahid
Autorité spirituelle et autorité juridique en Iran safavide shīʿite’,
Studies on Twelver Shīʿism, particularly in the context of Safavid Iran (907-1134 / 1501-1722), are characterized by a dichotomy between the emphasis on law and that on philosophy, reflecting the duality between both the exoteric and esoteric dimensions of this religion. Based on this observation, this article presents a corpus of known and lesser known texts of Mīr Dāmād (d. 1041/1631), a philosophy master and super- mujtahid at the court of the Shāhs in Esfahan, in order to analyse the link between these two facets of his personality and shed some light on the relationship between legal and spiritual authorities in modern Shīʾism. The first part of this paper studies Mīr Dāmād’s portrait in the Shīʿi prosopographical sources. The second part deals with his legal works, notably his fatwās on Friday prayer and defensive jihād. The third part analyses the doxographic notice devoted to Mīr Dāmād by his former student Quṭb al-Dīn Ashkevarī (d. between 1088 and 1095 /1677 and 1684), which weaves legal, philosophical and mystical texts authored by his teacher. This study will show that in the view of Mīr Dāmād and his disciples, the temporal authority of the jurisconsult, during the period of Great Occultation, remained inseparable from the spiritual authority of the Gnostic (ʿārif), whose metaphysical knowledge was both rationally proven and mystically experienced.
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Al-Hikmah Institute of Al-Mustafa International University organizes a summer program for Shi‘a studies.
This program provides a common ground for introducing and discussing Shi‘a history, thoughts, beliefs, demography, Shi‘a governments, education system, branches and denominations, as well as ideological roots of Islamic revolution in Iran.
This program is intended for students and researchers who are interested in Islamic studies, Shi‘a studies, Iranian studies, Eastern studies and Middle Eastern studies. It provides practical instruction and guidance not only for students, but also for anyone who wants to learn Islam and Shi‘a.
The program will include a sightseeing of the most important cities like Qom, Tehran, Isfahan, Kashan and Yazd for those who are interested.
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The purpose of the “Rudolf Strothmann Archive” which comprises digital surrogates of his published work is to bring Rudolf Strothmann’s (1877-1960) pioneering role in the scholarly exploration of Shiʿi Islam into focus and to render his writings, much of which are still relevant, more easily accessible.
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Look for papers of potential interest to those on this list in the following panels:
Clerical Networks, Discourses and the State in Modern Twelver Shi’ism
Early Islamic History and Literature
Hadith and Law
Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century Islamic History
Islamic Jurisprudence in the Modern World
Contemporary Islamic Law and Ethics
Islam and Politics in the Middle East and Asia
Ibn ‘Arabi’s Reception
Muslims in UK Higher Education
Call for papers
Death and Shiite Muslim Migrants
Emel Akçalı (Swansea University, U.K.)
Pedram Khosronejad (Oklahoma State University, U.S.A.)
This is a call for a one-day brainstorming meeting regarding Death and Shiite Muslim Migrants which will be held in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Swansea University, in the United Kingdom from July 8-13, 2019 (the precise day will be announced later).
The aim of this international and interdisciplinary meeting is to bring together scholars of different fields in social and human sciences (anthropology, sociology, religion, politics, international law, international relations, refugee studies), NGOs and GOs, policymakers, journalists, and religious leaders to discuss how Shiite Muslim migrants (including refugees and asylum-seekers) deal with the phenomenon of death and its related matters once they are no longer in their mother country, and how the host countries, their governments and institutions, and consequently local communities respond to this.
The main aim of this gathering is to ascertain who is who in the field of research and encourage participants to collaborate in an international research project within a new research network.
Based on information from the Missing Migrants Project (https://missingmigrants.iom.int), since 2014, more than 4,000 fatalities have been recorded annually on migratory routes worldwide and this is why death and dying in the context of migration will become a key issue for the specialists of the field.
Since the past two centuries, Shiite Muslims of different countries, for different reasons, and at different points in time have migrated to other continents and countries. Therefore, Shiite migrants, their religion, related ceremonies and traditions have been brought into close proximity with others, in most cases, Western Christian host countries.
By studying the beliefs, customs and practical actions surrounding the death of Shiite Muslim migrants, we can gain access to deeply held values and also to the assumptions, worldviews and reactions of the host countries. Dying as a Shiite migrant in a Western country should be considered a particularly intense experience, and certainly people are challenged and forced to deal with legal, political, and socio-cultural problems, which may not be compatible with their original needs and values.
In this international program, we are interested in exploring and discussing legal, religious, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects of the death and dying of Shiite migrants and also the institutionalization of Shiite Islam in this regard among Western societies. Even though our focus will be on Shiite Muslims migrants in the United Kingdom, European countries, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, other researchers working on the same topics but in a non-western context and also those who are working on other Muslim groups are welcome to submit their proposals.
Following this general framework, some of our main sub-topics of interest will be:
– Death at the borders
– Death on the high seas
– Death in refugee camps and detention facilities
– Death during deportation or forced return to the homeland
– Burial rituals and ceremonies as sign and expression of identity
– Treatment of corpses
– Legal death organizations, cemeteries and burial plots
– Tombstones and funerary epitaphs
You are invited to send the title and abstract of your paper (500 words) including your official affiliation and e-mail address by March 25th, 2019 to (email@example.com).
Draft papers must be pre-circulated to participants by May 10th, 2019.
All participants will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and related costs.
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