News (from most recent backwards - updated 10th October 2016)

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.

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.

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.

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).

Understanding Sharia – collaborative project award. The Understanding Shari’a: Present Imperfect, Past Perfect  (USPIPP) project is a collaboration between Robert Gleave and Professors Leon Buskens (Leiden), Irene Schneider (Gottingen) and Knut Vikor (Bergen).  It has been awarded funding by the Humanities in the European Research Area “Uses of the Past” programme. The project will examine how the past has been used to justify contemporary Muslim legal rulings. Alongside a programme of regular research, workshops and conferences, this two-year project will recruit 4 post-doctoral researchers, each based in one of the four participating universities, focussing on the research themes of violence (Exeter), custom and practice (Leiden), gender (Gottingen) and the role of the state (Bergen).  More details will follow in due course.

Law and Learning in Imami Shi’ite Islam – ERC award recently announced. This Advanced Grant has been awarded by the European Research Council to Rob Gleave to study the development of Imami Shi’i jurisprudence from its earliest time to the present day.  The overall aim is to enrich the study of the Islamic legal tradition by incorporating the contribution of Imami Shi’i jurists over the centuries.  The five year programme includes 4 post-doctoral researchers, to be based in Exeter, working with Rob Gleave on a series of research themes.  More details to follow soon.

Reformulation and Hermeneutics: This final conference of the Islamic Reformulations project took place at Istanbul University, 21st-24th February 2016.  The programme brought together some of the leading researchers into Islamic Legal theory to share research and explore new areas of investigation.  The event included a final public session, held at the auditorium in the Theology Faculty.  Details and images from the conference can be found here. 

Recent Islamic Reformulations activities: The final two February’16 international visiting fellows (Drs Samer El-Karanshawy and Mohamed Eissa) gave papers at IAIS, Exeter on 10th and 16th February respectively.  Rob Gleave gave the paper Messianic Jurisprudence and the Political in Shi’i legal thought at the “Socio-Legal and Islam: Intersections between Shari’a and State Law” workshop, University of Oxford on 14th March, details here. He also gave the keynote lecture “Future Perfect: Islam, the Messiah and Human Fulfilment” at the Religion and Theology: Perfection conference, held at the Department of Religion and Theology, University of Bristol, 11th March.  Details here.

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.

Thought Crimes Seminar Series: Workshops on the Criminalisation of Non-Violent Extremism (convened joint with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law - see the blog post here) and the Control of Subversive Views.

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.


Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory, Istanbul, 21st-24th February 2016 - final programme available.  This conference, a collaboration of the Islamic Reformulations project (University of Exeter) and the Faculty of Theology (Istanbul University) will examine the intellectual history of Islamic legal interpretation, with a focus on legal theory.  The final programme is available here (registration has now closed).

Feb’16 Visiting Researchers arrive: Our Jan’16 Visiting Researchers (Drs David Warren (US), Ryan Rittenberg (US) and Bianka Speidl (Hungary)) have now departed after a very productive month; and our Feburary’16 Visiting Researchers (Drs Mohammed Eissa (Germany) and Samer El-Karanshawy (Egypt)) have arrived.  Details of their programme of activities can be found here.

Aerosol Arabic creates Knowledge Mural, 1-3 February 2016: Mohamed Ali, aka Aerosol Arabic, returns to Exeter to create a public mural blending local Exeter themes with Arabic calligraffiti. Images and report here.

Recent Islamic Reformulations activities: Islam, Law and the State, a one day workshop with guest lecturer Professor Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto) was held on 7th January 2016 at the University of Exeter. Details here.  Rob Gleave and the January’16 visiting fellows (Drs Warren, Speidl and Rittenberg) took part in the URL: Religion and Law workshop, held at Cardiff University, with a guest lecture by Professor Ebrahim Moosa (University of Notre Dame) on 27th January 2016. Details here.

Islam, Law and the State: Research Seminar and Public Lecture by Professor Mohammad Fadel  - programme available.  This research seminar, to be held 7th January 2016 at the University of Exeter, will examine the relationship between Islam, Muslims and Law, covering subjects from conception of Law in the Muslim tradition, and how Muslims are framed by current UK legislation. Following the seminar, Professor Mohammad Fadel will give a lecture titled, "Islamic Constitutionalism as an Alternative Approach to Islamic Legal Reform".  A programme for the event is available here, along with details of how to attend.

