I have recently had the good news that my proposal for a second book was passed at the Edinburgh University Press ‘Press Committee’. I am writing a contemporary theological work drawing on the Maturidi tradition and engaging with modern philosophy and theology (including Christian thinkers).
This book will dig deeper into some of the underlying questions raised by The Qur’an and the Just Society in terms of the nature of God, His attributes and relationship to humanity and seek to frame them in contemporary modes of thought. I therefore see the second book both as a continuation of the first, and as laying the foundation for further enquiries into ethics, hermeneutics and more.
Why stick with Edinburgh? I found the process of publishing with them both enjoyable and supportive and am very happy with the quality of the finished book. Even better, Edinburgh have welcomed the suggestion of writing a series of interconnected books.
We have been able to publish a draft programme for the symposium I am co-convening at the Cambridge Muslim College on 12th September. I am excited, as I feel the programme is diverse, yet coherent. It is also great that we have managed to attract abstracts from internationally based scholars from the USA, Italy, Norway and Germany, as well as those from the UK.
This should be a really good opportunity to bring scholars together working in some way on the theme of revelation and to open up discussions to deepen our understanding.
To download the pdf with full details, including how to register to attend, please follow the link here.
Here is a shot of my panel (Theology) at the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS) Conference 2014 in Edinburgh, which was taken by Chris Moses (@cjj_moses). My paper was called ‘Theodicy and the Limits of the Possible: ḥikmah and takwīn in Māturīdī Thought’. I felt it was generally well-received and it stimulated some interesting discussions with other delegates. I hope to turn it into a peer-reviewed article when I have time.
I had a good time at the conference and heard some good papers, as well as having many enlightening conversations at the margins.
My paper proposal has been accepted at the Inaugural BRAIS Conference ‘Showcasing Islamic Studies in the UK’, due to be held at the University of Edinburgh, April 10-11th 2014.
The title of my paper is ‘Theodicy and the Limits of the Possible: Ḥikmah and Takwīn in Māturīdī Thought‘ and it will be part of the Theology panel at 11:45-13:15 on Thursday 10th April.
This will be a chance to share some of my study of the Māturīdī theological tradition that took place as part of my PhD research, as well as outside of it. I hope to later turn it into a journal article.
Here is my current rendering of Bad’ al-Amali by Siraj al-Din al-‘Ushi. Note that this is not a literal translation and I have used Mulla Ali al-Qari’s commentary extensively in order to attempt to render it in pleasing couplets. Constructive criticism is welcome.