Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 May 2024

University of Leeds, Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA 


Provisional Programme


The British Association for Islamic Studies is delighted to announce the provisional programme for its 2024 Annual Conference taking place in the stunning Cloth Hall Court at the University of Leeds. 

The conference is open to anyone with an interest in Islamic Studies and registration is possible online by CLICKING HERE


Day 1: Monday 20 May 


10.00 - 10.10: Words of Welcome 


10.10 - 11.20: Opening Keynote 

Professor Tahera Qutbuddin (Abdulaziz Saud AlBabtain Laudian Professor of Arabic, University of Oxford)  


11.20-11.30: BRAIS Prize Announcement 


11.30 – 12.00: Refreshments 


12.00-13.30: Panel Session 1  


Revisiting Exegetical Traditions of the Quran 

Marina Pyrovolaki (Aristotle University) Illness, death, and free will in Quran, Sunna, and early historiography in the second Islamic century 

Ali Aghaei (Humboldt University of Berlin) He is a ‘Sign’ of the Hour:  An ‘Interpretive Alternative’ to the Canonical Reading of Q43:61 in Muslim Exegetical Literature 

Taira Amin (Independent Scholar), Women’s Great Guile in the Muslim Exegetical Tradition 

Azhari Andi (Indonesian International Islamic University), Before Orthodoxy; Revisiting Abraham's Sacrifice Narrative in Muslim Commentaries 


Digital Islam Across Europe 1: The interaction between content “producers” and Online Islamic Environments (OIEs): Preliminary qualitative results 

Arvydas Kumpis (Vytautas Magnus University) and Egdūnas Račius (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania), Unforgivable negligence? Reluctance by Lithuanian Islamic collectivities to engage in Online Islamic Environments 

Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska (SGH Warsaw School of Economics), Mateusz Chudziak (SGH Warsaw School of Economics), Joanna Krotofil (Jagiellonian University in Cracow), The educational role of khutbas in Polish mosques: between Polishness and Muslimness 

Rosa Martínez-Cuadros (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) & Avi Astor (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Spanish Muslim Producers: Identity and Authority in Online Islamic Environments 

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University) & Anna Grasso (University of Wales Trinity Saint David), Muslim online producers: navigating the ambivalent visions around digital “influence” 


Challenging Power Relations in Minority Contexts: Responses to Marginalisation 

Maryam Kashani (University of Illinois) Zakat, Medina, and Colonial Racial Capitalism  

Enrico Maria la Forgia (University of Padua), Muslims and Protests: the role of Islamic Civil Society Organizations in mobilizing the French Muslim community  

Christina Verousi (Northumbria University), ‘They consider us lesser, unworthy, uneducated and obtuse’: Insights into gendered Islamophobia in contemporary Greece  

Samira Musleh (University of the Ozarks), Islamophobia or Anti-Muslim Racism?: Thoughts on Choice, Corporeality, and Culpability in Contemporary Social Justice Rhetoric 


Being a Muslim in Britain: Food, Healthcare and Education 

Majdi Faleh (Nottingham Trent University), Khairi Abdulla (Nottingham Trent University), Ethnic aesthetics and Nomenclature of Muslim Spaces in the UK: Restaurants and Shops in Birmingham, Leicester, and Manchester 

Ghazala Mir (University of Leeds), Transforming healthcare for Muslims: legitimacy, engagement and improved health outcomes 

Hanan Fara (Al Quds Academy), Exploring education among British Muslims  

Aisha Ijaz (Edge Hill University), Religiosity and information search behaviour: A two-step cluster analysis profiling Muslim consumers’ convenience food product choices 


Women and Constitutions in Muslim Contexts: Publishing a Special Issue of the Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice 

Ahmad Ghouri (University of Sussex), Transnational Forms of Islamic Law: An Editor’s Mandate 

Homa Hoodfar (Concordia University), Women and the Making of the 2004 Afghanistan Constitution 

Vrinda Narain (McGill University), Constitutionalizing Muslim Women’s Rights: A Perspective from India 

