Aerosol Arabic's Knowledge Mural, created 1-3/2/2016: details here.

Islamic Reformulations was a three-year Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship (GULF), funded by Research Councils UK and administered by the Economic and Social Research Council.  The Fellowship, awarded to Professor Robert Gleave of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, explored how Muslim thought has developed in the modern period, and how these modern developments relate to the pre-modern tradition of Islamic thought.  The project focused on the interlinked themes of belief, governance and violence.

Beginning in September 2012, Islamic Reformulations has now completed its main period of funding from the ESRC.  We will maintain this website for a while, to link in impact activities and other events related to the project. 

The project was led by Robert Gleave.  More details of the researchers involved in the project are available here. The project's full-time research fellow was Dr Mustafa Baig, who has rejoined the Institute in Exeter in September 2016 as Lecturer in Islamic Studies.

The project continued and developed the LIVIT Project (Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought), which ran from 2010 to 2013, and was also funded under the RCUK Global Uncertainties programme.

Latest News from Islamic Reformulations:

1. Postdoctoral Fellowships: Law and Learning in Imami Shi’ite Islam (LAWALISI) The LAWALISI project (an ERC Advanced award) is looking to recruit two postdoctoral researchers with a focus in pre-modern Imami Shi’i law, particularly the formative and classical periods.  These two-year fellowships will commence in March 2017; one will focus on the elaboration of legal theory in Imami law from the earliest time onward, and the other will examine the developing tradition of fiqh and fatwas in premodern Imami jurisprudence.  The closing date is 8th November 2016.  The LAWALISI project is planning to advertise two additional fellowships on developments in modern Imami Shi’i law in 2018.  Details about the project, the fellowships and how to apply can be accessed here.

2. USPPIP project commences work: The Understanding Shari’a: Present Imperfect, Past Perfect  (USPIPP) project, a collaboration between Robert Gleave and Professors Leon Buskens (Leiden), Irene Schneider (Gottingen) and Knut Vikor (Bergen) commenced work on 1st September 2016.  The postdoctoral fellows include Omar Anchassi (Exeter), Nijmi Edres (Gottingen) and Eirik Hovden (Bergen).  The first USPPIP workshop is scheduled for February 2017; details to follow.

3. Publication news: Two publications linked to the work of the Islamic Reformulations project’s research have appeared, both by Rob Gleave: "Conceptions of the Literal Sense (Ẓāhir, Ḥaqīqa) in Muslim interpretive thought" in M. Cohen and A. Berlin (eds) Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Overlapping Inquiries (Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp.183-204 and "Modern Shiite Legal Theory and the Classical Tradition" in E. Kendall and A. Khan (eds) Reclaiming Islamic Tradition: Modern Interpretations of the Classical Heritage (EUP, 2016), pp.12-32.

4. Other Appointments: Mustafa Baig was appointed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.  Mustafa was research fellow on the Islamic Reformulations project, 2013-2015.  Dr Baig will also be working on a new GW4 project Understanding Religion and Law: Muslims, Fatwas and Muftis in the UK.  This project is a collaboration between the GW4 Universities consortium, and we will be working with Sophie Gilliat-Ray (Cardiff), Julian Rivers (Bristol) and the postdoctoral research fellow Tayyeb Mimouni.

5. Recent Islamic Reformulations Events:

Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory: A three day conference held in collaboration with the University of Istanbul in February 2016.

Uncovering the Divine Law:  This three day workshop on Islamic Legal Theory took place in October 2015.  Details can be found here.

Reformers and Intellectual Reform in Contemporary Islam: A two day conference held collaboratively at SOAS and QMUL on the reformulation of Islamic thought in the contemporary period.

Reforming Islamic Legal Thought: A one-day workshop on the reform of Islamic law in the contemporary period.

Past Events

Resonate and Reformulate: a 2 day festival of Muslim street art and music.

The Knowledge Mural: Mohammed Ali returns to Exeter

eL Seed and his Multiple Identities: the Tunisian French graffiti artist created this mural at IAIS, Exeter

Religion in the Public Sphere: a public event at Exeter Cathedral examining the role of Islam and Christianity in public life.  It included an exhibition of the Mohammed Ali's Future Cube.

What became of the Arab Spring? Rob Gleave in conversation with Frank Gardner

Professor Wael Hallaq's visit to the Islamic Reformulations project, giving a public lecture and leading a 2 day seminar
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