International Conference: “Ibn Taymiyya's Thought: Corpus, Reception and Legacy”

9-10 November, 2022, MMSH, Duby Room, Aix-en-Provence.

Organizers: Mehdi Berriah, VU Amsterdam, Arjan Post, KU Leuven, Sarah Van Eyken, KU Leuven, Nadjet Zouggar, Aix-Marseille University, Iremam.

This conference is part of the research project “The taymiyyan corpus of jihad: reception, decontextualization and instrumentalization by the contemporary jihadist movements” (Mehdi Berriah), winning project of the call for projects 2020 « Islam, religion et society » of the French Ministry of Interior - Central Bureau of Cults and the PhD Project “Questioning the Quiescence of the Ottoman Ḥanbalīs: The Genesis of Conservative Salafism” (Sarah Van Eyken) and organised in partnership with the VU Amsterdam, KU Leuven, the Centre for Islamic Theology (CIT-VU), the CNRS-UMR 8167 Orient et Méditérannée, Aix-Marseille University, the IREMAM (The Institute of Research and Study on the Arab and Islamic Worlds), the CEFREPA (The French Research Centre of the Arabian Peninsula) and the IISMM (Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman). Download the program


Wednesday 9 November, 2022

9:00: Words of welcome
9:05: Introduction

Ibn Taymiyya and Theological and Philosophical
9:15 – 10:45 – Chairman: Arjan Post

Jon Hoover (University of Nottingham)
Reflections on Ibn Taymiyya and God as a spatial-temporal existent.

Safaruk Chowdhury (Cambridge Muslim College)
Foreknowledge, Causality and Destiny: Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328) on the Problem of Petitionary Prayers.

Adrien Candiard (Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies, Cairo)
Ibn Taymiyya et le Dieu des philosophes : la réfutation de Talḫīṣ de la Métaphysique d'Aristote de Ṯābit Ibn Qurra (m. en 288/901).

10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee Break

Ibn Taymiyya and Jihad
11:00 – 12:30 – Chairman: Sarah Van Eyken

Mehdi Berriah (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
An important and neglected epistle by Ibn Taymiyya on jihad: Qāʿida fī al-inghimās fi al-ʿaduww.

Farid Bouchiba (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
Pour quel motif les infidèles doivent-ils être combattus ? Une relecture de la théorie du ǧihād chez Ibn Taymiyya.

Yaser Ellethy (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Ibn Taymiyya's exegetic view of naskh and his theory of jihad.

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

Reception of Ibn Taymiyya in Pre-Modern and Modern Times
14:00 – 16:00 – Chairman: Mehdi Berriah

Nadjet Zouggar (University of Aix-Marseille, Iremam)
Ibn Taymiyya était-il hostile à l’imam ʿAlī (nāṣibī) ? Aspects de la polémique contemporaine sur cette question.
Sarah Van Eyken (KU Leuven)
The legacy of Ibn Taymiyya in the theology of Muḥammad b. Aḥmad al-Saffārīnī al-Ḥanbalī (d. 1188).

Daoud Riffi (Sciences Po Lille)
Du šayḫ al-islām à l’intellectuel : réception et fonctions d’Ibn Taymiyya dans la littérature francophone.

Kadir Gombeyaz (Kocaeli University)
Ibn Taymiyya between Fact and Fiction in Modern Turkey. A Special Reference to the Perception of Necip Fazıl Kısakürek (1905-1983) on Ibn Taymiyya.

19:00 – Diner

Thursday 10 November, 2022

Controversy and Refutation
9:00 – 10:30 – Chairman: Nadjet Zouggar

Caterina Bori (University of Bologna)
Al-Siyāsa al-sharʿiyya: a concept in history and its applications. Ibn Farḥūn al-Malikī (d. 1397) and his book for judges.

Arjan Post (KU Leuven)
No Peace Under Mamluk Rule: How Post-Taymiyyan Ḥanbalīs Continued to Oppose the Mutakallimūn.

Livnat Holtzman (Bar-Ilan University)
The Prophet’s Finger: A New Perspective on Ibn Taymiyya’s Trials in Damascus and Cairo.

10:30 – 10:45 – Coffee Break

Tafsīr and Hermeneutics in Ibn Taymiyya
10:45-12:00 – Chairman: Jon Hoover

Pieter Coppens (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Ibn Taymiyya’s Take on Muʿāwiyya and the Making of 20th-Century Salafi Hermeneutics.

Ahmed Oulddali (Université Lyon 2)
Herméneutique et « contre-herméneutique » dans l’œuvre d’Ibn Taymiyya.

12:00-12:30 - Publishing process information and timeline

12:30 – Lunch