Reading the Qur’an: The Theological Implications of Bracketing Faith in the Academic Study of the Qur’an
featuring Carl Ernst of the University of North  Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
May 5, 2013

This workshop is the initial exploration to a series of events devoted to Qur’anic studies and the engagement of these studies with other faith traditions and academic disciplines. Continue reading

Call for Papers

Traditional Authority and Transnational Religious Networks in Contemporary Shi‘i Islam:
Results from recent empirical research

Workshop of the Princeton/Oxford collaborative project
Princeton University, October 3–5, 2013.
Conveners: Morgan Clarke (Oxford) and Mirjam Künkler (Princeton)

De-Centering Shi‘ism?

Religious authority in Usuli Twelver Shi‘i Islam is generally seen as concentrated in the hands of the “sources of emulation,” the maraji‘ (sing. marja‘) al-taqlid, and as paradigmatically based in the established centers of Shi‘i learning of Najaf (Iraq) and Qom (Iran), from where it is projected out to the “peripheries”. Shi‘i Islam thus often appears in academic discourse as relatively monolithic, whereas the diverse, disparate, even fragmented nature of Sunni Islam would seem to be more widely documented.This workshop, sponsored by the Princeton/Oxford collaborative grant “Traditional authority and transnational religious networks in contemporary Shi‘i Islam: Results from recent empirical research,” seeks to question such a monolithic account and ask whether we need to de-center our picture of Shi‘i Islam. Continue reading