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ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI & THE COLLEGE OF ISLAMIC LAW OF OMAN
(in the frame of their Bilateral Academic Agreement)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NAPLES “L’ORIENTALE”
AND
THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERFAITH STUDIES OF VOLOS ACADEMY FOR THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (GREECE)

ORGANIZE


A SUMMER SCHOOL ON IBADISM:
'UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY WITHIN ISLAM'

3-10 SEPTEMBER 2017
Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Melissatika, Volos 38001 (Greece)


About the Summer School

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The Summer School will examine and present the fundamentals of Islam and Ibadism through an examination of their historical, juridical, literary and religious overview.
After decades in which secular views of politics and social relations have dominated the public sphere in Western countries as well as in many countries in Africa and the Middle East, we are currently witnessing the re-emergence of religious discourses.
Religion seems to play an increasingly prominent role in defining identities, binding communities, filling inter-social gaps, healing experiences of marginality, shaping notions of citizenship, and in negotiating rights.

Taking this complex and often conflicting landscape as a starting point, this Summer School aims to discuss the essentials of Ibadism, which stands out as an important element of Islam with an emphasis on its pacifistic dimension, in the context of North African and Middle Eastern history and geopolitics.
In this framework, the Summer School will address, in a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective, the following issues:

• Tolerance, pluralism and diversity
• Minority rights
• Enlightenment / renovation and tradition
• Identity

Classes Schedule

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The classes will be divided into a MORNING SESSION (from 9am to 1pm including break/s) and an AFTERNOON SESSION (from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm including break/s)

Morning Session

9:00AM

9:00AM - 10:30AM

Keynote speech and discussion

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Break

11:00AM - 1:00PM

Students presentations and discussant/s.
(We encourage students to present their own research. A senior researcher/professor will comment and respond to them.
We anticipate 2-3 students’ presentations per session: 30-45min plus 10-15 min discussant and a general discussion at the end)

1:00PM

Lunch Break

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

10:00AM

Workshop

2:30PM - 6:30PM (with a break)

After a short introduction by a senior researcher/professor, students will analyse and discuss readings related to the topic of the Morning Session. Readings will be distributed in advance. Depending on the students’ language knowledge, Arabic texts will be also distributed.

Details

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Reading: 7-10 readings will be distributed to the students about 2 weeks in advance. They will include:

  • Methodological sources/literature
  • Seminal works dealing with the Summer School topics
  • Ibadi sources/literature
  • Heresiographical sources/literature
  • Short Arabic texts
  • Speakers (alphabetic order):

  • Professor Dr. Ersilia Francesca (University of Naples "L’Orientale")
  • Professor Dr. Gerassimos Makris (Panteion University, Athens)
  • Sheikh Dr. Ziyad Al Mawali (College of Islamic Law, Muscat)
  • Professor Dr. Anna Maria Di Tolla (University of Naples "L’Orientale")
  • Assoc. Prof. Angeliki Ziaka (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Requirements: MA [MPhil] and PhD Students of all over the world are encouraged to apply. A background in Islamic studies is welcome (but not necessary).

    Number of students: 10-12. At least 4 students will be selected from the MA and PhD students of the hosting country.

    Language Requirements: All teaching, course materials and coursework will be in English. Students are required to have at least an intermediate level knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic is welcome.

    Cost: The Summer School will provide accommodation, meals and one excursion for the selected students. No tuition fees required. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 200 euros ONLY for international students.

    Application: To apply send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter by June 30th 2017 to Angeliki Ziaka and to Ersilia Francesca

    Successful candidates will be informed of the decision by July 8th 2017. Further details will be provided directly to them via email.

    Organizers scientific committee: Angeliki Ziaka (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) - Ersilia Francesca (University of Naples "L'Orientale") - Anna Maria Di Tolla (University of Naples “L’Orientale”) and Panayotis Pachis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

    About International Conferences on Ibadi Studies

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    The first international conference on Ibadi Studies was held in a European university, at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, on November 9-10 2009.

