Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought (LIVIT)
Welcome to the website for this three-year project exploring the justification of violence in Islamic thought from the earliest time until now. The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Global Uncertainties Programme.
Between 2010 and 2013, the project team researched the history and development of justifications for violence in the Islamic intellectual tradition. When and how have Muslim thinkers justified violent acts? When did they refuse to justify them? How have these justifications changed over time and what influence do these historical arguments have on the ideology of Islamic movements in the modern period? These and other questions form the focus of the project, and more information is available here.
Image: Ali killing an enemy with the ”dhul-faqar” sword. Khaveranname, Iran, 882AH. Tehran.
THE LIVIT PROJECT HAS NOW ENDED ITS TERM OF FUNDING (2010-2013). THIS WEBSITE WILL NOT BE UPDATED REGULARLY. MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROJECT.
THE OUTPUTS OF THE PROJECT SHALL BE PUBLISHED IN THE SERIES VIOLENCE IN ISLAMIC THOUGHT (TO BE PUBLISHED BY EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS). INFORMATION ON THE SERIES CAN BE FOUND HERE. THE FIRST VOLUME WILL BE PUBLISHED IN LATE 2014 AND WILL BE ENTITLED:
R. Gleave and I. T. Kristo-Nagy (eds), Violence in Islamic Thought: from the Qur'an to the Mongols (Edinburgh: EUP, 2014). Further details will be posted here in due course.
Latest news from LIVIT and Islamic Reformulations:
1. The Fourth LIVIT conference took places on 2-4 September 2013 at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. With keynote lectures from Bruce Lawrence and Ruud Peters, the final programme can be viewed here, and report on the conference can be viewed on our blog page, here.
2. Islamic Reformulations project website is launched at www.islamicreformulations.net
3. “Islamic Law and State Law” 18th June 2013: A Public Roundtable Event convened by the Global Uncertainties Islamic Reformulations project, in collaboration with the Centre for Middle Eastern And Islamic Law, School of law, School of Oriental and African Studies. Speakers included Professor Charles Tripp (SOAS), Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck), Nathalie Bernard-Maugiron (Universite Paris I) and Baroness Haleh Afshar (University of York). A report on the event is available here.
4. “Islamic Renewal and the Creative Arts” Islamic Reformulations held the first of its explorations of how Muslim belief is renewed and re-expressed through creative media with a three day session of graffiti, dub fusion and discussion with Aerosol Arabic, CeltIslam and a round table discussion on Islamic renewal and the creative arts. 11th, 12th and 13th June 2013 at the University of Exeter. Details of the successful event available here.