Visiting researchers, January-February 2016: We are pleased to announce 5 visiting scholars to Exeter under the auspices of the Islamic Reformulations project.  Each of the researchers will participate in the project's activities, present their research and participate in a series of sandpit workshops.  They are Drs David Warren (US), Ryan Rittenberg (US), Bianka Speidl (Hungary), Mohammed Eissa (Germany) and Samer El-Karanshawy (Egypt).  Details of the evolving programme of activities can be found here.

Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory, Istanbul, 21st-24th February 2016 - programme available.  This conference, a collaboration of the Islamic Reformulations project (University of Exeter) and the Faculty of Theology (Istanbul University) will examine the intellectual history of Islamic legal interpretation, with a focus on legal theory.  A provisional timetable is available here with details of how to register.

Recent Presentations: Robert Gleave was a panel member at the launch of the new journal Re-Orient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies, held at SOAS on 2nd December 2015, alongside Salman Sayyid, Ruth Mas, Brian Klug and chaired by Samia Bano.  Details for the journal can be found here.  Robert Gleave also gave a presentation entitled "Muck and Brass: Some further thoughts on early Imami legal hadith" at the Islam@250 conference in memory of the great G.H.A. Juynboll (a former member of the Exeter University staff), held in Leiden, 3rd-5th December 2015. Details of the conference can be found here.

Islam, Law and the State: Workshop and Public Lecture by Professor Mohammad Fadel, 7th January 2016, University of Exeter.  How have Muslims conceived of "law" and how has law framed Islam and Muslims?  This interdisciplinary workshop will examine the two sides of the relationship between Islam and the law from both historical and contemporary perspectives.  The workshop will end with a lecture by Mohammad Fadel (Toronto) entitled "Islamic Constitutionalism as an Alternative Approach to Islamic Legal Reform". A programme will be posted here in early December.

Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory, Istanbul, 21st-24th February 2016.  This conference, a collaboration of the Islamic Reformulations project (University of Exeter) and the Faculty of Theology (Istanbul University) will examine the intellectual history of Islamic legal interpretation, with a focus on legal theory.  Provisional paper titles for this conference are now available here with details of the registration package for those interested in attending.

Publications news: Robert Gleave and Istvan Kristo-Nagy (formerly the LIVIT Research Fellow) both have contributions to the recently published volume Accusations of Unbelief in Islam: A diachronic perspective on takfīr (Leiden, 2015), edited by C. Adang, H. Ansari, M. Fierro and S. Schmidtke.  Rob's contribution is titled "Abandoning Prayer and the Declaration of Unbelief in Imāmī Jurispdudence" (pp.244-272); and Istvan's is "Denouncing the Damned Zindīq! Struggle and Interaction between Monotheism and Dualism" (pp.56-81).  Here are more details on this very useful collection.

Conference news: Robert Gleave spoke on "Securitising Area Studies: Recent Developments in ISlamic and Middle Eastern Studies" at the Area Studies in the 21st Century conference, 9th November, at University College London.  Details on the conference available here. Mustafa Baig, formerly our Research Fellow (now Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff), spoke at the inaugural event of the GW4 URL" Religion and Law project, giving a paper entitled "The Anti-Sharia Movement in the Light of Islamic Jurisprudence", 10th November at the University of Bath.  Details here.

Thoughtcrimes: Politics, Communities and Security 1pm-5.15pm, 21st October 2015, jointly convened with the Department of History, University of Birmingham.  This seminar, the third in our series on the issues raised by recent counter-extremism legislation, will examine the practical implications of legislation in communities, in the workplace and in universities.  A programme is available here, together with details of how to register your attendance, and directions to the venue here.

Islamic Peace Ethics: Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Modern Islamic Thought, 15-17 October 2015: ITHF (Institute for Theology and Peace), Hamburg.  This workshop includes presentations by an international array of speakers, including three researchers associated with the LIVIT and Islamic Reformulations projects: Dr Sarah Elibiary (former Islamic Reformulations Research Fellow, now SOAS) on "In Quest for Legitimacy: Usul and furu' in Modern Violent Discourses"; Dr Bianka Speidl (former LIVIT PhD student) on "The Rhetoric of Power in Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah's al-Islam wa-mantiq al-quwwa"; Rob Gleave's lecture will be on "Violence through Example: the use of Sunna in Shi'i and Salafi justifications for violent action".