Fatemeh Sadeghi (University College London), Vali-e Faqih and his Female Subjects: Women in the Iranian Constitution 


13.30-14.30: Lunch  


14.30-16.00: Panel Session 2  


Architectural Heritage in the New Age 

Samie I. Kayani (University of Liverpool), Saving the Heritage of Makkah al-Mukarramah: The Riwaqs of Masjid al Haram 

Mehdi Elouati and Majdi Faleh (Nottingham Trent University), Challenges of Amazigh Heritage in Southern Tunisia: A Survey of a few Villages 

Idris Bedirhanoglu (University of Oxford/Dicle University), Understanding Challenges and Opportunities in Analysis of Historic Mosques in East Turkey; Post 2023 Earthquake   


Addressing Contemporary Issues: The Role of Islamic Law and Authority 

Dominik Krell (University of Oxford), The Redefinition of the Public and the Private in Islamic Law: Forensic Technology and Criminal Evidence in Saudi Arabia  

Gary Bunt (University of Wales TSD), From Sheikh Google to ImamAI? Evolving Islamic Influence and Authority in Muslim Digital Worlds  

Saleema Burney (University of Birmingham), Is the science vs religion conflict a 'Western problem'? The engagement of Muslim religious leaders with science. 

S. Moustafa Kassem (Umm Al Qura University), Vaping in Islamic Law: An Exploration of the Permissibility of a Prevalent Habit 


Interrogating Decolonial Discourse on Islamic Ethics, Power, and the State: Theories and Practices 

Muhamad Rofiq Muzakkir (Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta) and Siti Sarah Muwahidah  (University of Edinburgh), Decolonial Critiques on the Modernization of Islamic Juristic Theories 

Mira Al Hussein (University of Edinburgh), Minoritising Islam in the Homeland: The UAE’s Quest to Circulate a Quietist Theology 

Talal Alkhader (University of Edinburgh), Decolonising Resistance: An Islamic Perspective 


The Science of Hadith Across Time and Tradition 

Ahmed Ragab Abu Zayd (University of Wales TSD), The Historicity of Biographical Sources on Ḥadīth Narrators: Why Al-Mizzī’s Tahdhīb Al-Kamāl Is Larger than Its Source? 

Zachary Wright (Northwestern University), Sufism and Hadith Scholarship in the Eighteenth Century: the Writings of Muḥammad Ḥayāt al-Sindī  

Haider Hobballah (Al-Mahdi Institute), The Emergence of the Hadith Critique Movement in the Twentieth Century Shīʿī Context: The Case of Abū al-Faḍl al-Burqaʾī 

Amina Inloes (The Islamic College), Eclipses and Lament in Twelver Shīʿī Ḥadīth 


Global Perspectives on Gender, Identity and Society

Giammarco Mancinelli (École pratique des hautes études), Second generations and the mosque in Italy: Feminisation without feminism 

Muhammad Tajri (Al-Mahdi Institute), Denying Dichotomy?: The Intersection of LGB Shīʿa Muslims 

Ummul Fayiza Puthiya Peedikayil (University of Warwick), Muslim Women's Rights and the Codification of Muslim Personal Law in India: Revisiting the Enactment of Muslim Women Act 1986 

Ayesha Ulhaq (University of Cambridge) A qualitative study of Muslim women’s safety and resilience in the face of individual and cultural trauma in Britain


16.00-16.30: Refreshments  


16.30-18.00: Panel Session 3  


Digital Islam Across Europe 2: Quantitative approaches to Digital Islam Across Europe 

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Coventry University) & Anna Grasso (University of Wales TSD), Measuring Muslims’ social and religious practices online: Gender and Generational specificities in the United Kingdom 

Göran Larsson (University of Gothenburg) & Erika Willander (Umeå University), Measuring Swedish Muslims’ social and religious practices online 

Avi Astor, Rosa Martinez-Cuadros & Ghufran Khir Allah (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Religious Practices among Muslims in Spain: Preliminary Results of a Survey 

Discussant: Sean McLoughlin (University of Leeds) 


