About Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium

Spring 2015 Events



Next Event: *Wednesday, 5/20
Constructing a Textual Tradition

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Jones 102
Presenter: Wasim Shiliwala (NES)
Paper Title: Constructing a Textual Tradition: Salafi Commentaries on al-ʿAqida al-Tahawiyya
Discussant: Jacob Olidort (NES)

A light lunch will be served

Although the Salafi movement prides itself on its doctrinal purity, it has recently embraced the creed of Abu Jaʿfar al-Tahawi (d. 321/933), which diverges from Salafi beliefs on a few significant issues, including the attributes of God and the nature of faith. This paper tries to account for this phenomenon by examining the scholarly production around the text and analyzing commentaries on some the creed’s problematic points. I argue that for the Salafi movement, the problems found in this text are outweighed by the potential advantages of including it in a Salafi textual tradition.


About the PISC

The Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium is a forum for discussion and peer review of graduate students' research projects and guest scholars' works-in-progress in the field of Islamic Studies. The Islamic Studies Colloquium formed in the spring of 2009 with the hope of encouraging an interdepartmental discussion and circulation of ideas among graduate students and professors with an interest in Islamic Studies.

The colloquium meets once or twice a month over lunch to discuss a pre-circulated paper, and all attendees are expected to have read and reflected on the paper beforehand. A discussant initiates the conversation with a summary of the work in progress' main argument, taking care to identify what the piece contributes to current scholarship as well as the potential for further development. Following the author's response, a moderator conducts an hour of mediated discussion. The forum is led and organized by graduate students.

PISC is supported by the generosity of Princeton University's Department of Religion, the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion.

Please contact pisc@princeton.edu for more information.


Spring Schedule 2015

              All meetings will take place in Jones 102 at 12pm unless otherwise noted. A light lunch will be served.

3/12: Matthew Schumann (NES)
The Transmission of Knowledge in Early Modern Morocco

3/26: Peter Kitlas (NES)
Early Modern Infra-Islamic Diplomacy: a Study of two Moroccan Ambassadors in Istanbul

4/16: Maria-Magdalena Fuchs (REL)
Between mosque, school, and printing house: Muslim associations in colonial Punjab

4/30: Joel Rozen (ANT)
Notes from Sfax: Entrepreneurs and the Suspension of Alterity

5/20: Wasim Shiliwala (NES)
Constructing a Textual Tradition: Salafi Commentaries on al-`Aqida al-Tahawiyya