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, now lecturer in Islamic Studies in the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University.
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 Fellowship: Understanding Shari'a: Present Imperfect, Past Perfect. 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) is advertising a two-year, fixed term Postdoctoral fellow who will work with Robert Gleave at Exeter. The applicant should be an expert in Islamic law with particular reference to Muslim legal discussions around the legitimacy of violence. An ability to work across time periods is crucial, as is the ability to conduct research using primary sources. The closing date 17th July 2016. For more details, click here.
2. Law and Learning in Imami Shi’ite Islam (LAWALISI) – This is an early notification that in the near future (hopefully by the end of July 2016), we will be announcing two postdoctoral fellowships linked to the LAWALISI project, to start 1st April 2017; one in "Legal Theory/Legal Doctrine" and the other in "Fatwas and Fiqh". Whilst open to scholars in any area of these specialisms, the focus of the research will be on the development of Imami Shi'i legal thought. Details to follow, but the project summary can be seen here.
3. Lecturer in Islamic Studies (Islamic Law), University of Exeter - This 2year fixed term lectureship position will give an early career scholar the opportunity to teach in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, and do research alongside Rob Gleave and the USPPIP and/or LAWALISI project teams. Closing date 18th July, details here.
4. Recent Islamic Reformulations activities: Rob Gleave gave the paper "Zoroastrians under the Shari'a" at the Al-Mahdi Institute "The Status of Non-Muslims in Shari'a conference" on 2nd-3rd June; He was also fortunate to be part of two excellent workshops at Faraday Institute, Cambridge ("Scripture and Science in Christianity and Islam", 21st April) and UC Berkeley ("Text-based Workshop in Islamic Legal Theory and Philosophy", 30th April-2nd May).
5. Recent Islamic Reformulations Events:
Reformulating Islamic Thought in the West: Public lectures by Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Dr Carool Kersten, and a one-day workshop on Islamic reform ideas proposed by scholars based in or trained in Europe and North America.
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.
Resonate and Reformulate: a 2 day festival of Muslim street art and music.
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