Fiqh Across Time: Medieval and Modern Perspectives 

Emine Bal Dereli (Queen Mary University), The Evolution of Maqasid Theory in the Modern Era: Mohammad Hashim Kamali  

Sahanaz Begum (University of Exeter), Rationalised rulings: al-Shaybānī’s approach to qiyās  

Rezart Beka (Hammad Bin Khalifa University), The Jurisprudence of Reality (fiqh al-wāqiʿ) in Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwī’s Thought  

Hassan Alrumaihi (SOAS), Codifying Waqf law: An Overlooked Process 


Interfaith Perspectives in Theory and Practice 

Wafya Hamouda (Tanta University), Tracking Tannaim and Amoraim Torah Legislations in Sharia Court Records:  a cluster analysis study  

Yazid Said (Liverpool Hope University), The concept of taste, dhawq, in Islamic and Christian thought: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and St Diadochos of Photiki 

Martin Whittingham (University of Oxford), Contrasting Styles: Three Indian Muslims on the Bible – Shah Wali Allah, Rahmatullah Kairanawi and Sayyid Ahmad Khan  

Nazmin Halani (The Institute of Ismaili Studies), Religious nurture of Muslim children in Multi-Faith families 


Religion, Law and Politics in the Muslim-Majority World 

Mariam Abdulla (University of Birmingham), Beyond the state: an alternative religious-political approach to politics 

Andreas Nabil Younan (University of Cambridge) Untangling Legal Identity: Application of the Sharīʿa and the Struggle Against Legal Colonialism in 1970s and 1980s Egypt

Caglar Ezikoglu (University of Birmingham), Divine Discourse, Earthly Politics: The Dual Use of Sunni Theology in Turkish Political Narratives  

Fatima Dhanani (SOAS), Legal pluralism in Lebanon: A failure or a constant power struggle? 


Kalam: Revisiting Classical Perspectives in Islamic Theology 

Takahiro Hirano (University of Tsukuba), Early Twelver Imami Views on Zaydiyya  

Abdulla Galadari (Khalifa University of Science and Technology), Interpeting Yhwh: A Qur'anic Discourse with Late Antique Jewish Traditions 

Ramon Harvey (Cambridge Muslim College), A Reconstruction of al-Māturīdī’s ‘Missing’ Physical Ontology from his Kitāb al-tawḥīd 

William Stevenson (Saint Paul Seminary), “Classical Political Rationalism and Qur’anic Revelation in al-Farabi’s The Attainment of Happiness” 


 Day 2: Tuesday 21 May 


10.00-11.30: Panel Session 4  


Contemporary Dialogues with Qur’an and Sharia 

Davide Pettinato (University of Cambridge), The ecological dimension of fiṭra in environmentalist, traditionalist, and neo-traditionalist Muslim discourse in English  

Muhammad Abbasi (Oxford Brookes University), In the Shadow of the Law: Non-Qualifying Ceremonies of Marriages in England and Wales 

Yusuf Ahmed (University of Oxford), Tadabbur (Quranic contemplation) as a form of ‘therapeutic pedagogy’ in pastoral care at Muslim schools: A case for Surah Yusuf 

Sheam Khan (Cardiff University), Lost in Trauma? Exploring Ideological Influences Present in Qur’an Translations Through the Lens of Trauma Theory


Digital Islam in Indonesia 

Bhirawa Anoraga (Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia), The (Im)possible Umma: Muslim Philanthropy Organizations and Their Online Campaigns in Contemporary Indonesia 

Muhammad Itsbatul Haq (Indonesian International Islamic University), Revitalizing the Authority of Religion in Shifting Times: How Indonesian Muslim Youtubers Deal with “Disruptive” References 

Bahana Jaal Haq Taqwallah (Institut Ilmu Al-Qur'an) and Haryani Santo Hartono (International Open University), Restoring Wisdom and Tolerance Through Digital Dawah in Indonesia  

Moch Dimas Maulana (Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia), Obsessional Actualization: Media Influence on Tafsir: A Case Study of Tafsir al-Qur’an Aktual 


