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Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Iran



 September 2013


PROGRAMME

DAY ONE

Monday, 2 September 2013

9:00 a.m. Welcome - Alessandro Cancian, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
 
Morning Session: The Qur’an and Iranian Society: Education, Media and Literature
 
Panel One : 9:15 –10:30

Chair: Alessandro Cancian, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

  • Methods of Qur’an Instruction in Today’s Iran - Mohammad Mesbahi, The Islamic College, London

  • The Religious Inspiration of the Saqqakhana Artistic School in 1960s Iran: A Spiritual Pop Art? - Alice Bombardier, Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques–l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (CADIS–EHESS), Paris

Break: 10:30 –10:45


Panel Two: 10:45–12:20

Chair: Denis Hermann, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

  • Qunut with Rumi: The Neighbourliness of Prayer and Poetry in Iran -Niloofar Haeri,Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

  • Husayn Muhyi’l-Din Illahi Qumshaʾi’s In the Company of the Qurʾan - Leonard Lewisohn, University of Exeter

Lunch: 12:20 – 13:30


Afternoon Session: Schools and Approaches in Qur’anic Exegesis

Panel Three: 13:30 – 15:00

Chair: Leonard Lewisohn, University of Exeter

  • Rational-Analytical Tafsir in Modern Iran: A Comparison Between al-Mizan of ʿAllama Tabatabaʾi and the Tasnim of Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli - Seyfeddin Kara, Durham University

  • Striving beyond the Balance(al-mizan): The Exegetical Uses of the Qur’an in the Tabatabaʾi tariqa - Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter

Break: 15:00 – 15:15


Panel Four: 15:15 – 17:30

Chair: Rainer Brunner, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
 
  • Should Husbands Discipline their Wives? Contemporary and Classical Iranian Interpretations of Q. 4:34 - Karen Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
  • Ayatullah Bujnurdi and the New Jurisprudence - Liyakat Takim, McMaster University, Canada
  • And they thought, as you thought, that God will by no means send anyone again’ (Q. 72:7): A Re-Conception of the Islamic Doctrine of Finality -Omid Ghaemmaghami, American University of Cairo

DAY TWO
Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Morning Session: The Qur’an and Modern Iranian Intellectuals: Trends in Exegesis and Political Thought

Panel Five: 9:00 –10:30

Chair: Karen Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

  • The Qur’an and the Political Discourse of the ʿUlamaʾ during the Constitutional Movement in Iran -Denis Hermann, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

  • From the Human Reading of Religion to the Prophetic Reading of the World: Muhammad Mujtahid Shabistari’s Hermeneutic Turn - Mirjam Künkler, Princeton University

Break: 10:30 –10:45


Panel Six: 10:45 – 12:15
 
Chair: Daryoush Mohammad Poor, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
 
  • The Soroushian Theory of Revelation: An Epistemological Assessment -Yaser Mirdamadi, University of Edinburgh
 
  • Qur’anic Sanction and Sovereignty in Contemporary Iran -Neguin Yavari, The New School For Social Research, New York

Lunch: 12:15 – 13:15

Afternoon Session: Textual Issues and Alternative Approaches

Panel Seven: 13:15 – 14:45

  • Modern Shi‘i Authors on the Question of the Authenticity of the Text of the Qur’an (Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries) - Rainer Brunner, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
  • Towards a New School of Qur’an Interpretation: The Maktab-i tafkik in Contemporary Iran - Seyyed Mohammad Hadi Gerami, Imam Sadiq University, Tehran

Break: 14:45 – 15:00


Panel Eight:15:00 – 16:30

Chair: Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter

  • Speaking the Secrets of Sanctity in the Tafsirof Safi ʿAli Shah -Nicholas Boylston, Georgetown University
 
  • Sufism, Exegesis and Society in Early Modern Iran: Sultan ʿAli Shah’s Bayan al-saʿada and the Status of Sufi Qur’anic Exegesis -Alessandro Cancian, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

Break: 16:30 - 16:45


Panel Nine: 16:45 – 18:15

Chair: Andrew Rippin, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

  • Joycean Modernism in a Nineteenth-Century Iranian Qur’an
  • Defending the Qur’an in Qajar Iran: Husayn ʿAli Shah and his Refutation of Henry Martyn -Reza Tabandeh, University of Exeter

DAY THREE
Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Morning Session: The Qur’an, the Arts and Popular Piety

Panel Ten: 9:00 –10:30

Chair: Omar Ali-de-Unzaga, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

  • The Divine Word on the Screen: Religious Epics in Iranian Cinema -Nacim Pak-Shiraz, University of Edinburgh
  • The Qur’an and Female Calligraphers in Iran -Anna Vanzan, University of Milan

Break: 10:30–10:45


Panel Eleven: 10:45–12:15

Chair: Alessandro Cancian, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

  • ‘I leave behind me two great things, the Book of God and my family’. Comprehending the Qur’an within the Realm of the Ahl al-Bayt in Iranian Shi‘i Lived Religion - Ingvild Flaskerud, University of Oslo

  • The Qur’an as an Aesthetic Model in Music: The Case of Twentieth-Century Iran -Giovanni De Zorzi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

General Discussion: 13:15 – 14:15

 
 
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