‘The nature of Sharia and its interpretation in Shi’i thought’ workshop

Held on the 17th to 18th August 2015, ‘The nature of Sharia and its interpretation in Shi’i thought’ workshop was a collaborative symposium between the Islam, Law and Modernity Centre of Durham University and Al-Mahdi Institute. With the aim of working towards developing an edited volume for comparative lawyers discussing contemporary thinking in Shi’i jurisprudence, Durham University hosted AMI faculty and affiliates to present and discuss their working papers.

Contributions are currently being finalized for publication by Prof. Micheal Bohlander & Laurens De Rooj (ILM, Durham) and Dr Ali-reza Bhojani (AMI).

Below is list of all scholars and academia who presented their research at the workshop; (click titles for abstracts)

Ayatollah Prof. Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad (Shahid Beheshti University)

Fallibility and Factuality (Al-Takhti‘a wa Al-Taswib) in the interpretation of Sharīʿa 


Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain (Al-Mahdi Institute)

The dynamic nature of Sharīʿa; Problematising the Uṣūlī Shīʿī reconciliation of apparent means to Sharia regulations with the search for factuality


Ayatollah Dr Rahim Nobahar (Shahid Beheshti University)

The Role of the Qur’an in Legal Reasoning (Ijtihad): A Shīʿī Perspective


Dr Liyakat Takim (McMaster University)

Privileging the Qur’an: Divorce and the Hermeneutics of Ayatullah Sane‘i


Dr Hashim Bata (Al-Mahdi Institute) 

Reassessing the Pivotal Role of Certainty in Shīʿī Jurisprudence: A Case for Accepting a Wider Range of Evidence in the Inference of Sharia Precepts

Dr Ali-reza Bhojani (Al-Mahdi Institute)

An ʿAdliyya hermeneutic in Shī’ī jurisprudence- conflicts between scriptural and non-scriptural morality in the process of Sharīʿa inference


Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina (George Mason University)

Law and Ethics in Islamic Bioethics


Dr Imranali Panjwani (Al-Mahdi Institute)

From Theory to Practice: Case Law as an Additional and Evidentiary Holistic Tool for the Derivation and Operation of Law in Shī‘ī uṣūl al-fiqh

Dr Haider Hamoudi (Pittsburg University)

Strategic Juristic Omission: Navigating the Divide between Popular State Laws and Inconvenient Rules of Fiqh


Shaykh Hassan Beloushi (Exeter University)

Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿa discourse in contemporary Shīʿī jurisprudence


Dr Sayyid Mohammad Ghari S. Fatemeh (Shahid Beheshti University & Al-Mahdi Institute)

On Possibility of an Islamic Enlightenment: Uṣūlī theories of Ijtihad and Taqlid revisited

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