24th February 2021 to 24th February 2021
Call for Papers - The Institute is delighted to invite proposals for individual papers, or whole panels, by senior and junior scholars for its forthcoming international conference.
23rd April 2020 to 23rd April 2020
In this lecture Dr Valerie Gonzalez will re-examine and deconstruct the established scholarly findings about Syrian Umayyad art as an Islamic production essentially in continuity with the Western and Eastern Late Antique models that have inspired it.
24th March 2020 to 24th March 2020
Since its beginning, there has been a tendency to approach Islam apologetically or polemically. If the former seeks to preserve and propagate religious teachings, the latter seeks to undermine the tradition, often from without.
17th December 2019 to 18th December 2019
The aim of this two-day workshop that brings together some of the foremost scholars in their fields is not to align itself with any given school or approach, but simply to investigate the complex interplay of scriptures with the esoteric intellectual cultures and spiritualities that they shape.
10th October 2019 to 11th October 2019
3rd October 2019 to 3rd October 2019
In this lecture, Dr Gonzalez will present key points from her book “Aesthetic Hybridity in Mughal Painting, 1526-1658” (Ashgate, November 2015).
22nd August 2019 to 22nd August 2019
The rhetoric of pro-life and pro-choice have polarized the public understanding and response to biomedical issues. A much more nuanced approach to understanding is required before any deliberation can be made on these issues. This session will shed light on why and how we need to think about moral approaches to biomedical issues such as abortion and euthanasia. We will explore the approaches from the realm of rights, laws and customs, and compare these with the approaches within the moral realm. At the end of the session, we should be able to see how moral approaches are best suited for a civil society.
28th May 2019 to 28th May 2019
Professor Richard Taylor proposes to reconceptualise the Kalām fī maḥḍ al-khayr as a work conceived as a supplement to the (Plotinian) “Theology of Aristotle” in which portions of Proclus are used to explicate further the cosmological metaphysics of “Aristotle”.
Salvation and Destiny in Islam: Sketching Ḥamīd al-Dīn al-Kirmānī’s Views on the qaḍāʾ wa’l-qadar Debate
13th May 2019 to 13th May 2019
In this talk, Dr Maria De Cillis - through references to her translation and analytical commentary of the eighth chapter of the Riyāḍ, which is dedicated to the issue of divine preordination and human redemption - will highlight al-Kirmānī’s theologically distinctive interpretation of the qaḍāʾ wa’l-qadar (divine decree and destiny) question.