    Since then seven more conferences took place in various universities and foundations worldwide that are well known for their academic cultivation of Arab-Islamic and Oriental studies:


  • The Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen (2011)
  • The University Orientale of Napoli (2012)
  • The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow (2013)
  • The Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University (2014)
  • The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in St. Petersburg (2015)
  • The St Antony's College of Oxford University (2016)
  • The University of Tokyo Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (2017)

  • The conferences examine a wide range of research and pertain to an interdisciplinary introduction to Ibadism and the Ibadi Studies through historical, religious, anthropological, political, and ethno-archeological approaches, as well as to the religion and theology of Ibadism, Ibadi jurisprudence and history, and cover a long historical period from the Basra period up to the Nahda period (Islamic renaissance) and Ibadism today.


    Publications

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    STUDIES ON IBADISM AND OMAN

    Edited by Abdulrahman Al Salimi and Heinz Gaube
    Oman is a researcher’s delight – with archives and manuscripts, archaeological and ethno-archaeological attractions ranging from pre-Islamic Arabia to the present. Located on the southern edge of the Gulf, where the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet, and controlling the entrance to the Gulf, Oman is and has been the junction of commercial and cultural crossroads for centuries. It is simultaneously a contemporary state that combines modernity and tradition, religion and multiculturalism – a place where the present meets the past without being bound by it. It is thus not by chance that Ibadis have played and continue to play an important role in the history of Muslim theology and its political theory, a role that has been acknowledged in international academic circles only most recently.

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    The Ibadis in the Region of the Indian Ocean. Section One: East Africa. With contributions of Abdulrahman Al Salimi

    Heinz Gaube, Hildesheim 2013 446 p., throughout four-colour illustrations Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-14800-7; Luxury Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-14801-4

    Omanis in the pre-Islamic period were already familiar with the coastal regions of East Africa and the islands east of them. In the early Middle Ages, members of Omani royal families and their followers began to emigrate to the region, with some of them founding small princedoms. After approximately 150 years of Portuguese dominance, the Omanis drove the Portuguese out of the coastal areas north of Mozambique, and a period of prosperity began under Omani rule. In a treaty signed in 1822 between the British and the Omani ruler, Sayyid Said, the British ceded supremacy to the Omanis over the coastal areas of East Africa between northern Mozambique and southern Somalia. This led to another period of prosperity under Omani rule, which ended in the so called “Revolution of Zanzibar” in 1964. In this book the author presents for the first time a comprehensive survey of the archaeological evidence of the Islamic period in the coastal areas of Kenya and Tanzania, as well as relevant written sources in African, Oriental and Western languages and provides a synthesis of the two different sets of sources.

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    Michaela Hoffmann-Ruf; Abdulrahman Al Salimi (eds.), Oman and Overseas

    Hildesheim 2013 506 p., throughout four-colour illustrations Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-14799-4; Luxury Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-14798-7

    Oman differs from other Arab countries of the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf region in having a long history as a unified state. It is also famous as a seafaring nation and for the Ibadi tradition of Islam practised by most of the population. This volume contains the proceedings of a conference held in Tübingen in May 2011 with the aim of highlighting other, previously little known or studied aspects of Oman’s history. The conference focused on the complex interrelationships between Oman and other countries bordering the Indian Ocean, and on views “from outside” of Oman’s culture and religion. Researchers from a wide range of disciplines examined these questions and the approaches and conclusions presented here are similarly wide ranging, from the pre-Islamic archaeology of Oman and the multiple languages of East Africa to the economic and cultural ties between Latin America and Oman. The technology and history of shipbuilding are also examined, using previously little-known source material. But however varied their themes, all the essays clearly emphasise Oman’s significance as an economic and cultural bridge between the eastern and western Indian Ocean.

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    Angeliki Ziaka (ed.), On Ibadism

    Hildesheim 2014 232 p. Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-14882-3; Luxury Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-14883-0

    This volume presents the proceedings of the first international conference dedicated to Ibadism and the Sultanate of Oman, which was held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in November 2009. The goal of the conference was to introduce Ibadism and Ibadi Studies to the worldwide research community and, indeed, it has served as the springboard for other conferences and the founding of academic groups dedicated to Ibadism and the Sultanate of Oman. In the first part of this volume, we are guided through Ibadi history, theology, and jurisprudence while the second part opens up a broad vista on the dialectics between religion, society, and politics within contemporary Ibadi communities and especially that of Oman. By introducing Ibadism to the broader academic community, we hope to contribute to the mutual understanding and rapprochement of peoples, cultures, and religions. In this regard, each paper in the present volume has lasting value.