Conference: Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory, Istanbul, 21st-24th February 2016.  You can now register your interest in attending this event, through the instructions on the page here.  The conference is a collaboration between the Islamic Reformulations project and the Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University.  A first iteration of the conference programme will be available soon.

Uncovering the Divine Law in Islam: A workshop on Muslim Legal Theory 4-7th October 2015.  This workshop was held in Exeter recently.  Many thanks to all involved.  A programme of the workshop is available here; the themes developed here will also be explored in the "Reformulation and Hermeneutics" conference in Istanbul in February 2015.

Uncovering the Divine Law in Islam: A workshop on Muslim Legal Theory 4-7th October 2015.  The programme for this workshop is now available here; Focusing on the science of ethics in classical and modern Islamic jurisprudence, the workshop will include research presentations, reflections on current state of the study of Islamic legal theory, and sessions exploring how uṣūl works can be translated and made available to a wider audience.

The Role of Religion in Security Challenges: Policy Workshop 21st September 2015.  Rob Gleave, along with other PACCS Leadership Fellows, spoke at this POlicy Workshop, participating in discussions with a mixed audience of policy makers, journalists, practitioners and academics at the Work Foundation, London.  The workshop was convened under the auspices of the RCUK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research programme.

Conference: Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory, Istanbul, 21st-24th February 2016.  This is advanced notice of a collaborative conference between the Islamic Reformulations project and the Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University.  The conference will examine how, through history, Sharīʿa rules have been justified by Muslim thinkers, with a focus on the debates and discussions in works of legal theory.  The conference will bring together leading researchers from the Middle East, Europe and North America in the discipline.  Preliminary Details, including a list of presenters, are here.

Recent Presentations: Rob Gleave talks at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (Riyadh) and the Shia Studies Institute (London).  Rob Gleave gave a lecture entitled "Apocalyptic Islam in Southern Iraq: Shia Jurisprudence and Messianic Movements" as part of a two conferences on consecutive days at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh, 2-3 September.  The international programme comprised day one focusing on Shi'ite Identity, Party Politics and Militants; day two looking at Jihadist Discourses, Ideologies and Networks.  He also gave a talk as part of an international programme at the Annual Conference of the Shia Studies Institute, London, entitled "Twelver Uṣūlī Debates in the Philosophy of Language after Ākhund al-Khurasānī".  Details here.


Uncovering the Divine Law in Islam: A workshop on Muslim Legal Theory This workshop will take place at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, 4-7th October 2015.  It will focus on the science of ethical and legal theory in classical and modern Islamic jurisprudence as developed in works of uṣūl al-fiqh. The workshop will include research presentations, reflections on current state of the study of Islamic legal theory, and the sessions exploring how uṣūl works can be translated and made available to a wider audience. A draft programme can be viewed here.

Non-violent extremism: All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law Rob Gleave spoke at the APPG meeting on the Rule of Law at the House of Commons on 14th July 2015.  The meeting, coordinated with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and chaired by Rt Honorable Dominic Grieve MP, reviewed the issues raised by the proposed Extremism Bill with over 35 members of both Houses.  Details on the event here and here.

Thought Crimes and the Control of Subversive Views The most recent seminar in the Thoughtcrimes seminar series took place on 22nd June 2015 at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.  This was a joint seminar with the of Professor John Wolff (Open University), and covered subject as diverse as blasphemy law, radicalisation, the recent "Trojan Horse" affair in Birmingham and the implications for communities of the proposed Extremism Bill.  A programme of the day can be viewed here.  The next Thoughtcrimes event will take place in the early Autumn.  Details of this will follow soon.

New Directions in Islamic Thought: Lecture Series and Workshop:  The last event in the series at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, is the public lecture by Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini (SOAS) on Tuesday 16th June titled "Muslim Legal Tradition and the Challenge of Gender Equality". This is followed on Wednesday 17th June with the workshop "Reformulating Islamic Thought in the West", opening with a lecture by Dr Carool Kersten (KCL) titled "Anti-foundationalism in Contemporary Muslim Thought". Details are available here, with registration details. Details of the New Directions lecture series, including the most recent lecture by Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University) are available here. 

