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Announcement of a Seminar
On
The Fatwā System and Fatwā Books in the Ottoman Empire and India
14-15 January 2017

Istanbul Research and Education Foundation (ISAR), Istanbul University Theology Faculty, and the Indian Fiqh Academy will jointly organize an international symposium on “The Fatwā System and Fatwā Books in the Ottoman Empire and India,” to take place on January 14-15, 2017 in New Delhi.
The long-established history of Ottoman-Indian relations substantially developed peculiarly after the siege of Egypt and the Hijaz. The transference of the caliphate to the Ottomans led Indian Muslims to have recourse to the Ottoman state for their patronage. In this context, the Ottoman state in their effort to oppose the presence of the Portuguese in India sent forth naval fleets under the command of Ottoman captains, such as Piri Reis and Seydi Ali Reis, to regions where the Portuguese had settled. Ottoman-Indian relations meanwhile during the Mughal period had also maintained regular diplomatic ties. This situation laid the foundation for the interaction of scholars and men of letters from both regions.

Political relations between both regions showed considerable improvement while also having refined their scholarly and intellectual relations. The exchange in ideas which took place between Ottoman-Indian ulama, thinkers, and men of letters, contributed to the advancement of various sciences. At the forefront is the science of fiqh. The impact of fiqh, however, as a result of the interaction between the two regions has yet to be studied adequately. Having identified these shortcomings, Istanbul Research and Education Foundation (ISAR), Istanbul University Theology Faculty, and the Indian Fiqh Academy, organized for the first time a workshop on “The Fiqhi Heritage in the Ottoman Empire and India in light of Printed Works and Manuscripts” which took place on February 27-28, 2016. A decision was subsequently made as a result of this workshop to organize a symposium.

As a continuation of these efforts ISAR, Istanbul University Theology Faculty, and the Indian Fiqh Academy will jointly organize an international symposium on “The Fatwā System and Fatwā Books in the Ottoman Empire and India,” to take place on January 14-15, 2017 in New Delhi. In this respect, the symposium aims to elaborate on the Fatwā system and Fatwā books that were produced by Indian and Ottoman ulama. The subjects of the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fatwā Books and Muftīs
  • Content Analysis of Fatwā Books
  • Comparison of Issues on the Subject of Fatwā
  • Manuscripts of Fatwā Books
  • Methodology of Fatwā
  • Relationship between Fatwā and Social Phenomena
  • Social Life in Fatwā
  • Relationship between Fatwā and Government
  • Fatwā-Jurisdiction Establishments
  • Works of Fatwā dedicated to Different Fields

Participants will be reimbursed for accommodation costs. Travel expenses will not be covered. Abstracts not exceeding 350 words should be sent with an academic CV to symposium@isar.org.tr.

Important Dates

  • Submission of Abstracts: 15 September 2016
  • Announcement of Accepted Papers: 30 September 2016
  • Submission of Completed Papers: 15 December 2016
  • Date of Symposium: 14-15 January 2017

Contact Information

İSTANBUL ARAŞTIRMA VE EĞİTİM VAKFI (İSAR)
Selami Ali Mah. Selanikliler Mezarlık
Sok. No: 44
Üsküdar İstanbul, Türkiye
Tel : + 90-216-3109920
Fax : + 90-216-3912633
Website: www.isar.org.tr
http://ilahiyat.istanbul.edu.tr
http://www.ifa-india.org/

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