This article explores the transnational contest over sacred authority in contemporary Shi’i Islam as it plays out between contemporary maraji’ (sources of emulation) and the Iranian Supreme Leader, and in practice between their respective networks.
(Beirut) – Bahrain’s authorities should overturn the death sentences following unfair trials against two men who say they were tortured, Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said today. The Court of Cassation, Bahrain’s court of last resort, will issue the final verdict in the coming weeks.
The University of Edinburgh – Dispelling Divides A look at the differences and similarities of Shia and Sunni Belief with SABS Director General Imam Razawi and Shaykh Hassan Rabbani. With an increase in sectarian tensions across campuses in the United Kingdom, an event at the University of Edinburgh was held to bring harmony and dispel misinformation.
By Kumail Rajani Al-qawāʿid al-fiqhiyya – Islamic legal maxims – have received limited attention in the plethora of works on Islamic law and legal theory published in the last two to three decades. With the aim of further advancing the study of Islamic legal maxims, the Exeter-based LAWALISI (LAW, Authority and Learning in Imami Shiʿite Islam)…
“We agree to give these companies ownership of our lives and they are cashing in,” says Edward Armstrong, a freelance copywriter and consultant originally from Newcastle, UK, but now based in London. He has abandoned using the services of internet giants like Google and Facebook and is using smaller rivals, which promise greater privacy.
(Beirut) – Bahrain’s human rights record worsened in 2019, as the government carried out executions, convicted critics for peaceful expression, and threatened social media activists, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020 . The government executed three people in July, including two prisoners convicted in a mass trial marred by serious due process violations and allegations of torture.
05 December 2019 – Last week, on 29 November, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) sent letters to both the Vice-Chancellor and President of the Student Union (SU) at the University of Huddersfield urging the institution to abolish a Master’s programme, an MSc in Security Science, reserved for students from Bahrain’s Royal Academy…
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18 October – Yesterday, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) co-hosted an event at Parliament to highlight the deteriorating state of human rights in Bahrain. The event included a panel of experts who discussed the brutal crackdown on political opposition, human rights…
Eventbrite – Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy presents The Crackdown on Human Rights and Freedoms in Bahrain – Thursday, 17 October 2019 at Conference Room A, House of Commons (Entrance on 1 Parliament Street), London, England. Find event and ticket information.