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28
May
2020
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“Islam and Post-Ijtihadism” Research Seminar by Prof. Liyakat Takim (McMaster University)

On Thursday, 28th May 2020, Al-Mahdi Institute successfully convened its third consecutive virtual research seminar, amid the Covid-19 circumstances. Whilst the prevailing situation has...

30
April
2020
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Variety of Interpretations of Holy Texts. Research Seminar by Mohsen Najafi (University of Exeter)

Al-Mahdi Institute’s very own head librarian, Mohsen Najafi, presented his ongoing research on the philosophical hermeneutics of Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari, a leading reformist figure...

26
March
2020
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Virtual Research Seminar: ‘Sanctity of Life’

Despite a nation-wide lock down and the implementation of social isolation in the wake of a global pandemic, Al Mahdi Institute is committed to...

19
December
2019
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Still being Careful with Muhammad. Research seminar by Dr Shabbir Akhtar (University of Oxford)

The Persian quote, ‘Say what you want about God, but be careful with Muhammad’, sums up the Muslim sentiment to any criticism or mockery...

07
November
2019
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Islamic Law Between Empire and Nation-State. Research Seminar by Dr. Raha Rafii (University of Exeter)

Dr Raha Rafii  presented her work on the academic notion of Islamic law as a development of the colonial project. She contends that Islamic...

24
October
2019
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“Dangerous Liaisons: Marriage, Slave-Concubinage and Confessional Boundaries in Early Islamic Law” by Dr. Omar Anchassi Research Seminar

Dr Omar Anachassi’s research considers the early juristic position within the various schools of jurisprudence regarding marriage to non-Muslim women who are either pagans...

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...

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...

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...