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‘Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications’

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;

PresenterTitle of PaperView Abstract
Professor Christie Warren
William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg
The Role of Law and Legal Systems in Creating, Perpetuating and Resolving ConflictClick here 
Professor Mohammad Fadel
University of Toronto
How Muslim Jurists Theorised the Legitimacy of Violence in the Absence of a Legitimate Political OrderClick here
Dr Ali Fanaei
Al-Mahdi Institute
How to Justify a Violence-Free Interpretation of ShariaClick here
Professor Devin J Stewart
Emory University
A Comparative Examination of Shiite Political Power and Legal Discussions of JihadClick here
Professor Liyakat Takim
McMaster University
An Alternative Reading of the Islamic Theory of International WarfareClick here
Dr Shuruq Naguib
Lancaster University
Gendered Constructions of Prophethood and RevelationClick here
Shaykh Mahmoud Ali Gomaa Afifi
Lancaster University
Gender Violence and Qur’ān 4:34: An Interpretive Analysis between Tradition and ModernityClick here
Dr Mehrdad Alipour
Utrecht University
Transgender/Transsexual Muslims, Religious/Cultural Violence and Sex-Reassignment Surgery FatwāsClick here
Dr Samer El-Karanshawy
Centre for Lebanese Studies
Imam Husayn, the Twelver Creed and the “Resistance”Click here
Professor Robert Gleave
University of Exeter
Dissimulation, Violence and “the spilling of blood” (safk al-dimāʾ)Click here
Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain
Al-Mahdi Institute
Human Dignity and Stoning to Death (ḥadd al-rajm) within an Existential ParadigmClick here
Dr Emad Tabatabaei
Freiburg University
Different Approaches to Stoning as a Legal PunishmentClick here
Dr Shahrul Hussain
The Markfield Institute of Higher Education
The Ethico-legal Principles of Arms Trade and Arms Embargo in Early Sunni JurisprudenceClick here
Professor Ayatollah Mohaghegh Damad
Shahid Beheshti University
Position of Islamic Teachings against Violence and ExtremismClick here
Dr Hassan Beloushi
Islamic Seminary of Kerbala
Principle of /kindness (al-Riffq): Authoritative Rule and Tool of UnderstandingClick here