Date: Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 March 2009
“They said: Do you wonder at Allah’s bidding? The mercy of Allah and His blessings are on you, O People of the House (Ahl al-Bayt), surely He is Praised, Glorious.”
Holy Qur’an, 11:73
The Arabic phrase ‘Ahl al-Bayt’ or ‘People of the House’ is mentioned twice in the Holy Qur’an and, in one instance, refers specifically to the family of the Prophet Muhammad. For Shi‘a Muslims, the term refers to the Prophet’s daughter, Fatima, her husband, Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, who was the Prophet’s cousin and first Shi‘i Imam (leader), their two sons, Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn, and subsequently to their descendants. Today, Shi‘a Muslims reside predominantly in the Middle East, with sizable minorities in South and Central Asia, making up 10% of the world’s culturally diverse Muslim population. Although, like all Muslims, the Shi‘a have always been and remain ethnically, culturally and even religiously diverse, their shared beliefs and practices which centre on reverence for the Prophet and his descendants have greatly impacted Muslim material culture.
Full Rate: £55 (3 days), £25 (1 day)
Concession Rate (full-time students with valid ID, Seniors, and unwaged):
£25 (3 days), £10 (1 day)
Payment details are explained on the registration form. As places are limited, please register early to avoid disappointment.
To register, please send in a completed registration form and your payment to:
Dr. Fahmida Suleman
Research Associate, Department of Academic Research and Publications
The Institute of Ismaili Studies
210 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DA
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7756 2723 (direct line)
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7756 2700 (switchboard)
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Registration forms can be downloaded here or contact Fahmida Suleman to receive a posted form. Please direct all enquiries to Fahmida Suleman at email@example.com. Speakers’ biographies and abstracts will soon be posted on this webpage.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 73238000/8299
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