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University of Chicago to Host Shia Studies Symposium

The University of Chicago plans to hold a Shia Studies Symposium on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2.

Organized by the university’s Shia Studies Group, it is said to be aimed at providing an interdisciplinary, non-area-specific forum for the discussion of research on Shiʿism by faculty and graduate students at the University and beyond.

The annual symposium also aims to strengthen the field of Shia studies by bringing together a group of both senior and early-career scholars to present research and to cultivate an environment for intellectual discussion and collaboration, organizer say.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the University of Chicago Divinity School: Swift Hall, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago.

Funding and support for this symposium is provided by various funders within the University of Chicago, including the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Stevanovich Institute for the Formation of Knowledge, the Norman Wait Harris Fund, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Division of the Social Sciences, the Council for Advanced Studies Islamic Studies workshops and MEHAT workshops, the Department for Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History, and the Martin Marty Center at the Divinity School.

Premodern Seminaries and Epistemological Developments in Twelver Shia Legal Thought, Ismaili Institutions of Learning, Minor Ghayba Scholarly and Social Networks, Modern Seminary Thinkers and Claims to Legitimacy, Early Shia Genres of Literature, and Social Sciences and the Modern Ḥawza are the themes the panels of the symposium are to discuss.

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