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‘Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications’

‘Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications’

 The 5th AMI Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop

July 6-7th 2017

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The 5th annual fiqhī workshop at Al-Mahdi Institute aims to facilitate scholarship directly addressing questions relating to the topic of “violence in Sharī ͑a andits contemporary implications”.  The Muslim juristic fiqhī discourse has been framed historically as concerned with preserving social order, through offering a framework seeking to regulate the lives of humankind by inferring orthopraxic precepts attempting to capture the judgment of God in any given circumstance. The remit of this framework includes regulations for the sanction of, and limits to, violence in all its forms. Recent years have seen increasing challenges to historically inferred positions, alongside continued attempts to understand precepts afresh, on issues as wide ranging as domestic violence, criminal law and the ethics of war. This workshop seeks to explore justifications, challenges and emerging responses to questions regarding attempts to apply any such regulation of violence, whether that violence be collective, interpersonal or self-directed.  

The programme for the workshop is as follows; 

Thursday 6th  July 2017

10:45-11:15 – Registration

11:15 – Opening Remarks

11:30-13:15 – Panel ONE


The Role of Law and Legal Systems in Creating, Perpetuating and Resolving Conflict

Professor Christie Warren (William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg)


How Muslim Jurists Th eorised the Legitimacy of Violence in the Absence of a Legitimate Political Order

Professor Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto)


How to Justify a Violence-Free Interpretation of Sharia

Dr Ali Fanaei (Al-Mahdi Institute) 13:15-14:30 - Lunch and Salat


14:30-15:45 – Panel TWO


A Comparative Examination of Shiite Political Power and Legal Discussions of Jihad

Professor Devin J Stewart (Emory University)


An Alternative Reading of the Islamic Theory of International Warfare 

Professor Liyakat Takim (McMaster University)


Initiative Jihad: Moral and Human Rights Appraisal

Professor Sayyed Fatemi (Al-Mahdi Institute & Shahid Beheshti University)


15:45 – 16:15 – Break

16:15 - 18:00 – Panel THREE


Gendered Constructions of Prophethood and Revelation

Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University)


Gender Violence and Qur’ān 4:34: An Interpretive Analysis between Tradition and Modernity

Shaykh Mahmoud Ali Gomaa Afifi (Lancaster University)


Transgender/Transsexual Muslims, Religious/Cultural Violence and Sex-Reassignment Surgery Fatwās

Dr Mehrdad Alipour (Utrecht University) 


Friday 7th  July 2017 

10:00 - 11:30 – Panel ONE


Imam Husayn, the Twelver Creed and the “Resistance”

Dr Samer El-Karanshawy (Centre for Lebanese Studies)


Dissimulation, Violence and "the spilling of blood" (safk al-dimāʾ)

Professor Robert Gleave (University of Exeter)


Violence Under Coercion and Necessity: The Cases of Qatl Al-Mukrah and Akl Al-Bashar

Najah Ahmad (University of Oxford)


11:30 - 11:45– Break

11:45 - 13:00 – Panel TWO


Capital Punishment within the Existential Framework

Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain (Al-Mahdi Institute)


Different Approaches to Stoning as a Legal Punishment

Dr Emad Tabatabaei (Freiburg University)


13:00 - 15:00 – Lunch and Salat

15:00 - 16:45 – Panel THREE


The Ethico-legal Principles of Arms Trade and Arms Embargo in Early Sunni Jurisprudence

Dr Shahrul Hussain (The Markfield Institute of Higher Education)


Position of Islamic Teachings against Violence and Extremism

Professor Sayyed Mohaghegh Damad (Shahid Beheshti University)


Principle of kindness (al-Riffq): authoritative rule and tool of understanding

Dr Hassan Beloushi (Islamic Seminary of Kerbala)


16:45 – Closing remarks

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