• 22 Jul 2022
  • Aga Khan Centre and Online
  • Conference

Mu’tazilism and the Qur’an Conference

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This conference will bring together a group of scholars who are interested in the legacy of Mu`tazilism and its influence.

Recent years have witnessed the publication of new material that was not available before for scholars. These new publications have enriched our sources about the early Islamic theological debates. The new sources have refocused our interest in the influence of Mu`tazilism, one of the earliest Islamic schools, and the legacy it left behind. The Mu`tazilite school had a major and determinative effect on the trajectory of various aspects of Islamic intellectual currents.

This conference will focus on the influence of Mu`tazilism on all aspects of the Qur’an, its status, interpretation, and relationship to the Prophet. The speakers will address Mu`tazilite thought and the influence it had on Islamic theology in other schools.

Date: Friday 22nd July 2022

Time: 9.30am-5.30pm (British Summer Time)

Location: Aga Khan Centre and webcast live (Zoom)

Convenor: Professor Walid Saleh (University of Toronto)

Professor Hussein Abdulsatar (University of Notre Dame)
Professor Rodrigo Adem (Georgetown University)
Dr Karen Bauer (The Institute of Ismaili Studies)
Professor Tariq Jaffer (Amherst College)
Dr Alena Kulinich (University of Oxford/Seoul National University)
Professor Suleiman Mourad (Smith College)
Professor Walid Saleh (University of Toronto)
Professor Abdulrahman al-Salimi (independent scholar)
Dr Gregor Schwab (Ludwig Maximilian University)

Q&A: As time allows, audience members present in-person and joining online (using the Q&A option at the bottom of the Zoom control panel) can pose questions to the speakers during the Q&A session at the end.

Recording: Please note that the session will be recorded and may be published on the IIS website, and on the IIS YouTube channel.