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15
June
2019
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Creating a City of Peace and Remembrance Interfaith Service

On Saturday 10 June al-Mahdi Institute hosted an Interfaith Service welcoming over 160 people organized by the Universal Peace Federation on the topic of...

04
June
2019
Eid 2019
Eid al-Fitr 2019

Tuesday 4th June marked the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. The Eid al-Fitr celebrations at AMI began with the Eid prayers and...

01
June
2019
AMI Big Iftar 2019
Safeguarding Against Knife Crime| Big Iftar 2019

Saturday 1st June 2019 As always, this year AMI’s annual Big Iftar brought together people of all faiths and non for the ceremonial breaking...

31
May
2019
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Philosophy of Dua – Ramadhan 2019

During the blessed month of Ramadan, AMI hosted a series of events on the topic of the philosophy of dua (supplication). This included a...

02
May
2019
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British Muslim Perceptions of Biological Evolution

British Muslims are portrayed as rejecting biological evolution in sensationalist newspaper headlines and certain unsubstantiated academic literature reporting a rise in ‘Islamic creationism’. This...

28
March
2019
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Opting out of Saving a Life: Organ Donation in Shi’i Jurisprudence

Opting out of Saving a Life: Organ Donation in Shi’i Jurisprudence | 28th March 2019 | AMI Research Seminar In light of the imminent transition...

23
March
2019
CIMS: Succession of Prophet
The Context of the Prophet’s Will | CIMS

Succession of the Prophet and the issue of Qirtas | 23rd March 2019 Was the Prophet denied a chance to record a last testament...

11
March
2019
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IRS: Christian Perceptions of Jews and Muslims

Held at AMI on 11th March 2019 Following on from the Inter-Religious Symposia‘s first meeting on Muslim perceptions of other Abrahamic faiths, the second...

21
February
2019
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Women’s Right to Child Custody in Shi’i Fiqh: A Modern Fiqhi Perspective

Held at AMI on 21st February 2019 As part of his ongoing research on women’s jurisprudential issues, Sayed Hossein al-Qazwini presented the current juristic...

19
January
2019
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CIMS: Succession of the Prophet and the event of Ghadeer

  Held at AMI on 19th January 2019. Sunni and Shia ulema convened to discuss the sensitive topic of the succession of the Prophet...

13
December
2018
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Islam, Alcohol and Identity: A Critical Muslim Studies Approach

Held on 13th December 2018 at AMI. Dr Mustapha Sheikh’s paper offers a new understanding of the Hanafi jurisprudential position on alcohol according to...

08
December
2018
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SSF: The origins and scope of Shiite mourning rituals

Held on 8th December 2018 at AMI. As mourning rituals for Imam Husayn have become a marker of Shia identity and a symbol of...

22
November
2018
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BMS Scriptural Reasoning

22nd November saw 30 Baptist theological students from BMS world mission come to Al-Mahdi Institute for scriptural reasoning and lunch. BMS World Mission is...

22
November
2018
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Understanding Islam and Christianity workshop

The Understanding Islam and Christianity workshop brought together members of the local community to gain an appreciation of the two religious’ traditions in the...

22
November
2018
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Being Shia in Europe? Identity and Belonging in the Modern Age

As a minority within a minority, there is a noticeable gap in research pertaining to the experience of Shia Muslims in the UK and...

05
November
2018
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The Muslim Perception of Jews and Christians

The Inter-Religious Symposia (IRS), which hopes to increase the understanding of other religious traditions, held its first meeting on the 5th of November 2018 to...

22
October
2018
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Arbaeen lecture series by Shaykh Arif

‘The One we are searching for beyond ourselves wishes to awaken within us.’ Shaykh Arif Abdul-Hussain focused his arbaeen lecture series on how we...

18
October
2018
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Karbala in London: Genealogy and Continuity of Contested Expressions of Muharrum Rituals among British South Asian Twelver Shia Muslims | Dr Sufyan Dogra

Disputes regarding the true Shia way of commemorating Ashura and the acceptability of self-flagellation has led to a messy legal battle for the members...

10
May
2018
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The Hijab Controversy in Modern Iran
Dr. Lloyd Ridgeon (University of Glasgow)

The hejab has been a major feature of politics in Iran ever since serious contact with Western powers began in the 19th century. Since...

12
April
2018
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The Law of Honour-Killing: A British Innovation in the Criminal Law of the Indian Subcontinent
Dr Tahir Wasti (SOAS, LaWise Solicitors)

In Pakistan and India, hundreds of women are killed every year in the name of honour. Such a barbaric and heinous custom has existed...

