Shia Minorities in the Contemporary World: Migration, Transnationalism and Multilocality

Die University of Chester hält vom 20.-21. Mai 2016 eine Konferenz zum Thema „Shia Minorities in the Contemporary World: Migration, Transnationalism and Multilocality“ ab. Die Anmeldung ist kostenlos bis zum 1. Mai möglich.

Das Programm:

Day 1: Friday 20 May

09:00 – 09:30: Registration and refreshments

  • Oliver Scharbrodt, Director Chester Centre for Islamic Studies

09:30 – 10:00: Welcome

10:00 – 11:00: Keynote Lecture 1:

  • Sabrina Mervin (EHESS/Centre Jacques Berque), Linking Shia Minorities to the Shii Core: History, Rituals and Religious Authority

11:00 – 11:15: Tea/Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45: Session 1

Performing Shiism: Rituals and Practices I

  • Yafa Shanneik (University of South Wales), “Husayn is our Homeland”: Shia Mourning Poetry in Women Rituals in London and Kuwait
  • Marios Chatziprokopiou (Aberystwyth University), Performing Muharram in Piraeus: the Lamentation for Imam Hussein in a Migratory Context
  • Noor Zaidi (University of Pennsylvania), “Still we long for Zaynab”: South Asian Shias and the Shia Shrines
  • Reni Susanti (Tilburg University), Taklif Ceremony: Women Ritual and the Creation of Future Shii Generation in Indonesia

12:45 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Session 2

Performing Shiism: Rituals and Practices II

  • Ekaterina Kapustina (European University at St. Petersburg), Moharramlik and the Modern Shia community of Derbent in Translocal Reality
  • Chiara Formichi (Cornell University), Performing Religion across the Indian Ocean: Ashura Commemorations in Indonesia
  • Kathryn Spellman Poots (Aga Khan University), The Arbaeen Pilgrimage: Movement and Mobility among Young Shias in UK and USA

15:30 – 15:45: Tea/Coffee break

15:45 – 17:15: Session 3

Diasporic Shia Minorities: Transnationalism and Multilocality

  • Zahra Ali (University of Chester), Being a Young Devout Shii in London: Religiosity and Multiple Senses of Belonging between the UK and Iraq
  • Elvire Corboz (University of Aarhus), Heritage Symbols Reformulated: The Legacy of the Ahl al-Bayt and the Shaping of Iran’s Activist Version of Shiism in Europe
  • Chris Heinhold (University of Chester), Who is Hussain: Contemporary Campaigning at the Glocal Level
  • Samra Nasser (Western New Mexico University), Transnational Impact of Events in the Middle East on Post-Migratory Shia Minorities: The Case of Shia Lebanese in Metropolitan Detroit

17:15 – 17:30: Tea/Coffee break

17:30 – 18:30: Book Launch

Mara A. Leichtman (Michigan State University), Shi’i Cosmopolitanisms in Africa: Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversion in Senegal (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015)

18:30: Dinner


Day 2: Saturday 21 May

9:00 – 10:00: Keynote Lecture 2

  • Liyakat Takim (McMaster University), Reformation or Transformation: Shii Law in the West

10:00 – 10:15: Tea/Coffee break

10:15 – 11:45: Session 4

Diasporic Shia Minorities: Identities in Transition

  • Reza Gholami (Keele University), Cultures of Integration: Pride, Shame and New Religious Identities among UK Iranians
  • Emanuelle Degli Esposti (SOAS), Living Najaf in London: Diaspora, Transnationalism, and the Sectarianisation of the Iraqi-Shia Subject
  • Mayra Soledad Valcarcel (University of Buenos Aires) and Mari-Sol García Somoza (CANTHEL-University Paris Descartes / University of Buenos Aires), Mi corazón late Husayn: Identity, Politics and Religion in a Shia Community in Buenos Aires
  • Roswitha Badry (University of Freiburg), From a Marginalized Religious Community in Iran to a Government-sanctioned Public Interest Foundation in Paris: Remarks on the Ostad Elahi Foundation

11:40 – 12:00 Tea/Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30: Session 5

Shia Communities in Formation

  • Piro Rexhepi (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity), The Bektashi Tariqa and the Postsocialist Politics of “European Islam” in Southeastern Europe
  • Arun Rasiah (University of Oakland), Ideas in Motion: The Politics of Knowledge and Patronage in Indian Ocean Islam
  • Emiko Stock (Cornell University), Lines back to Ali, Road forward Shiism: A Historical Anthropology of Cham Sayyids’ Trajectories from Cambodia to Iran
  • Anas P. A (Aligarh Muslim University), Cultural Representation of Shiism in Malabar Coast of Indian Ocean: A Case Study on The Social Life of the Kerala Muslims

13:30 – 14:45: Lunch

14:45 – 15:45: Keynote Lecture 3

  • Seyyed Fadhil Milani & Mohammad Mesbahi (Islamic College London), Muslim Migration to Europe, Challenging (European) Modernity and the Necessity of the ijtihadi Approach

15:45 – 16:00: Tea/Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30: Session 6

Shia Transnationalism between Global and Local Dynamics

  • Sufyan Abid (University of Chester), An Alternative umma: The Construction and Development of Shia Globalism among South Asian Shia Muslims in London
  • Iman Lechkar (University College Brussels), Interpreting Khamenei and Fadlallah in Brussels: the Religious and Social Impact of Middle Eastern Clerical Leaders in the Capital of Europe
  • Hafsa Oubou (Northwestern University), Transnational Conversion and Global Networks among Moroccan Shia Converts
  • Robert Riggs (University of Bridgeport), Global Networks, Local Concerns: Investigating the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Shii Religious Leaders and Constituencies

17:30 – 18:00: Concluding discussions

18:00: Dinner

The Bible in Arabic in the nineteenth century: What challenges for Christianity and Islam in the Middle East societies since 1865?

Das GSRL führt unter Leitung von Dr. Said Chaaya am 26. Mai 2016 einen Workshop zum Thema „The Bible in Arabic in the nineteenth century: What challenges for Christianity and Islam in the Middle East societies since 1865?“ durch.

Die Themenschwerpunkte:

  • religiöser Liberalismus, der durch die Massenverbreitung der arabischsprachigen Bibeln ausgelöst wurde
  • die Eingliederung und Wiedereinführung der Bibel in ein arabisches soziokulturelles Umfeld, das durch den Islam beeinflusst wurde