Thoughtcrimes and the control of subversive views: A one-day workshop22nd June 2015 at the University of Exeter.  Following on from the successful workshop on 14th May, held jointly with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law (see the blog, programme and report), we convene the second Thoughtcrimes workshop, looking at the issues raised by the UK government's proposed Extremism Bill in historical context.  A programme is available here, with details of how to register to attend.

Dr Mustafa Baig to join Cardiff University:  Congratulations to Mustafa Baig, Research Fellow on the Islamic Reformulations project since 2013, whose time in Exeter comes to an end this month.  He has been appointed as Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University, starting in September 2015. This is marvellous news both for him and the project.

Publications News: In addition to the recently published first volume of our Violence in Islamic Thought series, Mustafa Baig's "Non-Military Aspects of Kitāb al-Jihād" is now available in Elisabeth Kendall and Ewan Stein (eds), Twenty-First Century Jihad: Law Society and Military Action (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015), pp.97-111.

Thoughtcrimes? A workshop on the Criminalisation of Extremist Views: The UK Government recently announced some proposed new laws aimed at countering extremism.  As part of Rob Gleave's Islamic Reformulations Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship, we are convening a series of seminars looking at the issues behind the legislation, including their potential effect on the Muslim community.  The first seminar was on 14th May 2015, at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, London.  With Lawrence McNamara, Deputy Director of the Centre, Rob has written a blog on the workshop.  You can also access a programme and a short report.   The next workshop is on 22nd June in Exeter - details to follow.

New Directions in Islamic Thought: Lecture Series and Workshop:  The lecture series is already underway: details here.  Our next lecture will be by Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University) on 3rd June: "The Construction of Exegetical Authority in 20th Century Tafsir: The Case of Bint al-Shātiʾ".  Details of the workshop "Reformulating Islamic Thought in the West" on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June, with public lectures from Drs Ziba Mir-Hosseini (SOAS) and Carool Kertsen (KCL) are available here, now with registration details.

New Directions in Islamic Thought: Lecture Series and Workshop:  The lecture series is already underway: details here.  Details on the workshop "Reformulating Islamic Thought in the West" on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June, with public lectures from Drs Ziba Mir-Hosseini (SOAS) and Carool Kertsen (KCL) are available here, now with registration details.

Dr Bianka Speidl: It is with great pleasure that we announce the award of a PhD to Bianka Speidl, the PhD student on the Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought project, and contributor to Islamic Reformulations.  Her thesis, entitled "The Conceptualisation of Power in the Thought of Muḥammad Ḥusayn Faḍlallāh" was passed at a viva voce examination on 6th May at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.

Publications News: Violence in Islamic Thought: from the Qurʾān to the Mongols published: The first volume in the series of Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought edited by Robert Gleave and Istvan Kristo-Nagy has been published by Edinburgh University Press, details here.  Volumes 2 and 3 are currently under preparation.  In other publications news, Rob Gleave's "Early Shi'ite Hermeneutics and the Dating of Kitāb Sulaym Ibn Qays" (BSOAS, 78.1 (2015)) is now available, details here.  Mustafa Baig's "Operating Islamic Jurisprudence in non-Muslim Jurisdictions" is available  here.

Recent Media engagements: Rob Gleave participated in Radio 4's "In Our Time" programme on al-Ghazālī, with Peter Adamson and Carole Hillenbrand.  You can download the programme here. Mustafa Baig's recent interviews on the depictions of the Prophet can be found here, and a video of his contribution to the "Getting Religion" event in January 2015 is available here.

Mustafa Baig's latest article is published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  Entitled 
"Operating Islamic Jurisprudence in Non-Muslim Jurisdictions: Traditional Islamic Precepts and Contemporary Controversies in the United States", it is part of a special issue on Shari'a and Halakha in North America.  Download here.

Mustafa Baig on BBC Radio talking about the controversy around images of the Prophet.  He was interviewed by BBC radio stations across the UK in a 2-hour session (!), broadcast between 7am and 9am on Sunday 1st March.  Dr Baig also took part in the Research Seminar debate at the University of Bristol, "Muslim-Catholic Relations Since Paul VI" on 10th February 2015.  Details here.  His previous interview on the topic is available here, and a video of his contribution to the "Getting Religion" event in January 2015 is available here.

