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Preliminary Program

Schedule: April 28th

9:00-9:30 * Breakfast

9:30-9:45 * Opening Remarks

9:45-11:15 * Establishing Sufi Authority (Chair: Prof. P. M. Khan)

Omar, Edaibat (PhD, IIS, McGill University)
“‘Neo-Sufism,’ ‘Neo-Traditionalism,’ and the Modern ‘Sufi Resurgence’ Revisited: The Case of the Ba‘alawi Tariqa of the Hadramaut”

Sylvain Cornac (PhD, History, UQÀM)
“The Maghribi Community and the Foundations of 'Abd al-Qadir’s Authority in Ottoman Syria (1847-1855)”

Geneviève Mercier-Dalphond (MA, Religious Studies, McGill University)
Tracing Networks of Knowledge and Power across a Sufi New Religious Movement”

Kabira Masotta (PhD, EPHE Paris)
“La transmission des pratiques ascétiques et mystiques chez les premiers ascètes musulmans d’après la Hilayat
d’Abu Nu’aym al-Isfahani”

11:15-11:30 * Break

11:30-13:00 * Approaching New Methodologies (Chair: Prof. R. Wisnovsky)

Brian Wright (PhD, IIS, McGill University)
“Operating Principles in Islamic Law: Rida in Hanafi Contract Form”

Naser Dumairieh (PhD, IIS, McGill University)
“Isnad as a Source for Postclassical Islamic Philosophy”

Pauline Froissart (PhD, IIS, McGill University)
“Walking an Alley of Islamic Philosophy in Company of Pierre Hadot: Abu’l-Barakat al-Baghdadi and Philosophical Texts as Training Device”

Giovanni Carrera (PhD, IIS, McGill University)
“The Reception of the Razian Corpus: a First Evaluation on its Transmission and Exegetical Practice”

13:00-14:30 * Lunch

14:30-16:30 * Keynote Speaker - Prof. Marcia Hermansen (Loyola University), “Knowing and/or Being: Transmission and Global Sufism”

Schedule: April 29th

9:00-9:30 * Breakfast

9:30-11:00 * Influencing Figures (Chair: Prof L. Parsons)

Hussam Raafat Ahmed (PhD, History, McGIll University)
“Nahda Goes to University: Taha Hussein and the Mission of the Private Egyptian University (1908-1925)”

Zahra Sabri (PhD, IIS, McGill University)
“Sauda, Mir, and Ghalib: ‘Shi’a’ themes in Pre-Modern Urdu Poetry”

Ashutosh Kumar (PhD, IIS, McGill University)
“The Making of a Timurid Sovereign: Mughal Imperial Identity in the Baburnama

Ramzi Taleb (PhD, IIS, University of Toronto)
“Suhrawardi’s (d. 1191) Encounter with his Angelic Father in the Treatise of the Occidental Exile: The Vision
of the Intellect through the Mirror of Imagination”

11:00-11:15 * Break/Pause

11:15-12:45 * Decolonizing Knowledge (Chair: Prof. A. Salvatore)

Jason Sparkes (PhD, Religious Studies, Wilfred Laurier University)
“Decolonial Muslim Thought in the Face of Islamophobic Epistemicide”

Shehnaz Haqqani (PhD, Islamic Studies, University of Texas)
“Constructions of an ‘Islamic Tradition’ and Islamic Feminism in the Western Muslim Diaspora”

Zehra Sahin (PhD, Sociology, UdeM)
“Legitimizing Official Islam in Diaspora: Republican Imams between Ankara and Montreal”

Moulay Rachid Mrani (PhD, Religious Studies, UQÀM)
“Les Imams du Québec: Un discours religieux partagé entre la fidélité à la lettre et la volonté d’adaptation au

12:45-14:15 * Lunch

14:15-15:45 * Constructing Identity across Mediums (Chair: Prof. P. Keshavmurthy)

Zainub Rahman (MA, English Language and Literature, University of Calgary)
“Instabard: Canadian Muslim Poetry in the Age of Social Media”

Salah-Eddine Taoufik (PhD, Contemporary Religions, University of Sherbrooke)
“The Representation of the Prophet Muhammad in Cinema"

Hatice Nuriler (MA, Cultural Studies, Istanbul Sehir University)
“The Ottoman Novel: A Literary Approach to Integrating ‘the Muslim’ with ‘the Modern’ in 19th Century Ottoman Society”

Peiyu Yang (PhD, IIS, McGill University)
Constructing a Jahriya identity in the writing and translating of Rashuh

15:30-15:45 * Break

16:00-17:15 * Roundtable - Prof. Emeritus Howard M. Federspiel (Ohio State University) “Retrospective Reflections on Transmission and Knowledge”