22
March
2018
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Why so many rules? Thinking about the reasons and consequences of legalistic approaches to religious ethics
Dr Morgan Clarke (University of Oxford)

Rules are a feature of many religious (and non-religious) ethical traditions, although they are not the only possible approach to shaping religious and ethical...

15
November
2017
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God through the eyes of Hussain

From 1st to 5th November 2017, Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein spoke about ‘God through the eyes of Hussain’ as part of an Arbaeen lecture series...

27
April
2017
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Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of finding
Dr Mansur Ali (Cardiff University)

On Thursday 27th April 2017,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of...

16
March
2017
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Theology of Shi‘ite Ziyārah: the Case for a Norm-Sensitive Approach to Religion
Dr Jafar Morvarid (Ferdowsi University, Mashhad)

n Thursday 16th March 2017,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Theology of Shi‘ite Ziyārah: the Case for a Norm-Sensitive Approach...

15
December
2016
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The Second Vatican Council and the New Catholic Theology of Islam
Professor Timothy Winter/ Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (University of Cambridge)

On Thursday 15th December 2016,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “The Second Vatican Council and the New Catholic Theology of Islam” conducted by...

24
November
2016
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Re-Thinking Economics Post the Global Financial Crisis – An Islamic Economics Perspective
Professor Mohammed Iqbal Asaria (CASS Business School - City, University of London)

On Thursday 24th November 2016,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Re-Thinking Economics Post the Global Financial Crisis – An Islamic Economics...

13
November
2016
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May
2016
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The myth of the ‘Islamic City’: rethinking the notion of sacred space
Dr Colin Turner (Durham University)

On Thursday 26th May, Al-Mahdi Institute held a research seminar on the topic of ‘The myth of the ‘Islamic City’: rethinking the notion of sacred...

28
April
2016
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A Critical Rationalist approach to Religion
Professor Ali Paya (University of Westminster)

On Thursday 28th April,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “A Critical Rationalist approach to Religion” conducted by Professor Ali Paya from Westminster...

24
March
2016
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Pickthall’s translation of the Qur’an: an analysis of selected verses on women
Dr Haifaa Jawad (University of Birmingham)

On Thursday 24th March,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Pickthall’s translation of the Qur’an: an analysis of some selected verses on...

14
January
2016
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Suppression of Ali ibn Abi Talib’s Codex
Dr Seyfeddin Kara (Durham University)

On 14th January, Dr Seyfeddin Kara of Durham University presented his research on the topic of  ‘Suppression of Ali ibn Abi Talib’s Codex’. The seminar...

17
December
2015
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Understanding Islamophobia in Today’s Britain: manifestations and responses?
Dr Chris Allen (University of Birmingham)

On 17th December 2015, Dr Chris Allen of Birmingham University presented his research on the topic of ‘Understanding Islamophobia in Today’s Britain’. The seminar was...

27
November
2015
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What is the nature and purpose of human life?

From the 23rd to  the 27th of November 2015, Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein spoke about ‘The nature and purpose of human life’ as part of an Arbaeen...

04
November
2015
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Exegesis, ontological hierarchy and spiritual alchemy: the hermeneutical matrix of the Ja`fari comments in Sulami’s (d.1021) Haqa’iq al-tafsir
Dr. Farhana Mayer (Independent Scholar)

On Thursday 4th Novemeber 2015, the Al-Mahdi Institute held a research seminar entitled “Exegesis, ontological hierarchy and spiritual alchemy: the hermeneutical matrix of the...

10
June
2015
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Inter-religious meetings and the spaces in between Islam.
Dr David Cheetham (University of Birmingham)

On Wednesday 10th June 2015, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Inter-religious meetings and the spaces in between Islam” conducted by...

15
May
2015
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Teaching Shi’ism in the Academy; Practicalities and Pitfalls.
Dr Andrew Newman (University of Edinburgh)

On the 15th April 2015, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research Seminar conducted by Dr Andrew Newman, a Reader in Islamic Studies and Persian at the...

13
May
2015
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Current theological streams informing Christian understandings of law and ethics in relation to Islam
Revd. Dr Richard Sudworth (Queens Foundation of Ecumenical Theological Studies)

On the 13th May 2015, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Current theological streams informing Christian understandings of law and ethics...

11
March
2015
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Understandings of the Qur’anic term Injil: an exploration.
Dr Martin Whittingham (Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies)

On the 11th March 2015, the Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research Seminar conducted by Dr Martin Whittingham, Director of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies,...

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December
2014
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Previous AMI Research Seminars 2013-2014:
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15th October: Prof Max Farrar (Leeds Metropolitan University) “Critical multiculturalism, and the response of British society to diverse Islamic belief and Muslim political positions” (click...