Summer School

The Summer Schools on Ibadism examine and present the fundamentals of Islam and Ibadism through a 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 a growing presence 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.
Moving from this complex and often conflicting landscape, the Summer Schools aim at discussing the essentials and the pacifistic dimension of Ibadism within the framework of North Africa and Middle East historical and geo-political context.
The main scope is to approach the Ibāḍī sources, to explore their richness and to understand their impact on the development of the Ibāḍī communities through time and space and their contribution to the Islamic and world’s heritage.
By studying Ibadism in its historical, theological and geopolitical context, we will provide the audience with a better understanding of this Islamic school and its alternative peaceful attitude starting from early Islam until today.

The 3rd Summer School on Ibadism took place at the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver - Canada) on

The 2nd Summer School on Ibadism took place on Procida Island (Naples), Scuola di Procida per l’Alta Formazione, University of Naples "L’Orientale" on 8-13 October 2018, as a joint initiative of the University "L’Orientale" of Naplesthe Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the College of Shar‘īa Sciences of the Sultanate of Oman.

On September 3-10 2017, a Summer School on "Ibadism. Understanding diversity within Islam" was successfully held in Volos, Greece, by the Department of Inter-religious Studies of Volos Academy for Theological Studies, in cooperation with the School of Theology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Naples "L’Orientale" and the College of Islamic Law of Oman. The Summer School explored the fundamentals of Islam and Ibadism in its historical, juridical, literary, religious and anthropological prospects. 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 a growing presence 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.

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Scientific Committee

  • Abdulrahman Al Salmi, Sultanate of Oman
  • Adam Gaiser, Florida University
  • Angeliki Ziaka, Aristotle University
  • Ersilia Francesca, University Orientale
  • Valerie Hoffman, Illinois Urbana-Champaign University
  • Yohei Kondo,Tokyo University

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