The Third Workshop of the Network of British Researchers and Practitioners of Islamic Law


An AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Project



Diversity and Change in Islamic Law:

Developments in Shi’ite Jurisprudence

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June 2009

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

University of Exeter


We are inviting paper proposals and research reports on any aspect of Islamic Law (early, classical or modern, theoretical or applied) for the third gathering the Network of the British Researchers and Practitioners of Islamic Law. 


Paper proposals and research reports on Islamic law, law within the Muslim world, or law amongst diaspora Muslim communities are welcome.  As with the first workshop (held 19th-20th June 2008 – programme here), and the second workshop (held 14th-15th November 2009 – programme here) this workshop has a particular focus, and proposals in the following areas are particularly encouraged:

(i) the law of the Shiite communities (Ithna’ashari, Isma’ili, Zaydi) and their schools through history

(ii) law in the areas of the Muslim world where a Shi’ite madhhab has been dominant,

(iii) diaspora Muslim communities which continue to use one of the  Shi’ite madhhab traditions.


Abstracts for paper proposals (normally entailing a presentation of 25-30 minutes with questions) should be a maximum of 200 words in length.  They should be sent to the convenor of the Network, Robert Gleave ( no later than Friday 3rd April 2009.

(For research reports, entailing a short presentation of 10 minutes including questions, only the title and a two sentence summary need be sent to the above e-mail address by the specified date).


Paper proposals and research reports are particularly encouraged from PhD students and emerging scholars and practitioners working in the legal profession.


Further details on the Islamic Law project can be found here.


Those interested in this workshop may also be interested in a separate project:

“Clerical Authority in Shi’i Islam:  Culture and Learning in the Seminaries of Iraq and Iran”.  For details, click here.