Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory,

Istanbul University

21st-24th February 2016. 

Supported by

Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University

Islamic Reformulations project, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter


This collaborative conference between the Islamic Reformulations project and the Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University took place in Istanbul 21-24 February 2016.  The conference examined 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 brought together leading researchers from the Middle East, Europe and North America in the discipline.  The conference organisers were Professors Robert Gleave (University of Exeter and Director of the Islamic Reformulations Project) and Murteza Bedir (Dean of the Theology Faculty, University of Istanbul). Here are some images from our time in Istanbul, courtesy of Dr Mustafa Baig

Monday 22nd February 2016

Day 1: 

09.00: Opening Remarks: Professors Murteza Bedir (Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University) and Robert Gleave (Director of the Islamic Reformulations project, University of Exeter)

09.30: Panel A: Situating Uṣūl 

Zysow, Aron (Independent Scholar, Boston): “Causal analogy (qiyās al-ʿilla): a historical overview.”

Reinhart, Kevin (Dartmouth) "Punctuality and Laxity: Deferred Performance of Ritual Obligations in Uṣūlī theory"

11.40 Panel B: The Elaboration of later uṣūl al-fiqh

Opwis, Felicitas (Georgetown): Between Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿa and Tashrīʿ Islāmī: Ibn ʿĀshūr’s Navigation of the Secondary Rules of Law

Fatemi, Seyed Mohammed (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran): “Conjectural Certainty: Shiite Epistemic Theory of Insidād revisited”

13.20 Lunch

Afternoon: Manuscript Tour

16.30 Panel C: The Emergence of uṣūl

Vishanoff, David (Oklahoma):“The Structure and Composition of al-Shāfiʿī’s Risāla: Three Books, Three Outlines, Three Arguments.”

Stewart, Devin (Emory): “Hadith Reports that Present Ordered Lists of Uṣūl and Their Implications for the Early History of Uṣūl al-Fiqh

18.10 Concluding remarks, Day 1 (Robert Gleave)

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Day 2:

09.30: Panel D: Contested modern uṣūl al-fiqh

Ahmet Temel (University of Istanbul): "Was there a Zaydi uṣūl al-fiqh?"

Morvarid, Mahmoud (IMP, Tehran): "Rational Exception vs Rational Caution: on a Contemporary Debate in Shīʿite uṣūl al-fiqh."

11.10-11.40: Coffee/tea

Bedir, Murteza (Istanbul): “Overemphazing the role of uṣūl al-fiqh: Ijtihād debates and uṣūl al- fiqh

     View from the Conference Room window

12.30 Lunch  

14.00 Panel E: Emerging themes in early legal theory

Ozen, Sukru (Istanbul University): “Abū Mansūr al-Māturīdī's Concept of the Bayān"

El-Shamsy, Ahmed (Chicago): "Continuity and rupture in fourth/tenth-century legal theory”

15.40 Tea/Coffee 

16.10 Panel F: Taqlīd

Chaumont, Eric (Aix-Marseilles): "Al-Bāqillānī vs. Taqlīd: Another peculiarity of al-Bāqillānī's legal theory"

Qazwini, Sayed Hossein (Islamic Seminary, Karbala): "Did Ibn Idrīs al-Hillī end the era of taqlīd after al-Shaykh al-Ṭūsī?"

1750 Concluding remarks, Day 2 (Robert Gleave): Close

Wednesday 24th February 2016 

Day 3

0930 Panel G: Reason

Gleave, Robert (Exeter): “Something and Nothing: Assuming No-assessment and/or Licitness in classical Shīʿī uṣūl al-fiqh"

Schwarb, Gregor (Berlin): “Muʿtazilī uṣūl al-fiqh at the service of inner-Jewish polemics."

11.10 Manuscript Tour Topkapi Palace Library

    Public Session Panel 

14.30 Panel H: Language

Adang, Camilla (Tel Aviv): “Ibn Ḥazm's discussion of Dalīl al-khiṭāb in al-Iḥkām fī uṣūl al-aḥkām” 

Cohen, Mordechai (Yeshiva University, New York): “Adaptations of uṣūl al-fiqh by two Rabbanite Jewish thinkers in al-Andalus, Moses Ibn Ezra (Abū Hārūn Mūsā bin Yaʿaqūb ibn Ezra) and Moses Maimonides (Mūsā ibn Maymūn)”

1610: Closing remarks: Robert Gleave and Murteza Bedir

17.00 Public Session: The future study of Islamic Legal Theory

18.30 Close  

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