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    Ersilia Francesca (ed.), Ibadi Theology. Rereading Sources and Scholarly Works

    Hildesheim 2015 331 p. Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-14885-4; Luxury Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-14886-1

    The aim of this volume is to explore different issues of Ibadi theology from the early beginnings until the present day. Ibadi Islam emerged in the early Islamic period and played a pivotal role in the development of Islamic law and theology. Today, it continues to be an influential force in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Despite its antiquity, Ibadi Islam – and particularly Ibadi theology – remains little known and has often been misunderstood. This volume aims at redressing this gap by introducing the distinctive theological teachings of this influential Islamic school to a broad public, specialists and nonspecialists alike. Dealing with a series of cases, from different periods and different sources and using an interdisciplinary approach, the authors address questions such as dogma and creed, conception of faith, theological controversies, reassessment of theological sources, the Ibadi “modernism” in last century Oman and North Africa. Medieval Ibadi sources are crucial for the understanding of the early development of the movement and the doctrinal and political disputes which differentiate Ibadi doctrine from Sunni Islam, on the other hand the volume emphasizes the importance of also focusing on the Ibadi sources from 19th and 20th centuries, when the Ibadi reform movement started looking for reconciliation between Islam and modernity.

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    John C. Wilkinson, Water and Tribal Settlement in South-East Arabia. A Study of the Aflaj of Oman

    Oxford 1977.Reprint: Hildesheim 2013 XVI/276 p., with 30 maps/drafts and 14 tables Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-487-14884-7

    This book is a study of the traditional relationships that exist in Oman between land and social organization, and how they have evolved. The author starts with the theme of aridity and, using the extensive literature of the 1200 year old Ibadi community to supplement his field work, shows how the techniques of water exploitation have influenced the country’s social organization and its political ideology. He describes how the settlement organization has evolved in two stages; the first in the years before Islam when the Persians irrigated the land using aflaj or horizontal water channels; the second after the Arabs had overthrown the Persians and, influenced by Ibadism, established a more democratic society dominated by a strong tribal structure in the villages. The tribal structure is then examined in detail and the author shows how close the links are between the Islamic ideology, land use, and social organization. As a contribution to the human geography of Oman as well as to general knowledge of the Middle East the book will interest Arabists, Islamic historians and social anthropologists, as well as hydrologists and geographers.

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    Barbara Michalak-Pikulska; Reinhard Eisener (eds.), Ibadi Jurisprudence. Origins, Developments and Cases

    Hildesheim 2015 277 p. Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-15150-2

    Ibadi jurisprudence looks back on more than 1000 years of tradition and productive development. Nevertheless, in terms of scholarly research, this particular school of Islamic law has remained a remote field of interest for a long time. After some first and basic encounters in the colonial period – not least for practical reasons – it happened in recent decades that both Ibadi and non-Ibadi scholars gave a fresh impetus to studies of Ibadi law and jurisprudence. The present volume has the aim to explore the vast field of Ibadi jurisprudence from its beginnings to the present day against the background of enhanced knowledge and research. Thus the contributions of the individual authors provide the reader with different approaches to and new insights into a great variety of topics, ranging from fundamentals of legal theory to practical cases of law, ancient and modern, from the origins and formation of the Ibadi school, its interrelations with other Islamic schools of law, to developments in doctrinal and regional context including reactions to achievements of European modernity.

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    Reinhard Eisener (ed.), Today's Perspectives on Ibadi History

    Hildesheim 2016 ca. 330 p. In preparation! Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-15152-6

    Since the remarkably strong increase in scholarly activity concerning research on the Ibadiyya in the recent decades it is high time to provide insight into the topical state of affairs. The present volume is devoted in particular to the study of Ibadi history and its sources, thus covering the long period of time from early Islam to our days, and extending geographically from the Indian Ocean region to the Mediterranean. In their contributions to this volume scholars from all over the world deal with a great variety of topics and approaches, thereby revealing in several respects the challenging character of this field of research, just to mention the question of regional specifics and interrelations of the dispersed Ibadi community, the filling of information gaps in its historical narrative, or the reconstruction of sources and their appropriate interpretation. In that way this book may also serve as an ample source of inspiration to future research on Ibadi history.