Reformers and Intellectual Reformulation in Contemporary Islam was held 29th-30th January 2015 at SOAS, Senate House and Queen Mary University London.  Well-attended and sparking much fascinating debate, the event also incorporated Professor Muhammad Qasim Zaman's public lecture "The Contested Terrain of Sufism in British India and Pakistan". The final programme is available here.  Given the enormous interest in this symposium, and the many paper submissions we were unable to accommodate, we aim to hold a follow up workshop in June this year.  Details to follow.  For now, thanks to all those involved in making this a success: participants, attendees and organisers.

Upcoming engagements: Rob Gleave will give the 2015 Lecture at the Centre for the Study of Islam and the West, QMUL on Wednesday 4th March.  The lecture will be titled "The Limits of Violence in Islamic Thought". Details available here 

The Islamic Reformulations project will also be hosting a plenary session at the British Association for Islamic Studies Conference, Senate House, 13th-15th April, with contributions from members of the project team (details to follow).Reformers and Intellectual Reformulation in Contemporary Islam: 29th-30th January 2015.  The final programme, with venues and instructions is now available here. This two-day symposium will focus on the patterns of reformulation in contemporary Muslim theology, law, exegesis, mysticism and political thought to be held at SOAS and QMU London.  The symposium will include a public lecture at SOAS by Professor Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Princeton University, see below).

Islamic Reformulations Public Lecture: On Thursday 29th January, Professor Muhammed Qasim Zaman (Princeton University) will give a public lecture for the Islamic Reformulations project entitled "The Contested Terrain of Sufism: British India and Pakistan". Professor Qasim Zaman (Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion at Princeton University) leading expert on modern Islamic intellectual movements, has authored a number of seminal studies on the topic, including The Ulama in Contemporary Islam: Custodians of Change (2002) and Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age (2012).  In this lecture he will address the question of how Sufism in colonial South Asia and in contemporary Pakistan has fared between its continuing appeal and the sharp attacks on it, and how issues relating to reform, governance, and violence have shaped its course.  SOAS Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 1900-2030.  Details here.

"Getting Religion": Mustafa Baig spoke at the event "Getting Religion: Challenging Religious Illiteracy in an age of Global Uncertainty" on 6th January 2015 at Portcullis House.  The event was jointly convened by John Wolffe's Religion Martyrdom and Global Uncertainties project and Lapido Media. A report on the event is available here.  Dr Baig also composed a column on the attacks in France for the Tablet, available here and was interviewed on BBC radio concerning images of the Prophet. Listen here.

Reforming Islamic Legal Thought Workshop: This successful one-day workshop took place at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, on 25th November 2014.  After the workshop, Professor Rainer Brunner (CNRS) gave a lecture entitled "Between authoritarianism and intellectualism: Some Recent Controversies on the Role of Hadith in Sunnite Islam".  For the programme and images from the day, click here.

Conference News: Mustafa Baig will speak at the event "Getting Religion: Challenging Religious Illiteracy in an age of Global Uncertainty" on 6th January 2015 at Portcullis House.  The event is jointly convened by John Wolff's Religion Martyrdom and Global Uncertainties project and Lapido Media.  Details here.  Rob Gleave gave a lecture entitled "What's the Point of uṣūl al-fiqh?  Literalism in modern Shīʿī legal theory" at the al-Mahdi Institute in Birmingham on 12th November 2015; he participated in the British Council-CEDAR Seminar at Chatham House, Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond, 13-14th November - details here and here; he also gave a lecture on "Shiism in Iran: Democracy and theocracy" at the Iran Society on 26th November 2014.  From 13th to 16th December, he was in Riyadh, participating in a preparatory workshop entitled "Islam and Conflict Norms" at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, jointly convened with Syracuse University's INSCT.

Past Islamic Reformulations Events (with links):
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.

