Rereading Sources and Scholarly Works
May 28th to May 30th 2012
University of Naples “L’Orientale”
The aim of this conference was to explore different issues of Ibadi theology from the early beginnings until the present day. It focused on the formative period of Ibadi theology, the transformation period and the theological discourse.The Ibadis are a moderate branch of Islam. At present they form the main part of the population in Oman, in the oases of Mzab in Algeria, of Zawara and Jabal Nafusa in Tripolitania, on the island of Jerba in Tunisia, while small groups are found on the island of Zanzibar and on the East African coast.
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 long history and its vitality, Ibadi Islam has often been misunderstood and remains little known.