WEBINAR TO COMMEMORATE THE MARTYRDOM OF IMAM ALI (a.s.) / SUNDAY 2nd MAY 2021
Date/Time Date(s) - 02/05/2021 / 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
TO COMMEMORATE THE MARTYRDOM OF
IMAM ALI (a.s.)
SUNDAY 2nd MAY 2021
2:00 PM UK / 9.00 AM EST / 6.00 PM PAKISTAN / 6.30 PM MUMBAI
TO BE HOSTED ON ZOOM
MEETING ID: 850 7431 9311
Chair: Dr Husam Al-Mallak
Dr Husam al-Mallak is a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS where he lectures on ‘Modern Trends in Islam’. He completed his PhD thesis in January 2016, on how the mystical thought of Ibn al-‘Arabi can be considered as an Islamic overcoming of Nietzschean nihilism. His MA dissertation at Birkbeck was ‘Beyond Postmodernism and the Crisis of Truth: Re-Reading Ibn Al-‘Arabi’s Qur’anic Hermeneutics’ and he has given public lectures on this subject at The Islamic College, the Royal Asiatic Society and the Oriental Institute in Oxford. He has published book reviews in the Journal for Shi’a Islamic Studies.
Imām ʿAlī’s (AS) Psychology Reflected in ṣalāh and ṣawm
Shaykh Gulamabbas Murtaza Lakha was accredited by a leading Ayatullah in Europe after years of private training. He teaches and researches Psychology of Religion and Neuroscience of Religious Experience at the University of Oxford. His doctorate in Psychiatry at Oxford investigates the psychology of key Islamic concepts and practices, focussing on depression in the UK Muslim population. Previous research in neuroscience focussed on neuro imaging of dhikr practice. He is currently translating the earliest Arabic biographical dictionaries (ṭabaqāt) relating to Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq (as) and Shaykh al-Kulaynī. He holds four master’s degrees, spanning psychology and neuroscience, theology, Islamic studies, history and Arabic from Oxford and the Islamic College in London. His professional training was in financial economics and has twenty years of experience in the investment industry. His community work over the last decade includes lecturing on contemporary Islam across the UK and on Muslim TV channels, having also served as founding principal of the Oxford Madrasa.
Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani
Reconciling Our Relationships in Light of Imam Ali (AS)
Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani is a lecturer at the Al-Mahdi Institute (Birmingham), co-director of the Centre for Intra-Muslim Studies and a research affiliate at the University of Oxford. A graduate of the Al-Mahdi Institute, his research, teaching and writing focuses on intersections between Islamic legal theory, theology and ethics. His doctoral study, conducted at Durham University, was published as Moral Rationalism and Shari’a (Routledge, 2015) and he has held academic posts at the University of Nottingham, the University of Oxford and the Markfield Institute of Higher Education. His recent publications include the co-edited volume Visions of Sharīʿa (Brill, 2020). Dr Bhojani is an elected council member of the British Association of Islamic Studies and also regularly contributes to a range of knowledge exchange activities within Muslim communities, inter-faith settings and beyond. This work was recognised in 2016 when he was honoured as the Religious Advocate of the Year at the British Muslim Awards. Beyond his scholarly work, Ali-Reza is a practicing Optometrist.
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