Lectures, podcasts and articles:
A video of the Frank Gardner event, held in March 2013, is available here.  
For El Seed's "Multiple Identities video, click here
For Mohammed Ali's Future Cube video, click here.  
The Radio 3 series "The Islamic Golden Age" included Rob Gleave's thoughts on Ali b. Abi Talib.  Listen here
At Oxford University, Rob Gleave's “Sharīʿa Law and Muslim Legal Mythology” at the “Unpacking the Promise of the Sharīʿa” workshop, on 16th May 2013 is here
Rob Gleave's Mellon Lecture at the Divinity School, University of Chicago, "Islam, Violence and the Sacred: Insurgent Shi'ism in Islamic History" on 18th January 2013 is also available. Listen here
The Conversation published an article by Rob Gleave: "What is Shari'a and how does it operate? Click here.  
Rob Gleave's Comment Piece on the role of the Prophet's tomb in modern Muslim debates over religious practice, published in the Independent (1/9/2014) is available here.

Reforming Islamic Legal Thought Workshop Programme: 25th November 2014, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.  A one-day workshop for both early career and established researchers examining the legal reform programmes of influential contemporary Muslim thinkers. After the workshop, Professor Rainer Brunner (CNRS) will give a public lecture as part of the workshop entitled "Between authoritarianism and intellectualism: Some Recent Controversies on the Role of Hadith in Sunnite Islam".  For more information click here.

Conference News: Rob Gleave spoke in the Islamicate Symposium (18th October 2014 at University of Chicago), convened to examine the influence and legacy of Marshall Hodgson's Venture of Islam in the understanding of Islam in Universities and beyond. Details here.  He also participated in the Ismaili Studies conference held prior to the Symposium, 17th-18th October. He delivered the paper "The First Martyr and the Sarbadarids: a Dry Run for Safavid Shiism?" at the Confessional Ambiguity, Alid Loyalty and tashayyu' hasan conference, 19th-20th September, Pembroke College, University of Oxford. 

Call for Papers: Reformers and Intellectual Reformulation in Contemporary Islam: 29th-30th January 2015.  A two-day symposium on the patterns of reformulation in contemporary Muslim theology, law, exegesis, mysticism and political thought to be held at SOAS and QMU London.  Closing date for paper proposals: 17th November 2014.  More details here.  The symposium will include a public lecture at SOAS by Professor Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Princeton University) on the evening of 29th January 2015.

Call for Papers: Reforming Islamic Legal Thought Workshop: 25th November 2014, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.  A one-day workshop for both early career and established researchers examining the legal reform programmes of influential contemporary Muslim thinkers. For the call for papers, click here.

Publication News: Rob Gleave co-edited with Kevin Reinhart the collection: Islamic Law in Theory: Studies in Honor of Bernard Weiss (Brill, 2014).  He also contributed "Literal meaning and Interpretation in early Imāmī Jurisprudence" to that volume (pp.231-256).  His "Deriving Rules of Law" (pp.57-72) has appeared in the collection edited by Ruud Peters and Peri Bearman, Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law (Ashgate, 2014). His chapter "Muḥammad Bāqir al-Bihbhihānī (d.1205/1791)" is now available in David Powers, Susan Spectorsky and Oussama al-Arabi (eds), Islamic Legal Thought: A Compendium of Jurists (Brill, 2013), pp.415-434.

Dr Mustafa Baig on Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. Mustafa Baig talked at the annual gathering of the International Council for Christians and Jews in Buenos Aires, 19-21 August 2014.  He examined the links between the rise and dangers of Islamophobia and Anti-semitism.  He also spoke on "Reformulating Theologies and Jurisprudence of the Other". Details here.

Rob Gleave speaks at Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin: Rob Gleave's seminar "Violence on the Margins: Locating Punishment in Late Medieval Fiqh" took place at the ZMO in Berlin 28th May 2014.  More Details here.

Rob Gleave speaks at Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School: Rob Gleave opened up the "Heterodox Approaches to Islamic Law and Policy" conference, organised by Cyra Akila Choudhury and Vanja Hamzic at Harvard Law School, 2nd-3rd June 2014.  He spoke on "Legal Norms and Normal Laws: Why Studying 'Heterodox' Islamic law matters".  Alongside him on the opening panel on "Heterodoxy and Critique in Islamic Legal Thought" were Professors Kecia Ali and Hayder Ala Hamoudi.  More details here, with a conference programme here.

