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2014年9月10日 (水)



Conference on
Confessional Ambiguity, ʿAlid loyalty, and tashayyuʿ ḥasan
in the 13th to 16th Century Nile to Oxus Region

19-20 September 2014, Pembroke College, Oxford
Convened by Judith Pfeiffer

Program Friday, 19 September 2014
09:30-11:00 – Panel 1: Confessional Politics in the Ilkhanate
Chair: Kazuo Morimoto

Mahdi or Manjughosa? The non-Islamic Epistemology of Ghazan Khan’s (r. 694-703/1295-1304) Islamic Spiritual Authority
Michael Hope (Australian National University)

Confessional Ambiguity and the Nature of Sovereignty in the Works of Rashīd al-Dīn (d. 718/1318)
Judith Pfeiffer (University of Oxford)

11:30-13:00 – Panel 2: Timurid Observers of Confessional Ambiguity
Chair: Devin DeWeese

The Occult Sciences between Sunnism and Shiʿism in Late Timurid Iran
Maria Subtelny (University of Toronto)

Confessional Ambiguity of Ibn ʿInaba’s Ṭālibid Genealogies: Family Pride, Pragmatism, but Little Sectarianism
Kazuo Morimoto (The University of Tokyo)

14:30-16:00 – Panel 3: Spatial Dimensions of Confessional Ambiguity
Chair: Derin Terzioğlu

Imāms, Sayyids, Qalandars, Shahs and Pīrs: The Mapping of Confessional Space in Badakhshan
Jo-Ann Gross (The College of New Jersey Trenton, NJ)

From ‘Confessional Ambiguity’ to the ‘Imperial Shrines’ of Safavid Iran and Mughal India
Azfar Moin (The University of Texas at Austin)

17:00 – Keynote Address
The Transformation of Sufism in the Era of Confessional Ambiguity and its Impact on the Legitimacy of Kingship
Said Arjomand (SUNY)

Program Saturday, 20 September 2014
09:30-11:00 – Panel 4: The Politics of Confessional Ambiguity
Chair: Florian Schwarz

The First Martyr and the Sarbidarids: A Dry Run for Safavid Shiʿism
Robert Gleave (University of Exeter)

Restituting the Political: Qivām al‑Dīn Yazdī and the Confessional Dimensions of Iskandar b. ʿUmar Shaykh’s Political Program
lker Evrim Binbaş (Royal Holloway, University of London)

11:30-13:00 – Panel 5: Sufi Entanglements
Chair: Shahzad Bashir
The Paradoxes of Confessional Ambiguity in the Confessional Age: Alid Loyalty and Mainstream Sufism in the Ottoman Empire during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Derin Terzioğlu (Boğaziçi University)

Disciplinary Distinction, Personal Loyalty, and Confessional Experimentation: Patterns in Communal Nomenclature in the Eastern Islamic World, 13th-16th Centuries
Devin DeWeese (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN)

14:30-16:00 – Panel 6: Philosophy and Theology
Chair: Maria Subtelny

Theological Topologies Revisited: A Case Study of the Confessional Identity of Jalāl al-Dīn Dawānī (d. 1501) and Ṣadr al-Dīn Dashtakī (d. 1498)
Ahab Bdaiwi (University of St Andrews)

In Praise of Determinacy: Disambiguating the Shiʿism of Mullā Ṣadrā (d. 1635)
Sajjad Rizvi (University of Exeter)

16:30-18:30 – Panel 7: Questions and Counterpoints
Chair: Judith Pfeiffer

Ambiguity reloaded. The two guises of an early Safavid historical narrative
Florian Schwarz (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

Is it Possible to Write Non-sectarian Islamic History?
Shahzad Bashir (Stanford University, CA)

Attendance is free of charge, but spaces are limited and restricted to those who have pre-registered.

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