Islamic Art and Architecture Across Time and Space 

Yahya Nurgat (Sabanci University), To rebuild or renew? A sociolegal analysis of constructions at the Kaʿba between Ibn al-Zubayr and Süleyman the Magnificent  

Noha Hussein (Nottingham Trent University), The Shifting References of Mosque Architecture: From “the booth of Moses” to Le Corbusier  

Nourelhoda Hussein (Nottingham Trent University), Learning From the Craftsman: An Attempt to Reconstructing the Tradition of Mosque Aesthetics 

Said Mahathir (University College London), Religious Territoriality: Mapping Muslim Religious Spaces in Multicultural London 


Of Coming and Becoming: Muslim Identities in Europe 

Jaffer A Mirza (King’s College London), The early Shi’a religious spaces in Britain (1960s-1970s)  

Sayed Mahdi Mosawi (University of Edinburgh), Religious Dynamics in Transition: A Study of Hazara Migrants in Scotland 

Akif Tahiiev (Goethe University Frankfurt), Becoming a Shia in Russia: understanding the reasons of Conversion to Shi’ism in Russia 

Thijl Sunier (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Branding Islam: Claims-Making, Knowledge Production and Academic legitimation


Manuscripts and Literature in the Islamic Past and Present 

Farzaneh Farrokhfar (University of Neyshabur), An analysis of the visual quality of the oldest Qurans in the Astan Quds Razavi treasure 

Samuel Bartlett (Royal Holloway University), Translation in an Age of Empire; Pickthall's Meanings of the Glorious Quran Reassessed 

Kianna Mahony (Harvard University) The Role of Poetry in Furthering Tajikistan’s Efforts of Nation-Building and Identity Consolidation 

Mai Zaki (American University of Sharjah), Islamic symbolism in modern Arabic literature: A digital humanities approach 


11.30-12.00: Refreshments  


12.00-13.30: Panel Session 5  


Sufi Knowledge Production in Pre-Modern Islam 

Faris Abdel-hadi (University of Exeter), The Aporia of Interpreting a Premodern Andalusian Mystic: Ibn ʿArabī’s Religious Pluralism 

Eyad Abuali (Cardiff University), Space, Affect, and Imagination in the Transmission of Knowledge in medieval Sufism 

Zoheir Esmail (Al-Mahdi Institute), Sayyid Ḥaydar Āmulī and the Oneness of Being in al-Muḥīṭ al-Aʿẓam 

Bronislav Ostřanský (Czech Academy of Sciences), Sufi Dreams as a Tool of Spiritual Guidance: The Example of al-Risāla al-Qushayrīya 


Muslim Religious Leadership and Chaplaincy in Europe 

Sophie Gilliat-Ray (Cardiff University), Mapping Muslim Chaplaincy Literature:  An Analytic Review of Publications Between 1989 and 2023  

Hafza Iqbal (Coventry University), The ever-expanding role of the contemporary British Imam.  

Noemi Trucco (University of Fribourg), Between Ideal and Threat? The Subjectivation of Imams in Switzerland

Riyaz Timol (Cardiff University) Between the Prayer Mat, the Pulpit and the People: Lived Experiences of British Imams


Diachronic Debates in Islamic Law 

Muhammad Almarakeby (Indonesian International Islamic University), ‘You May Endow Your Fortune to Daughters but Not Sons’: Reconsidering Equality, Justice, and Structuralism in Islamic Succession 

Ali Khaki (Al-Mahdi Institute), Taqiyya in Shia Jurisprudence: A Critical Analysis of Legal Theories and Modern Implications 

Ahmed Janahi (University of Birmingham), Changing Madhhab in the Mamluk context 


The Future of Islamic Liberation Theology 

Walaa Quisay (University of Edinburgh), Locating ‘Praxis’ in Islamic Liberation Theology: God, Scripture, and the Problem of Suffering in Egyptian Prisons 

Ashraf Kunnummal (University of Johannesburg), Islamic Liberation Theology and Decolonial Studies: The Case of Hindutva Extractivism 

