Translated by Yusuf Ali
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‘Confessional Ambiguity, ‘Alid Loyalty and Tashayyu’ Hasan in the 13th to 16th Century Nile to Oxus Region’
A delegation from the CISS participated in the conference that was held at Pembroke College, University of Oxford for the 19th and 20th of September. One of the major themes of the later middle and early modern periods of Islamic history is the gradual ‘Shi’itisation’ of large sections of social, intellectual, and political collectivises in the Nile to Oxus region. Rather than re-telling a narrative that leads up to the establishment of Twelver Shi’ism as a state religion in 16th century Iran, and departing from the assumption of a confessional polarisation that is largely, if nor exclusively, defined by political faultlines, the conference offered an opportunity to address claims about the uniqueness of the Safavid period, putting it into a much broader historical and geographical context in which there is space for the discussion of alternative and abortive movements.
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