New Directions In Islamic Thought: Lecture Series and Workshop


In the weeks before Ramadan 1436/2015, the Islamic Reformulations project will be holding a series of public lectures and a one day workshop on the theme of New Directions in Islamic Thought. Here are the details:

All events will be held at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.

Wednesday 6th May 2015, 5.15pm: Professor Meir Hatina (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “Between the Pulpit and the Battlefield: Contested Notions of Religious Authority in Modern Islam”

Meir Hatina will examine how leadership and authority in modern Islam have developed from being based on learning, to a more charismatic, personal based appeal.

Wednesday 20th May 2015, 5.15pm “Muslim Futures: New Directions in Islamic Thought”

Roundtable, with Dr Alireza Bhojani (Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham), Dr Haifaa Jawad (Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Birmingham) and Dr Karim Lahham (Tabah Foundation/Barrister Inner London Temple).  The Roundtable will explore, from different perspectives, examining the major intellectual challenges for Muslims in the contemporary period. Chaired by Dr Mustafa Baig.

Wednesday 3rd June 2015, 5.15pm: Dr Shuruq Naguib, (Lancaster University): "The Construction of Exegetical Authority in 20th century tafsir: The Case of Bint al-Shātiʾ"

Shuruq Naguib will give a lecture on the Egyptian Qur’anic commentator, Bint al-Shati’, famous for her contribution to rhetorical analysis of the Qur’an, gender issues, and understanding the Qur’an in the light of contemporary structures of knowledge:

Tuesday 16th June 2015, 5.15pm: Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini (SOAS): “Muslim Legal Tradition and the Challenge of Gender Equality”

Ziba Mir-Hosseini ( will critically assess an assumption that underpins much of thinking around gender relations in modern Islam: that God gave men authority over women in the Quran, Sura 4, verse 34. To do this, she will use her research, and that of others, under the auspices of the Musawah project.

Following Dr Mir-Hosseini’s lecture, we will convene the “Reformulating Islamic Thought in the West” workshop, with an opening address at:

Wednesday 17th June 2015, 9.30am by Dr Carool Kersten (KCL): “Anti-foundationalism in Contemporary Muslim Thought”.

For details of the workshop programme, click here.

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