Sharaiz Chaudhry (University of Edinburgh), Towards an Islamic Theology of Class Struggle: The Case of Nijjor Manush in London 

Discussant: Shadaab Rahemtullah (University of Edinburgh)


Political Islam: Perspectives from West Asia and North Africa 

Aseel Azab (Brown University), (Extra)ordinary Muslims: Islamic politics, traumatic loss, and the heroic turn  

Doha Abdelgawad (University of Leeds), The Transcendental and the Political: The Secular Dilemma in Narratives of the Muslim Brotherhood Members 

Antonella Acinapura (University of Oxford), Violence, Nonviolence, and the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine during the Second Intifada. 

Taha Ahmadi Vostak (University of British Columbia), Inter-religiosity, Cultural Thickness, and Decolonial De-alienation: Revisiting 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran 


13.30-14.30: Lunch  


14.30-16.00: Panel Session 6  


Navigating Power in the Pre-Modern Islamic World 

Yusuf Chaudhary (University of Cambridge), Navigating Power: Muslim Intellectuals and Patrons in Ilkhanid Tabriz (1258-1334) 

Aliya Ali (University of Cambridge), Networks of Power under ʿUthmān and ʿAlī 

Mohammed Ibraheem (University of Cambridge), The Literary Roles of Jews in Tafsir

Paulius Bergaudas (University of Cambridge), Yazīd in al-Bidāya wa-l-Nihāya: A Study of Method and Compilation in Mamluk Historiography


Family Law in Times of Change: New Challenges and Debates 

Fouzia Azzouz (University of Algiers II), Sharia councils and Islamic divorce in Britain: The Shia Experience 

Fatima Barkatulla (SOAS), Changes of Heart: Shifts in the Impact of Wife-First Conversion on Marriage Validity in Islamic Law 

Hakan Karpuzcu (Princeton University), Regulating the Islamic Marriages In the Time of War in the Ottoman Empire (1914-1918) 

Guilherme Lira (Corvinus University), Discussing the establishment of “Sha’ria Councils”: examining the resilience of the British faith-arbitration model 


Islamic Encounters with Modernity 

Safaruk Chowdhury (Whitethread Institute, London), “Between God’s Gavel and His Gaze”: How Islamic is Sherman Jackson’s Idea of the ‘Islamic Secular?’  

Naz Yücel, The Sultan's Rule of Property in the Late Ottoman Empire  

Mohammad Rasekh (Insitute of Ismaili Studies), Religion and Sharia: An Intrinsic Relation? The Implication for the Constitution of the State? 

Jaan Islam (University of Oxford), What is Salafism? An Intellectual History of Salafī Hermeneutics 


Gendered Identities of Muslims in Britain 

Hengameh Ashraf-Emami (University of Nottingham), Unveiling Identities: Navigating Generational Complexity, Agency, and Recognition among British Muslim Women 

Rabiha Hannan (University of Leeds), Lived Islam, Discursive Tradition, and the Epistemological Foundations Shaping the Lives of British Muslim Women  

Nayyab Khan (Lancaster University), Navigating Change: Unravelling the Narrative of Female Islamic Scholars in the UK  

Fatima Rajina (De Montford University), The Lungi, Funjabi and Thobe: British Bengali Men's Re(configuring) of Meaning Through Sartorial Choices: A Qualitative Study of the Emotional Geographies of British Muslim Women’s Safety at Home, in Public, and Third Spaces. 


New Approaches and Debates in Qur’anic Exegesis 

Emad Mohamed (University of Bradford), Sentiment Analysis of the Qur’an

Hatice Kubra Memis (University of Exeter), Reconciling Religion and Science: Tafsīrs on the Beginning of Human Life 

Mohamud Mohamed (University of Pennsylvania), Reframing the Master Work: The Enduring Legacy of Minhāj al-Ṭālibīn in the Somali Peninsula  


16.00-16.30: Refreshments  


16.30-18.00: Closing Keynote 

Professor Stefan Weber (Director of the Museum for Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin)