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BRAIS Workshop: Seeing is Believing: Miracles in Islamic Thought

23 May 2017

This workshop explored the different ways in which miracles were defined, articulated and understood in various schools of thought within the Islamic tradition. Belief in miracles is a central aspect of many religious traditions, and unsurprisingly, this topic has received increasing attention over the past few decades from scholars of other religious traditions. However, other than the substantial amount of scholarship on the miraculous nature of the Quran, the concept of the miracle itself in Islamic thought is relatively understudied. Drawing on a wide selection of papers given by experts in different areas of Islamic Studies that relate to this topic, this interdisciplinary workshop aimed to help shed light on this relatively undiscovered frontier in Islamic thought. 

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BRAIS Workshop: On the Importance of Being Islamic: Shahab Ahmed’s What is Islam? and the future of Islamic Studies

4th May 2017

Shahab Ahmed's posthumous What is Islam? starts with a problem:  Is Sufi pantheism ‘Islamic’?  Should we call philosophical exploration, figural art and drinking wine - all activities highly valorized by many pre-modern Muslims, ‘Islamic’? And if so, what do we actually mean?

Historically, ‘Islam’ was not merely a religious system, a cultural set of symbols, or a code of law. All these conceptualizations, Ahmed argues, fail to capture the distinctive and paradoxical qualities of the Islamic tradition. Instead, Islamic tradition encompassed different ways of exploring God’s design behind scripture, and conflicting contextual readings and ways of making meanings of text and pre-text.

This one-day workshop brought together leading scholars of Islam in the UK to comment, discuss, and critique this ambitious and eccentric book, and to explore its radical implications for the very framework of Islamic Studies in teaching and research.


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BRAIS Workshop: Producing Knowledge about Islam in Europe: Epistemology, Methodology, Reflexivity

25th April 2017

This inter-disciplinary workshop presented a welcome opportunity for postgraduate students undertaking cutting-edge research to come together in order to examine in depth researcher-specific issues in the field of Islam and Muslims in Europe.

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