Dr Mustafa Baig in Dialogue with Abbot Timothy Wright.  Mustafa Baig speaks on Muslim reactions to Vatican II ad the Muslim-Roman Catholic Relations at the conference "Inspire: Ecclesiam Suam and Its Legacy", 16th-18th June 2014. Details here.

Violence in Islamic Thought from the Qur'an to the Mongols - edited by I. T. Kristo-Nagy and R. Gleave, the first of three volumes on Violence in Islamic thought, major outputs of the LIVIT and the Islamic Reformulations projects, is announced (to be published later this year) by Edinburgh University Press.  For the catalogue reference (pdf), click here.

An Audience with BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner OBE.  Rob Gleave chaired "An Audience with Frank Gardner" on 19th March 2013 as part of the "Global Uncertainties" Research Programme - a report on the event here.

Rob Gleave presents on "The Permissability of Women Judges in Shīʿī law" in Princeton University at the workshop "Of ʿĀlimahs, Muḥaddithas and Mujtahidas: The Past and the Present of Female Religious Authority in Shīʿī Law", 6-8 March 2014.  Details here.

Future Cube at TedxExeter:  The Cube lives on! Panels from Mohammed Ali's Future Cube - created for the Islamic Reformulations project (video here) formed part of the backdrop for the TedxExeter event on 28th March at the Northcott Theatre, University Exeter Campus.  See pics here.

Professor Wael Hallaq: at SOAS and in London.  Public lecture and Seminar – in a joint programme with the NWO-AHRC Sharia Project, the Islamic Reformulations project convened a major public lecture in London on 4th February, and a two day workshop in Exeter, joint with the Leiden University Centre for Islam and Society.  A summary and images from the event are available here.

Rob Gleave participated in the event "Re-engaging with Iran" at the British Academy on 26th February 2014 - details here.

Islamic Reformulations Graffiti Art Videos are available for viewing.  They tell not only the story of the creation of the artworks, but also the background to the Islamic Reformulations project.  For El Seed's "Multiple Identities video, click here. For Mohammed Ali's Future Cube video, click here.  Each is around 5 minutes in length.

Islamic Reformulations public lecture: "Regarding Liberty, Freedom, Representation and the Rule of Law, how would the Sharia fare?" by Professor Wael Hallaq (Columbia University), held jointly with (and at) the Law School of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) on Tuesday 4th February, details here. This is then followed by the Sharia Project workshop, with Professor Hallaq as the visiting scholar, at the University of Exeter, 6th and 7th February 2014.  A draft programme is available here.  The workshop is jointly convened with Leiden University Centre for Islam and Society and will include a paper by Islamic Reformulations Research Fellow, Dr Mustafa Baig.

Robert Gleave speaks on Political Islam, Shi'ism and Violence at the First Imam Khomeini International Ceremony on Political Science at the Political Studies Association of the Seminary in the Holy City of Qum, Iran on Thursday 23rd January 2014.  The press release (in Persian) can be seen here. This follows on from two VoIP seminars on the same topic, on which see the reports (again in Persian) here and here. A report on his speech can be viewed here.

Robert Gleave's Response to "To Every Prophet, an Adversary": Jewish Enmity in Islam by Professor David Nirenberg, University of Chicago is available here, and scroll down to see other responses.

Rob Gleave's recent lectures, podcasts and articles:  Podcasts are also available - the Radio 3 series "The Islamic Golden Age" included Rob Gleave's thought's on Ali b. Abi Talib.  Listen here. At Oxford University, his “Sharīʿa Law and Muslim Legal Mythology” at the “Unpacking the Promise of the Sharīʿa” workshop, on 16th May 2013 is here. His Mellon Lecture at the Divinity School, University of Chicago, "Islam, Violence and the Sacred: Insurgent Shi'ism in Islamic History" on 18th January 2013 is also available. Listen here. Rob Gleave's The Conversation article "What is Shari'a and how does it operate?" is available here

Dr Mustafa Baig Research Fellow for 2013-4. Dr Sarah Elibiary's time as Research Fellow came to an end in October 2013, and we wish her all the best for her future endeavours.  The Research Fellow for the year 2013-14 will be Dr Mustafa Baig, who has been working on the Project's public engagement activities since March 2013.  More details about Dr Baig can be found here 

eL Seed "Multiple Identities", 3rd October 2013. The French-Tunisian graffiti artist, eL Seed visited the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies as part of the Islamic Reformulations project.  During the day he led a workshop and created his Multiple Identities mural.  To see the video of the day, click here.  A flyer for the event is available here.

