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Centre of Islamic Studies

CIS Seminar Series

B111, Wednesdays 1-2pm
Convener: Professor MAS Abdel Haleem

The Centre of Islamic Studies Seminar Series aims to provide a forum in which lectures are presented on a wide variety of subjects relating to the Arab world and Islamic tradition, both past and present. Papers address issues of specific academic and general interest in the field, in combination with topics of relevance to contemporary Muslim life in Britain and interfaith relations. The invited speakers are drawn from a range of academic and professional backgrounds, and include visiting scholars and associates of the Centre from both within the UK and the wider international community.

The Seminar Series is held on Wednesdays, during term-time, between 1-2 pm. Seminars are free and open to the public as well as SOAS staff and students (unless otherwise stated), and visiting scholars and interested members of the public are welcome.

Should you wish to be kept informed of Centre of Islamic Studies activities please email your request to be put on the Centre’s mailing list to cis@soas.ac.uk leaving your name and email address.

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Previous Events in this series

Without God, no World. The World's Dependence on God in post-Classical falsafa and kalām

Laura Hassan, SOAS, University of London

29 October 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A Recital of the Holy Quran and zansheng (praise) from China

Ye Chenghui Ahong

With an introduction by Dr Rachel Harris. Part of the AHRC network 'Sounding Islam in China'.

22 October 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Inclusivity and Inclusive Worship: The Key to Islamic Reform

Halima Karwa & Farouk Peru, Inclusive Mosque Initiative

15 October 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Human Reason & the Law: Reconstructing Ibn Taymiyya's Legal Epistemology

Sophia Vasalou (Oxford Brookes)

This Event been Cancelled

19 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Historical comparisons and contrasts between Jewish and Muslim community representative organisations in the UK

Khadijah Elshayyal

This seminar traces aspects of the emergence and development of two Jewish and Muslim community representative organisations in the UK, namely the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain.

19 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Qur'an & Identity in Contemporary Chinese Fiction

Wen-Chin Ouyang

12 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Muslims, Multiculturalism and Trust

Amina Yaqin (SOAS, University of London)

26 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Indeed, We have Heard a Qur'an Wondrous (Q. 72:1): Deafness and the Role of Sound in the Qur'an

Andrew Rippin (Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria)

5 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

From Historical Martial Art to Modern National Sport: Prolegomena to a History of Islamic Archery

Philipp Wirtz (SOAS)

29 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Muslim Contribution to Religious Discrimination Legislation in Britain

Mohammed Abdul Aziz (Nohoudh Scholar, SOAS, University of London)

22 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Minority Legal Orders: Islamic Law in Secular Liberal Democracies

Maleiha Malik (King's College)

15 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Evolving Relationship Between Religion & Ethnicity Among British Muslims

Farrah Sheikh (Nohoudh Scholar, SOAS, University of London)

4 December 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Hujja & Sunnah, Presence & Absence: Representing Authority in Early Shi`i hadith

George O. Warner (SOAS, University of London)

27 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Early Islamic Local Historiography of the Arabian Peninsula

Harry Munt (Oxford University)

20 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Ethno-Religious Identity of British Bangladeshi Muslims

Fatima B. Rajina (Nohoudh Scholar, SOAS, University of London)

13 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Through the Lens of the Adam Pericope: Towards a Re-Reading of Surat al-Baqara

Marianna Klar (SOAS, University of London)

30 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

British Muslim Experience of Discrimination, Equality & Integration

Mohammed Abdul Aziz (Nohoudh Scholar, SOAS, University of London)

23 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Values of Veiling & the Social Construction of a Problem

Ziad Muhammad al-Amir El-Hady (Nohoudh Scholar, SOAS, University of London)

16 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Inventors or Compilers: The Role of Qur’anic Fragments in Literary Compilation Works

Nuha al-Sha‘ar (American University of Sharja)

20 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Shahrastani on the ta’wīl of Surat al-Baqara

Toby Mayer (Institute of Ismaili Studies)

30 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Armour Poems of Abul Ala al-Maarri

Peter Philips (SOAS, University of London)

16 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Universal Salvation in the Theologies of Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya

Jon Hoover, University of Nottingham

14 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Thaʿlabī’s Methodological Strategies: Between History and Tafsīr

Marianna Klar

7 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Narratives of Eve’s Creation in Medieval and Modern Qur’an interpretations

Karen Bauer (Institute of Ismaili Studies)

22 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Poetry, Philosophy and Revivalism: Muhammad Iqbal and the Aftermath

Jan-Peter Hartung, SOAS

8 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Reflections upon the Qur'anic Khilāfah

Ramon Harvey, SOAS

1 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Qur'anic Ethics of War: Some Observations from a Scholar of Warfare

Dr Joel Hayward (Dean of the Royal Air Force College)

25 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Introduction (mudkhal) as a literary genre in Greek, Arabic and Latin

Charles Burnett

18 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Natural Philosophy in the Islamic World

Peter Adamson (King's College, University of London)

11 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Who Needs Religion? (6–7pm, KLT)

Karen Armstrong

14 December 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Social Media and the Encounter between the Abrahamic Faiths

Edward Kessler

7 December 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Language of Qur'an 2:259 and Ancient Near Eastern sleep stories

Robert Hoyland (Oriental Institute, Oxford)

23 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Anti-Islam Politics in European Liberal Democracies

Maleiha Malik (King's College, Univesity of London)

2 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

New Sources for Abbasid History: the Robb documents and the Belitung Shipwreck

Hugh Kennedy (SOAS)

26 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Islamic Law in Britain

Ian Edge

19 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Poetry in the Siyar Shaʿbiyyah

