Al-Mahdi Institute : Education & Research

Previous Research Seminars

Previous Research Seminars from 2015 to present include:


27th April 2017

Dr Mansur Ali (Cardiff University)

"Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of finding''



16th March 2017

Dr Jafar Morvarid (Ferdowsi University, Mashhad)

"Theology of Shi‘ite Ziyārah: the Case for a Norm-Sensitive Approach to Religion''




19th January 2017

Dr Mohammadreza Kalantari (Royal Holloway, University of London)

"Lost in Translation: Taqlid and Marja’iyya in Shiite Islam''



15th December 2016

Professor Timothy Winter/ Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (University of Cambridge)

"The Second Vatican Council and the New Catholic Theology of Islam''


24th November 2016

Professor Mohammed Iqbal Asaria (CASS Business School - City, University of London)

"Re-Thinking Economics Post the Global Financial Crisis - An Islamic Economics Perspective''



26th May 2016

Dr Colin Turner (Durham University)

"The myth of the ‘Islamic City’: rethinking the notion of sacred space"



28th April 2016

Professor Ali Paya (University of Westminster)

A Critical Rationalist approach to Religion” 



24th March 2016

Dr Haifaa Jawad (University of Birmingham)

"Pickthall’s translation of the Qur’an: an analysis of selected verses on women" 



14th January 2015

Dr Seyfeddin Kara (Durham University)

"Suppression of Ali ibn Abi Talib's Codex"



17th December 2015

Dr Chris Allen (University of Birmingham)

‘Understanding Islamophobia in Today’s Britain: manifestations and responses?'


5th November 2015

Dr. Farhana Mayer (Independent Scholar)

"Exegesis, ontological hierarchy and spiritual alchemy: the hermeneutical matrix of the Ja`fari comments in Sulami’s (d.1021) Haqa’iq al-tafsir"



11th March 2015

Dr Martin Whittingham (Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies)

"Understandings of the Qur'anic term Injil: an exploration."



15th April 2015

Dr Andrew Newman (University of Edinburgh)

"Teaching Shi'ism in the Academy; Practicalities and Pitfalls."



13th May 2015

Revd. Dr Richard Sudworth (Queens Foundation of Ecumenical Theological Studies)

"Current theological streams informing Christian understandings of law and ethics in relation to Islam"



10th June 2015

Dr David Cheetham (University of Birmingham)

"Inter-religious meetings and the spaces in between Islam."  


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