From the 24th to the 30th of July



Dr Timothy Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad)

Abdal Hakim was educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar and London universities. He is currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College. He has published and contributed to numerous academic works on Islam, including as Director of the Sunna Project, and is a leading figure in inter-faith activity, notably as one of the signatories to the Common Word statement. He is well-known as a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’.

Dr Samer Dajani

Dr Samer Dajani studies the different methodologies of the Sunni schools of jurisprudence, as well as broader theories on legal diversity and the nature of the Shari’a. His PhD focused on the links between the legal thought of four major Sufi figures from the 3rd/9th century until the 19th centuries, as well as the influence of their ideas on later revivalist movements in the 19th and 20th centuries.  He received his BA in Arab & Islamic Civilizations from the American University in Cairo, followed by an MA and PhD in the field of Islamic Studies from SOAS, University of London. He is the author of Reassurance for the Seeker: A Biography and Translation of Salih al-Ja’fari’s al-Fawa’id al-Ja‘fariyya, a Commentary on Forty Prophetic Traditions (Fons Vitae, 2013) and his upcoming works include The Sufi’s and the Law: Ibn Arabi’s School of Mercy (to be published), “The Centrality of Ibn Arabi in Popular Hadith Chains” (Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society, November 2017) and Sufi Hadith Commentaries and Their Impact on Classic Hadith Commentary Works (to be published)


Dr Najah Nadi

Dr Najah Nadi research interests include: the history and development of Islamic law and legal theories; fatwas and fatwa institutions; Islamic intellectual history; logic and dialectics; professional ethics and exegesis of the Qur’ān. She holds an M.A. in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University and a B.A. in Islamic studies from al-Azhar University. Her DPhil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford was on the Theorising the Relationship between Kalām and Uṣūl al-Fiqh: the Legal–Theological Hermeneutics of Saʿd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī (d. 792/1390). Dr Nadi also completed several years of traditional training at al-Azhar Mosque’s reading-circles, receiving ijāzāt in Shāfi’ī fiqh (jurisprudence), uṣūl al-fiqh (legal theory), ‘ilm al- kalām (philosophical theology)  and manṭiq (logic). She is a junior fellow at the Holberg seminar on Islamic history at Princeton University.



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