FutureCube on display in IAIS:  Mohammed Ali's Futurecube, together with his minicube, are now unwrapped and on display at IAIS, University of Exeter, after installation at the University Piazza and then outside the Cathedral.  For details, click here.

Islam and Christianity in the Public Space, a collaborative round-table event with Exeter Cathedral, was held on Saturday 7th September 2013.  Speakers included the Dean of the Cathedral Jonathan Draper, Mohammad Ali (the FutureCube artist), Professor Emma Loosely, Dr Mustafa Baig, Ms Alyaa Ebbiary and the Imam of the Exeter Mosque Mohammed Abrar.  Poster/Flyer available here, and a report of the event is available here.

eL Seed and Islamic Reformulations, 3rd October 2013 The French-Tunisian graffiti artist, eL Seed will be visiting the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies as part of the Islamic Reformulations project.  See his website for his work. During the day he will be leading a workshop and decorating a panel at IAIS, and in the evening he gives a presentation of his work.  A flyer for the event is available here.

Islam and Christianity in the Public Space, a collaborative round-table event with Exeter Cathedral, was held on Saturday 7th September 2013.  Speakers included the Dean of the Cathedral Jonathan Draper, Mohammad Ali (the FutureCube artist), Professor Emma Loosely, Dr Mustafa Baig, Ms Alyaa Ebbiary and the Imam of the Exeter Mosque Mohammed Abrar.  Poster/Flyer available here, and a report of the event is available here.

Mohammed Ali's FutureCube on display at Exeter Cathedral. The Cube will be there until 10th September 2013, and there's a series of guides (leaflet, audio, audiovisual) introducing the cube to visitors.  They are available here.

Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Modern Islamic Thought Conference, 2nd-3rd September 2013, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, with opening and closing lectures by Professors Bruce Lawrence (Duke) and Ruud Peters (Amsterdam).  This conference is a collaboration between the LIVIT project and Islamic Reformulations. A final programme is available here with registration details for those interested in attending.

Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Modern Islamic Thought Conference, 2nd-3rd September 2013, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, with opening and closing lectures by Professors Bruce Lawrence (Duke) and Khaled Abou El Fadl (UCLA). This conference, a collaboration between the LIVIT project and Islamic Reformulations, now has a draft programme available here with registration details for those interested in attending.

Resonate & Reformulate: Islam, Creativity, Performance”, 11th-13th June 2013. Islamic Reformulations held the first of its explorations of the renewal of Muslim thought and belief and its re-expression through creative media. To see images of the event, click here. For Aerosol Arabic's comments on the Future Cube he created, click here. Images of the event here: report to follow; ITV media coverage here; BBC interview here.

Mustafa Baig lectured at the World Abrahamic Faiths forum in Aix en Provence, 26-28 June 2013. Details here.

Shari'a Law and State Law: 18th June 2013: held at SOAS - report on this event available here; SOAS press release here.

Rob Gleave's recent lectures and articles: Rob Gleave's The Conversation article "What is Shari'a and how does it operate?" is available here. Two podcasts are also available - at Oxford University: “Sharīʿa Law and Muslim Legal Mythology” at the “Unpacking the Promise of the Sharīʿa” workshop, on 16th May 2013. Listen here. His Mellon Lecture at the Divinity School, University of Chicago, "Islam, Violence and the Sacred: Insurgent Shi'ism in Islamic History" on 18th January 2013 is also available. Listen here.

Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Modern Islamic Thought Conference, 2nd-3rd September 2013, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.  This conference joint between the LIVIT project and Islamic Reformulations, now has a draft programme available here.Fourth LIVIT conference, 2th-3rd September 2013, "Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Modern Islamic Thought" - for information, click here.

Islamic Law as State Law: A Round Table: 18th June 2013 at the School Oriental and African Studies.  Details here.

Resonate and Reformulate: Islam, Creativity, Performance: 11th, 12th and 13th June at the University of Exeter, with Mohammed Ali of Aerosol Arabic, and Sufi Dub master, CeltIslam.

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