Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought


For details of our first LIVIT workshop, "Modern Salafism: Doctrine, Politics, Jihad", click here.



Conceptions of Violence in Modern Shi’ism

A One-Day Workshop

Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought Project

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

17th December 2012

Sunday 16th December

PM and Evening: Participants arrive

Monday 17th December: 


0930 Rob Gleave (LIVIT Director): Welcome

1000 Ali-Reza Bhojani (Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham and University of Durham) "Shi'i Ethical Thought and the Regulation of Legitimate/Illegitimate force in Islam"

1040 Ori Goldberg (Tel Aviv University): "Making the Word Strange: The Nuclear Fatwa and the Violence of Discourse"


1120 Tea/Coffee


1150 Robert Riggs (University of Bridgeport): “What Constitutes Force and How is it Applied? Activism and Quietism in the Thought of Sistani and Fadlallah”

1230 Bianka Speidl (LIVIT PhD Student, University of Exeter): “Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah and the Logic of Force”


1310 Lunch


1410 Rachel Kantz Feder (Tel Aviv University): “The Use of Violence in Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr's Thought and Activism: Between Hagiography and Historiography”

1450 Sarah Elibiary (Islamic Reformulations Research Fellow, University of Exeter): "Violence incitement in Shi'i discourses: war in Iraq"


1530 Tea/Coffee


1600 Samer El-Karanshawy (University of Oxford and Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies): "From Debating the Martyrdom of Husayn to the “Logic of Resistance”: Violence and Revolution in Lebanese Shi'i Thought"

1650 Robert Gleave: Closing Remarks

1700 Close


1930 Evening Meal


Tuesday 18th December


Participants depart


The LIVIT project is funded by the Global Uncertainties programme of the Research Councils UK:


There is no charge for attending the workshop, but places are limited.  To reserve a place contact the LIVIT project administrator, Jane Clark jane.clark@exeter.ac.uk




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