International Conference: "Takfi-r: A Diachronic Perspective"

Main Hall - CCHS
 
The present workshop deals with a series of cases, from different periods and different parts of the Muslim world, of individuals or groups that used the instrument of 'takfir' to brand their opponents—again, either individuals or groups—as unbelievers who could, or should, be combated. Each case presented will be placed in the socio-political and religious milieu in which the condemnation was first voiced and, though not nearly always, put into practice.
 
Speakers will address questions such as: What were the beliefs and/or practices that gave rise to accusations of unbelief, and what was objectionable about them in the eyes of the ones who condemned them?
 
How was the 'takfir' publicized, and how was it justified?
 
To what extent was 'takfir' sanctioned by religious and/or political authorities? (or, conversely, to what extent were the latter themselves the object of 'takfir'?)
 
What sources and precedents are cited by the accusers?
 
What were the practical consequences for individuals or groups hit by accusations of intolerable unbelief?
 
How did they defend themselves against the accusations?
 
Were there any third parties who defended them?
 
Who were the ones who carried out the punishment incurred for 'kufr'?
 
What were the practical consequences of their actions (e.g., were they, in turn, punished by the authorities?)
 
Did the condemners or the condemned receive a hero-like status in the eyes of (sections of) the population?.
 
 
Organized: Maribel Fierro (ILC, CCHS-CSIC), Camilla Adang, Hassan Ansari and Sabine Schmidtke.
 
receive a hero-like status in the eyes of (sections of) the population.Organized by Camilla Adang, Hassan Ansari, Maribel Fierro and Sabine 
Schmidtke*
 
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The present workshop deals with a series of cases, from different 
periods and different parts of the Muslim world, of individuals or 
groups that used the instrument of /takfir/ to brand their 
opponents—again, either individuals or groups—as unbelievers who could, 
or should, be combated. Each case presented will be placed in the 
socio-political and religious milieu in which the condemnation was first 
voiced and, though not nearly always, put into practice. Speakers will 
address questions such as: What were the beliefs and/or practices that 
gave rise to accusations of unbelief, and what was objectionable about 
them in the eyes of the ones who condemned them? How was the /takfir/ 
publicized, and how was it justified? To what extent was /takfir/ 
sanctioned by religious and/or political authorities? (or, conversely, 
to what extent were the latter themselves the object of /takfir/?)/ 
/What sources and precedents are cited by the accusers? What were the 
practical consequences for individuals or groups hit by accusations of 
intolerable unbelief? How did they defend themselves against the 
accusations? Were there any third parties who defended them? Who were 
the ones who carried out the punishment incurred for /kufr/? What were 
the practical consequences of their actions (e.g., were they, in turn, 
punished by the authorities?) Did the condemners or the condemned 
receive a hero-like status in the eyes of (sections of) the population.
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