SEMINAR TO COMMEMORATE THE MARTYRDOM OF IMAM ALI (a.s.)
Date/Time Date(s) - 19/06/2016 / 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
SUNDAY 19th JUNE 2016 – 2:00 PM
RUDOLF STEINER HOUSE
35 PARK ROAD, LONDON NW1 6XT
Opposite Mumtaz Restaurant
Tube station: Baker Street
Chair: Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda
Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda is Head of the Shiʿi Studies Unit in the Department of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. Gurdofarid is an Alumna of the Institute’s Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities and the recipient of the Institute’s Doctoral Scholarship Programme. She received her BA in Oriental and African Studies (1998) and her MA in Arabic Studies (2000) from the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Gurdofarid completed her studies with a PhD in the History of the Near and Middle East and Islam from SOAS, University of London (2007). Her thesis, entitled On the Margins of Sīra: Mughulta’i (689–762/1290–1361) and His Place in the Development of Sīra Literature focused on a work of Mughulta’i on the biography of the Prophet Muhammad. It also examined new trends in the understanding of sīra literature and some current issues of studying sīra as a genre of Muslim literary and historical tradition.
Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi
Imam Ali’s Discourses to Kumayl
Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi studied International Relations and Politics at Sussex and Exeter Universities before obtaining his PhD in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent in 1994. Formerly a Consultant to the Institute for Policy Research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dr Shah-Kazemi is at present a Research Fellow with the Department of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies where he is Managing Editor of Encyclopaedia Islamica, the English translation and edition of the on-going multi-volume Persian Great Islamic Encyclopaedia (Da’irat al-Ma’arif-i Buzurg-i Islami). He has authored several works, including most recently The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam (IIS/IB Tauris, 2012); Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic Prayer according to the Teachings of Imam ‘Ali (IIS/IB Tauris, 2011); and Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism (Fons Vitae, 2010).
Insights into the ʾakhlāq of Imam Ali (a.s.) from Psychology and Neuroscience
Gulamabbas Murtaza Lakha is undertaking postgraduate study approved by the British Psychological Society, focussing on mental health effects from dhikr practices and corresponding neural activity of the brain. His interests in the psychology of Islam have included research on al-Ṣaḥīfa al-Sajjādiyya at Oxford University, analysing ʾakhlāq traditions at the Islamic College in London, and lecturing for eight years on personal development from the Qurʾān, ḥadīth and Islamic history. He is an economist by profession, having been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and manages a practice he founded twelve years ago.
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