Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought

Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence

in Classical Islamic thought

 

This conference took place at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September 2012.  The programme is below.  To download a copy of the confernece booklet, click here. As with the other LIVIT confernences, we intend to publish many of the papers given below in ourforthcoming series, Violence in Islamic Thought.

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Monday 3rd September 2012

09.30 Opening Remarks: István Kristó-Nagy and Robert Gleave

09.50 PANEL 1 VIOLENT MONGOLS

09.50 Timothy May (North Georgia College and State University): The Mongols as the Scourge of God in the Islamic World

10.25 Michal Biran (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): "Violence and non-violence in the Mongol conquest of Baghdad (1258)."

11.00 Coffee/Tea

11.30  István Vásáry (Eötvös Loránd University): "Yasa and sharī ‘a: Islamic Attitudes toward the Mongol Law in the Turco-Mongolian World (from the Golden Horde to Timur's Time)".

12.05  Beatrice Manz (Tufts University): "Unacceptable violence as legitimation in Mongol and Timurid Iran"

12.40 Lunch

13.45 PANEL 2 OTTOMAN VIOLENCE

13.45 Evgenia Kermeli (Bilkent University): "Violence and its legitimization in the Early Ottoman Society"

14.20 Colin Imber (University of Manchester): “Warrant for genocide? Ottoman propaganda against the Qizilbash”

14.55 Tea/Coffee

15.25  PANEL 3 VIOLENCE, LAW AND POLITICAL THEORY

15.25  Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University Bloomington): “Justified Violence in the Fiqh al-Jihad of Ibn Taymiyya”

16.00 Maria Subtelny (University of Toronto): "Siyasat: Conceptions of Government and Discretionary Punishment in Medieval Persian Ethico-historical Works."

16.35 Sajjad Rizvi (University of Exeter): "From Client to Rebel: the philosopher Fazl-i Haqq Khayrabadi, his Risala Ghadariyya and the events of 1857"

17.10 Close

Tuesday 4th September 2012

09.30 PANEL 4 COERCION

09.30  Amira Bennison (University of Cambridge): "Coercion and caprice: Violence, Public Humiliation and legitimation in the medieval Islamic west."

10.05 Franklin Lewis (University of Chicago) "Conversion and Coercion:  The Mythopoetics of Crossing and Transgressing Religious Boundaries in Persian Literature" 

10.40 Tea/Coffee

11.10 PANEL 5 MARTYRDOM

11.10 Leonard Lewisohn (University of Exeter): “The More a Fool, the More a Knave: Rumi's Critique of Muslim Martyrdom Theology in the Mathnawi”

11.45  Emma Loosley (University of Manchester): “The Violent Death of a Peaceful Man: Al-Hallaj and the Imagery of Martyrdom: Exploring C15th-C17th representations of the death of Al-Hallaj as a case study of Islamic martyrdom imagery”

12.20 Devin Stewart (Emory University): "The Scholar-Martyrs of Twelver Shiism and Shiite Identity"

12.55 Lunch

14.00 PANEL 6 SAFAVID VIOLENCE

14.00  Edmund Herzig (University of Oxford): "Justifications for war and violence in Safavid histories and documents from the reign of Shah Abbas I"

14.35  Ferenc Csirkes (University of Chicago): “Messianic Language and Epic Warfare in Safavid Turkish and Persian Poetry: Shah Ismail, Sadiqi Kitabdar, Jununi of Ardabil”

15.10 Tea/Coffee

15.40 PANEL 7 VIOLENT YOUTH

15.40  Deborah Tor (University of Notre Dame): "Futuwwa: Chivalric Violence in Classical Islam"

16.15  Richard Bulliet (Columbia University): "Youth and Violence: Medieval and Modern"

16.50 Closing Remarks: Robert Gleave and István Kristó-Nagy

17.00 Close

 

Wednesday 5th September 2012

AM: Conference participants depart

 

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