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    Heinz Gaube; Abdulrahman Al Salimi, Illuminated Qurans from Oman

    Hildesheim 2016 221 p., throughout four-colour illustrations Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-15388-9; Luxury Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-15389-6

    This book is a first attempt to present Omani Quranic manuscripts and their illuminations to a wider public and to discuss their originality in the wider context of Quranic manuscripts, Islamic art as a whole and beyond that in the wider context of Oriental art in general. The art of Quran illumination developed slowly. The main reason for this lengthy process can be seen in the fear of allowing anything to intrude upon the text, which in itself differs highly from the holy texts of other religions. For a Muslim the Quran is the word of God revealed to mankind. It constitutes a kind of Divine presence. Theoretically this Divine presence had to be the only source of inspiration for the artists who wrote, illuminated and embellished the Quranic text. It cannot be “polluted” with pictures of Holy figures, special events or so on. In which way do these specific preconditions and other criteria influence Quran illumination? In the first place, we have to take into consideration that the artists who illuminated Qurans came from different ethnic, artistic, and historic backgrounds which nurtured what became a specific Islamic civilization and a specific Islamic art. And, next to the uniqueness of the text, these backgrounds were the sources of the formation and development of Quran illuminations as we can follow them up chronologically and regionally.

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    Abdulrahman Al Salimi; Eric Staples (eds.), A Maritime History

    Hildesheim 2016 256 p., throughout four-colour illustrations In preparation! Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-15390-2

    This interdisciplinary work emphasizes the maritime dimensions of Oman’s past, as both archaeologists and historians delve into a variety of sources to unearth its rich history. It explores Oman’s long and enduring relationship with the sea, which has had a profound impact on its history. The inhabitants of Oman who sailed to Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley in the Bronze Age helped to initiate the beginnings of long-distance maritime commerce. The frankincense trade that flourished in the Iron Age connected Oman with the larger western Indian Ocean and the Greco-Roman world. With the coming of Islam, Oman became part of a much larger series of Islamic maritime networks that extended from East Africa to China, sailing across the seas carrying peoples, goods, and ideas. European maritime incursions such as the Portuguese invasions eventually fostered maritime trade with Europe, and the establishment of the Ya’rubid and Al Bu Sa’id maritime empires increased interaction with East Africa and later the Atlantic area. In the modern period, Oman has made the transition from a traditional dhow economy to a modern maritime system. In addition, the work addresses the diverse forms of watercraft and navigational practices utilized by Omanis to venture out into the sea. Collectively, it shows that the sea is intimately tied to Oman’s history.

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    Abdulrahman Al Salimi; Eric Staples (eds.), The Ports of Oman

    Hildesheim 2016 368 p., throughout four-colour illustrations In preparation! Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-15391-9

    This work focuses on Oman’s urban connections with the sea, examining the ports of Oman in order to emphasize their function as centres of commerce and interaction. The importance of the port for the maritime economy is discussed, as well as the deep links that these ports had with the interior of Oman, connecting the culture and economy of its people to the rest of the world. Specific ports from each of the main regions – such as Sumhuram, Qalhat, Sur, Muscat, Mutrah, and Sohar – are examined in depth in order to collectively relate them within an interconnected web of trade and human movement. In addition, ports beyond Oman’s current borders that were at one time politically or economically connected to Oman – such as Gwadar, Julfar, Hormuz, and Zanzibar – are also addressed in order to capture these larger connections. Methodologically, it takes an interdisciplinary approach in regards to the material, integrating archaeological, textual, and in some cases ethnographic evidence in order to provide a more complete picture of the specific port and its connections with the larger Islamic world.

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    Abdulrahman Al Salimi; Eric Staples (eds.), The Islamic Maritime Lexicon

    Hildesheim 2017 800 p., throughout four-colour illustrations In preparation! Regular Edition, ISBN: 978-3-487-15393-3

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