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The Shīʿah Institute Symposium 2017 ‘Nahj al-Balāghah: The Word of ʿAlī’ – Welcome Note

On 14th and 15th December 2017, the Shīʿah Institute hosted its third symposium on the subject of ‘Nahj al-Balāghah: The Word of ʿAlī’, at The Warburg Institute, University of London. The Dean of the Shīʿah Institute, Dr Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi inaugurates the Symposium with a welcome note.

“As the Paramount source for the word of the Prince of the Believers (amīr al-muʾminīn) ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, the Nahj al-Balāghah—compiled by al-Sharīf al-Raḍī in 400 AH/ 1010 CE—is a foundational text of Arabic literature and an enduring font of the spiritual and intellectual life of Islam. There is no doubt that the words of of Imām ʿAlī, have exercised as profound and formative impact on the development of the Arabic language, as Shakespeare, the King James’ Bible, and Milton, have had on English”.

The symposium, a first of its kind on this subject saw leading scholars from around the world explore key themes pertaining to the ‘Nahj al-Balāghah: The Word of ʿAlī’.

 

The Shīʿah Institute Symposium 2017 ‘Nahj al-Balāghah: The Word of ʿAlī’

On 14th and 15th December 2017, the Shīʿah Institute hosted its third symposium on the subject of ‘Nahj al-Balāghah: The Word of ʿAlī’, at The Warburg Institute, University of London.

“As the Paramount source for the word of the Prince of the Believers (amīr al-muʾminīn) ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, the Nahj al-Balāghah—compiled by al-Sharīf al-Raḍī in 400 AH/ 1010 CE—is a foundational text of Arabic literature and an enduring font of the spiritual and intellectual life of Islam. There is no doubt that the words of of Imām ʿAlī, have exercised as profound and formative impact on the development of the Arabic language, as Shakespeare, the King James’ Bible, and Milton, have had on English”.

The symposium, a first of its kind on this subject saw leading scholars from around the world explore key themes pertaining to the ‘Nahj al-Balāghah: The Word of ʿAlī’.

The Shīʿah Institute Symposium 2017 – Programme

We are pleased to announce the programme for the Shīʿah Institute’s third symposium, on the subject of ‘Nahj al-Balāghah: The Word of ʿAlī’. This two-day symposium will examine, explore, and contextualise this enduring masterpiece of Arabic literature—an indispensable member of the canon of world religious and spiritual texts.

Attendance to The Shīʿah Institute’s symposia is by invitation only. If you would like to attend please register your interest via the contact page.

The Call of the Free – Book Launch Event

On the 4th of November 2016, the Shīʿah Institute hosted a well-attended book launch at Senate House, University of London, for ‘The Call of the Free’; the first volume in the ʿĀshūrāʾ Literature series, published by The Shīʿah Institute Press.

‘The Call of the Free’ portrays the events leading up to the massacre of Imām al-Ḥusayn, his family, and his companions at Karbala on the day of ʿĀshūrāʾ in 61 AH/680 CE, as seen through the eyes of al-Ḥurr al-Riyāḥī, a man caught between his worldly duty as a soldier of the Umayyad Caliphate and his conscience.

‘The Call of the Free’ is an adaptation by Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi of Ṣawt al-Ḥurr al-Riyāḥī by the Iraqi poet and playwright Riḍā al-Khafājī, which employs many characteristic features of traditional English prosody. It is the first work of its kind to introduce the long theatrical tradition of Mystery plays in honour of ʿĀshūrāʾ to the Anglophone world.

This new publication offers readers an insight into the rich commemorative practices surrounding the lamentation of the massacre at Karbala.

Welcome Speech – The Shīʿah Institute Annual Symposium 2016 ‘Lamenting Karbala: Commemoration, Mourning, and Memory’

From the 31st of August to the 2nd of September 2016, the Shīʿah Institute held its second Annual Symposium on the subject of ‘Lamenting Karbala: Commemoration, Mourning, and Memory’, at the Warburg Institute, University of London. The Symposium was an international event, attended by renowned scholars from the four corners of the world. The welcome note was delivered by the Dean of the Shīʿah Institute, Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi.