On 4th – 7th October Dr Ali-reza Bhojani was invited to participate in ‘Uncovering the Divine Law in Islam: A workshop on Muslim Legal Theory’, held at the University of Exeter, as part of the Islamic Reformulations Project. Dr Bhojani presented a paper entitled “A three tiered approach to reconciling apparent conflicts between scriptural and non-scriptural evidence in an ʿAdliyya reading of Sharīʿa” about re-reading Shari’a in light of the Shi’i understanding of justice. In addition Dr Ali-reza presented a translation of a passage from ‘al-Qawānīn al-Muḥkama fī al-Uṣūl al-Mutqana, al-juz’ al-thālith’ by Abu al-Qāsim Mīrzā al-Qummī, an important Shi’i text of usul al-fiqh.
The workshop aimed to explore classical and contemporary trends in Muslim legal theory developed in works of uṣūl al-fiqh; As well as to identify how the sources of ethical and legal knowledge are evaluated and interpreted. Scholars working at the cutting edge of study of Islamic legal theory were invited to outline their own research and identify the priorities for future scholarship. To learn more about the Islamic Reformulations workshop click here
To view an abstract of Dr Ali-reza’s paper click here
To view the translation click here