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 2nd Summer School on Ibadism will take 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 Naples the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki  and the  College of Shar‘īa Sciences of the Sultanate of Oman .

REQUIREMENTS:  MA and PhD Students of all over the world are encouraged to participate. A background in Islamic studies is welcome.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS:  10-12. At least 3 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.

COSTS:  The Summer School will provide accommodation, meals and one excursion for the selected students. No tuition fees required.

APPLICATIONS:  To apply send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter by July 25th 2018  Ersilia Francesca  and to  Angeliki Ziaka .

Successful candidates will be informed of the decision by  August 10 2018 . Further details will be provided directly to them via email.

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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