Lectures Organized by the Imam Ali Chair

As a supplement to courses offered at Hartford Seminary, the Imam Ali Chair has sponsored a series of lectures at Hartford Seminary on a variety of topics. They can be viewed below.

April 8, 2022: "Presence of Christian missionaries in 16th-17th century Persia" with Dr. Alberto Tiburcio, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Marburg (Germany) and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Dec. 4, 2018: "Apocalypticism and the Mahdi in Early Islam: Between Sectarian Identity and Political Thought" with Mohammad Sagha, Ph.D. candidate in Islamic History and Civilization at the University of Chicago.

Oct. 18, 2018: "Nusrat Amin's 'Treasury of Knowledge': Exploring the Shi'ite Qur'an Commentary of a 20th Century Female Scholar" with Dr. Maria Massi Dakake of George Mason University.

Sept. 25, 2018: "The Sunni-Shi’i Relationship and the Burden of History" with Dr. Karim Douglas Crow, Scholar-Coordinator on Islamic Thought and Muslim Modernity for the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy in Washington, D.C.

May 14, 2018: "The Art of Coexistence in the Teachings of the Shi'i Imams" with Professor Seyfeddin Kara of Hartford Seminary

April 5, 2018: "Imamology in Twelver-Shi'ite Islamic Thought" with Hadi Qazwini, Ph.D. candidate at the University of South California.

Feb. 27, 2018: "Death and Resurrection: The Islamic Perspective" with Imam Mohammed Tabarssi.

Nov. 12, 2016: "The Sahifa of Imam Reza as a Centerpiece of Confessional Ambiguity" with Dr. Jonathan AC Brown of Georgetown University.

April 28, 2016: "The Formative Period of Shi'i Thought" with Mohammad Sagha, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago and Professor Tehseen Thaver, Assistant Professor of Religion at Bard College

March 22, 2016: "Fiqh for Minorities: Shi'i Law in the Diaspora" with Professor Liyakat Takin of McMaster University


May 3, 2016: "Is My Kind Uncle Doomed? Debates on the Salvation of Abu Talib" with Professor Nebil A. Husayn, assistant instructor in the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University and assistant professor of religion at the University of Miami Oct. 24, 2016: "Sex and the Shari'a" with Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law  

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