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February 2018

Rare Manuscripts of the Moroccan Royal Library: An Introduction and Overview

February 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This lecture will describe some of the rare holdings of al-Khizāna al-Ḥassania, discuss issues related to Maghribi paleography, codicology, and art, imagery, and the symbolism and significance of color used in selected manuscripts. The lecture will also offer advice for potential researchers and suggest fruitful avenues for research in manuscripts at the Ḥassania Library.   Dr. Khalid Zahri is Assistant Director, Curator, and researcher for the manuscript collection of the Hassania Royal Library in Morocco. He travels widely to share…

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October 2016

Islam and Muslims in an Age of ISIS and Islamophobia

October 29, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

with Professor Omid Safi Director, Islamic Studies Center Duke University A public event sponsored by the UCLA Islamic Studies-MRI Fund Co-sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) and the Center for the Study of Religion (CSR) Fifteen years after the horrific attacks of 9/11, the American Muslim community and the American democratic experiment both find themselves in a perilous state. No American community is viewed with more hostility and negativity. On one hand the community has had to perpetually defend itself against…

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The Substantive Pull of Procedure in Early Islamic Courts: The Curious Case of Bughaybigha

October 10, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

A lecture by Intisar A. Rabb (Harvard Law School) Intisar A. Rabb is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program: SHARIAsource. She also holds an appointment as a Professor of History and as a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She has published the monograph, Doubt in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press 2015), an edited volume, Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought(with Michael…

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I Can Hear The Barbarians

October 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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April 2016

Kitāb al-Ḥayda and Early Ḥanbalī Creeds

April 25, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Among Islamic groups, Sunnī traditionalists, especially Ḥanbalīs, were strongly opposed to kalām (dialectical theology). Their condemnation of kalām was such that it became an established article of their creeds. Notwithstanding this official condemnation, there is evidence in their writings that they practiced kalām. For example, Ḥanbalī practices of kalām have been examined in the work of Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328), as have their influences on the disputational legal writings (jadal al-fiqh) of Ibn ʿAqīl (d. 513/1119). This talk investigates the…

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