‘Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications’ AMI’s 5th Annual Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Workshop

AMI hosted its 5th Annual Contemporary Fiqhi Issues workshop on ‘Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications‘ between 6th – 7th July 2017. Bringing together a host of international scholars and specialists, the workshop was a unique platform to facilitate scholarship directly addressing questions surrounding “violence in  Sharī ͑a and its contemporary implications”.

A summary of the workshop proposal read; ”The Muslim juristic fiqhī discourse has been framed historically as concerned with preserving social order, through offering a framework seeking to regulate the lives of humankind by inferring orthopraxic precepts attempting to capture the judgment of God in any given circumstance. The remit of this framework includes regulations for the sanction of, and limits to, violence in all its forms. Recent years have seen increasing challenges to historically inferred positions, alongside continued attempts to understand precepts afresh, on issues as wide ranging as domestic violence, criminal law and the ethics of war. This workshop seeks to explore justifications, challenges and emerging responses to questions regarding attempts to apply any such regulation of violence, whether that violence be collective, interpersonal or self-directed.”

The workshop benefited by the attendance of international research specialists from various educational institutes from around the UK and the globe, students and faculty of the Al-Mahdi Institute and other Institutions alike, as well as interested members of the public. Each speaker presented for around twenty minutes followed by a very critical and open question and answer session.

The participants who presented their findings at the workshop were;

Professor Christie Warren (William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg) The Role of Law and Legal Systems in Creating, Perpetuating and Resolving Conflict


Professor Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto) How Muslim Jurists Theorised the Legitimacy of Violence in the Absence of a Legitimate Political Order


Dr Ali Fanaei (Al-Mahdi Institute) How to Justify a Violence-Free Interpretation of Sharia


Professor Devin J Stewart (Emory University) A Comparative Examination of Shiite Political Power and Legal Discussions of Jihad


Professor Liyakat Takim (McMaster University) An Alternative Reading of the Islamic Theory of International Warfare


Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University) Gendered Constructions of Prophethood and Revelation


Shaykh Mahmoud Ali Gomaa Afifi (Lancaster University) Gender Violence and Qur’ān 4:34: An Interpretive Analysis between Tradition and Modernity


Dr Mehrdad Alipour (Utrecht University) Transgender/Transsexual Muslims, Religious/Cultural Violence and Sex-Reassignment Surgery Fatwās


Dr Samer El-Karanshawy (Centre for Lebanese Studies) Imam Husayn, the Twelver Creed and the “Resistance”


Professor Robert Gleave (University of Exeter) Dissimulation, Violence and “the spilling of blood” (safk al-dimāʾ)


Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain (Al-Mahdi Institute) Human Dignity and Stoning to Death (ḥadd al-rajm) within an Existential Paradigm         


Dr Emad Tabatabaei (Freiburg University) Different Approaches to Stoning as a Legal Punishment


Dr Shahrul Hussain (The Markfield Institute of Higher Education) The Ethico-legal Principles of Arms Trade and Arms Embargo in Early Sunni Jurisprudence


Professor Sayyed Mohaghegh Damad (Shahid Beheshti University) Position of Islamic Teachings against Violence and Extremism


Dr Hassan Beloushi (Islamic Seminary of Kerbala) Principle of kindness (al-Riffq): authoritative rule and tool of understanding


To read a summary of each presentation click here

To view more photos from the workshop click here