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Mysticism and Ethics in Islam التصوف والأخلاق في الإسلام

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Mysticism and Ethics in Islam التصوف والأخلاق في الإسلام


American University of Beirut
Sheikh Zayed Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies
A conference marking 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Mysticism and Ethics in Islam
التصوف والأخلاق في الإسلام
Organized by Bilal Orfali, Mohammed Rustom, and Radwan Sayyid
May 2-3, 2019

PAPER PANELS

May 2, 2019

9:00-10:00 Opening Remarks: Dean of Arts and Sciences and Conference Organizers (Bilal Orfali,
Mohammed Rustom, and Radwan Sayyid)

10:00-11:30 Panel 1: Defining Boundaries I
Chair: Ramzi Baalbaki
Suad al-Hakim :“الأخلاق في التصوف: بين تزكية النفس وتزكية السلوك”
Chafika Ouail: “النّسق المعرفيّ لإعادة إنتاج المفاهيم الأخلاقيّة عند الصّوفيّة”
Issam Eido: “تلوّنات المتصوّفة والمفهوم الأخلاقي في الأدب الصوفي”

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:30 Panel 2: Defining Boundaries II
Chair: Atif Khalil
Michael Arnold: “Sufism as an Ethical Panacea? Situating Taṣawwuf in Islamic Ethics”
Sophia Vasalou: “Does al-Ghazālī have a Theory of Virtue?”
Jeremy Farrell: A “Value Theory” of Obligations: Early Sufi approaches to zuhd

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:30 Panel 3: From Grief to Love
Chair: Sebastian Günther
Riccardo Paredi: “To Grieve or Not to Grieve? The Concept of ḥuzn in Early Sufism”
Atif Khalil: “On Patience in Early Sufi Ethics”
Kazuyo Murata: “Sufism and the Pursuit of Happiness”
Mohammed Rustom: “Theo-Fānī: ʿAyn al-Quḍāt and the Fire of Love”

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-18:00 Keynote Address: Jamal Elias: “Revisiting Rūmī’s Mathnawī as the ‘Persian Qur’an’ through the Lens of Anqarawī”


May 3, 2019

9:00-11:30 Panel 4: Late Pre-Modern Sufism
Chair: Bilal Orfali
Matthew Ingalls: “al-Shaʿrānī’s Laṭāʾif al-minan and the Virtue of Sincere Immodesty”
Rizwan Zamir: “‘Dogs are Better than You!’ Mockery in Punjabi Sufi Poetry”
Alexandre Papas: “Sufism and Ethics in Central Asia: Ṣūfī Allāhyār’s Thabāt al-ʿājizīn and its
Legacy”
Marcia Hermansen: “Shāh Walī Allāh and the Virtues”
Muetaz A. Al-Khatib: “المعارف والأحوال: العز بن عبد السلام والتأسيس لأخلاق الظاهر والباطن”

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:30 Panel 5: Literary Engagements

Chair: Enass Khansa
Lina Jammal: “أحلام المتصوّفة”
Richard McGregor: “Beauty, Vision, and the Discipline of Bodies in Sufi Aesthetics”
Vahid Behmardi: “Social Ethics in Rūmī’s Mathnawī”

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:00 Panel 6: Sufism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries I
Chair: Lyall Armstrong
Paul Heck: “Mystical Traditions of Prophetic Ethics in Moroccan Sufism: The Case of ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Dabbāgh (d. 1719)”
Ahmed El-Shamsy: “Modernist Appropriations of Sufi Ethics”
Leila Almazova: “Sufism and Modern Muslim Ethics in 20th Century Russian Islamic Thought”


16:00-17:30 Panel 7: Sufism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries II

Chair: Bashshar Haydar
Mohammed Helmi: “سؤال التَّصوف في الأفق الـمُعاصر: التَّاريخ والـمصائر”
Oludamini Ogunnaike: “The Existential, Epistemological Ethics of Tarbiyah: Ibrahim Niasse’s Maqāmāt al-dīn al-thalāth”
Abdelouahab Belgherras: “الأخلاق الصوفية في الخطاب المعاصر: الإنسان "الكامل" والمواطنة العالميّة”

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-19:00 Keynote Address: Gerhard Böwering: “Islamic Ethics Inspired by Donning God’s dress (al-takhalluq bi-akhlāq Allāh)”



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