Book Talk Conciliation in the Qur'an (Shafi Fazaluddin & Joseph Lowry)

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Shafi Fazaluddin & Joe Lowry with Muhammad Abdel Haleem

The Centre of Islamic Studies' SOAS, University of London, will be hosting a conversation between Shafi Fazaluddin (author) and Professor Joseph E. Lowry (University of Pennsylvania) on a recent publication 'Conciliation in the Qur'an. The Qur'anic Ethics of Conflict Resolution ' (De Gruyter).

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Topic: Book Discussion (Fazaluddin & Professor Lowry)
Time: Jun 29, 2022 06:00 PM London

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About Conciliation in the Qur'an. The Qur'anic Ethics of Conflict Resolution :

Conciliation in the Qurʾan addresses an existing imbalanced focus in Islamic Studies on conflict in the Qurʾan, and moves beyond a restrictive approach to ṣulḥ (reconciliation) as a mediation process in fragmented social contexts. The book offers a critical analysis of conciliation as a holistic concept in the Qurʾan, providing linguistic and structural insight based on the renowned pre-modern Arabic exegesis of Al-Rāzī (d. 1209) and the under-studied contemporary Urdu exegesis of Iṣlāḥī (d. 1997). This ambitious thematic study of the entire Qurʾan includes an innovative examination of the central ethical notion of iḥsān (gracious conduct), and a challenging discussion of notorious passages relating to conflict. The author offers solutions to unresolved issues such as the significance of the notion of iṣlāḥ (order), the relationship between conciliation and justice, and the structural and thematic significance of Q.48 ( Sūrat Al-Fatḥ ) and Q.49 ( Sūrat Al-Ḥujurāt ). Conciliation in the Qurʾan offers a compelling argument for the prevalence of conciliation in the Islamic scripture, and will be an essential read for practitioners in Islamic studies, community integration, conflict-resolution, interfaith dialogue and social justice.

Author Shafi Fazaluddin previously taught MA Qur'anic Studies as a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London, where he completed his doctorate in Near and Middle Eastern Studies in 2020. Prior to his PhD, Shafi practised as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in two pre-eminent City of London legal and financial institutions, since qualifying in 1998.

Discussant : Professor Joseph E. Lowry (University of Pennsylvania) is a specialist in Islamic law, Arabic literature, and classical Islamic thought. He is the author, among other works, of Early Islamic Legal Theory: the Risala of Muhammad Ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (E. J. Brill, 2007) and the editor (with D. Stewart and S. Toorawa) of Law and Education in Medieval Islam: Studies in Memory of George Makdisi (Gibb Memorial Trust, 2005) and (with D. Stewart) of Essays in Arabic Literary Biography II: 1350-1850 (Harrasowitz, 2009). He has edited and translated al- Shafi‘I’s Epistle on Legal Theory for the Library of Arabic Literature (NYU Press, 2013) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Library of Arabic Literature and of the journals Islamic Law and Society (Brill) and Abbasid Studies (Brill). Before completing his Ph.D. he was an attorney in private practice.

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