Peter Phillips

12 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A History of the Bible in the Islamic Religious Tradition

Walid Saleh (University of Toronto)

16 March 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Abu Hayyan al-Tawhidi and Ethical Thought in the Fourth Century of Islam

Nuha Al-Shaar

9 March 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Islamic Prophetic Legend in Sirat Sayf b. Dhi Yazan

Helen Blatherwick

2 March 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Building Bridges: an Initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Reverend David Marshall

9 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ibn al-Athir's Narration on Relations between Nur al-Din and Salah al-Din: A Critical Study

Farid Elshayall

2 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Iraqi Women's Movement: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Nadje Al-Ali

26 January 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

'The Precious Stones of Happy Arabia': 17th-Century England & Arabic Science

Dr Rim Turkmani (Imperial College, London)

8 December 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

New Light on Twelfth-Century Ash'arism: Ibn Ghaylan’s Criticism of the Materia Medica of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine

Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS)

1 December 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mystical Hermeneutics & Cosmology in the Tafsir ascribed by the Sufis to Ja`far al-Sadiq

Farhana Mayer (Institute of Ismaili Studies & SOAS)

24 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The Significance of the muwaqqit in the Development of Islamic Astronomy

Maureen O'Rourke (SOAS)

3 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

History as Mirror for Princes: Reading Miskawayh's Tajarib al-Umam

Hugh N Kennedy

27 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Maimonides & the Study of Islamic Philosophy

Daniel Davies (Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit)

20 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The 'Decisive Treatise' of Averroes (Ibn Rushd) as a Dialectical Work'

Peter Adamson (King's College)

13 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Nails of St Claire and Fatimid Rock Crystals

Anna Contadini (Reader in the Art & Archaeology of Islam, SOAS)

24 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Jacques Berque's Analysis of Political Islam in N.Africa in the 1930's & 1940's: Past & Present

Clair Spencer (Head of Middle East & N.Africa Programme, Chatham House)

17 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Title TBC

Yasmin Khan (Curator, Science Museum)

10 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Honour and Violence Against Women in a Modern Shar`i discourse: a Palestinian Case Study

Lynn Welchman (Professor of Law, SOAS)

3 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Legal Exegesis in Early Imami Shi'ism

Robert Gleave (Professor of Arabic, University of Exeter)

24 February 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Decline and Fall: the calamitous reign of al-Muqtadir (908-932 CE)

Hugh Kennedy (Professor of Arabic, SOAS)

27 January 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Abu Bakr al-Razi: Doctor & Philosopher

Peter Adamson (Professor of Ancient & Medieval Philsophy, Kings College)

13 January 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Adam and the Fall between History and Tafsir: an Initial Exploration into al-Tabari's Methodological Strategies

Marianna Klar (Research Associate, SOAS)

9 December 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Al-Hassan b. al-Haytham: 10th Century Father of the Scientific Experimental Method

Nader El-Bizri (Research Associate, Ismaili Institute)

2 December 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Constitutionalism in Palestine

Judge Eugene Cotran (Visiting Professor of Law)

25 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A Discussion on the Work of Ahmad Moustafa

Ahmed Moustafa (Research Associate, SOAS)

18 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Purification of the Heart and Soul in Muslim, Christian and Hindu Sources

Savitiri Sperl (SOAS)

4 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Redeployment of Orientalist Themes in Contemporary Islamophobia

Kate Zebiri (Senior Lecturer in Arabic, SOAS)

28 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Shari'ah and English Law

Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones (Master of the Temple, Temple Church, London)

21 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Iraqi Women & Gender Ideologies between Secularism & Islamism

Nadje al-'Ali (Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS)

14 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Islamic Garden: Research and Methodology

Doris-Abouseif (Professor of Islamic Art and Archeology, SOAS)

18 March 2009, , G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Glamour, Glitter and Disaster: the Image of the ‘Abbasids in Islamic Spain and Morocco

Amira Bennison (Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge)

11 March 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Interfaith Dialogue: Chances and Challenges

Ahmad Al-Dubayan (Director, Islamic Cultural Centre)

4 March 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Jahiz and his Books

James Montgomery (Professor of Classical Arabic, Cambridge University)

25 February 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Shahrastani's Concept of the 'Hanif Revelation'

Toby Mayer (Research Associate, Institute of Ismaili Studies)

18 February 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Islam and World Peace

Mashood Baderin (Professor of Law, SOAS)

4 February 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Origin of the Harem in Islamic Architecture

Alistaire Northedge (Professeur d'Art et d'Archéologie Islamiques, Université de Paris I)

28 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Islam and the Golden Web

Paul Keeler (Director, The Golden Web Foundation)

21 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A Literary Tradition in Islamic Magic

Charles Burnett (Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe, Warburg Institute)

14 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Faith of Islam in the View of the Imams and Teachers in the Baltic Tartar World

Harry Norris (Professor Emeritus, SOAS)

3 December 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Should English Law Give More Recognition to Islamic Law?

Ian Edge (CIMELS, SOAS)

26 November 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Spirituality and Political Activism

Rebecca Masterton

19 November 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Islam on the Air

Mohamed Ali (CEO, Islam Channel)

12 November 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Laying an Old Myth to Rest: The ‘Satanic Verses’ Revisited

Abdelwahab El-Affendi (Democracy and Islam Programme, University of Westminster)

29 October 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Arab Silver Travels Far

Sonia Alexandrian (Journalist and Translator)

22 October 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Change and Continuity through the Early Islamic Conquests

Hugh Kennedy (SOAS)

15 October 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM