Theology in Practice

Friday 7 June 2024, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Annual Research Seminar

The Annual Research Seminar 'Theology in Practice', organised by the department of Islam, Politics, and Society will take place on the 7th of June in room E.15.39 in the Erasmus building.

Keynote speaker dr. Seyfeddin Kara (University of Groningen) will deliver a talk on Sunni/Shiʿi beliefs regarding apocalypse and messianic figures, tracing their historical significance and examining their contemporary roles in the political and social affairs of the Middle East. While the concept of apocalypse and messianism is present in both Sunni and Shiʿi denominations, the notion of Imamate is deeply entrenched in Twelver Shiʿism, leading to an eager and "active" anticipation for the return of the twelfth Imam al-Mahdi to combat oppression and injustice in the world. This proactive anticipation echoes through the political and military strategies of Twelver Shiʿis in Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Event schedule

9:30 – 9:45 Words of welcome

9:45 – 10:45 Panel I

  • Depicting/imaging God: The Representation of the Word (of) Allah by Nicolet Boekhoff- van der Voort
  • Images of God among former Muslims and Copts in Egypt by Karin van Nieuwkerk

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:00 Panel II

  • Food and/through Theology by Joud Alkorani
  • What a waste: Muslim attitudes towards food waste and their theological underpinnings by Harald Viersen and Willem Flinterman

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:15 Keynote address

  • Apocalypse and Messianism in Islam by Seyfeddin Kara, University of Groningen

14:15-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-15:30 Panel III

  • Ali Shari‘ati: Liberation Theology, Social Justice, & Humanism by Joseph Alagha
  • “Allah is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer (of affairs, for us)” – On travelling while Muslim, relying on God and mobilizing support by Martijn de Koning

15:30-15:45 Coffee break

15:45- 16:45 Panel IV

  • A Theologically Motivated Armed Jihad? Jihadist Thinkers and their Religious Arguments for the Use of Violence by Mohamed-Ali Adraoui
  • Contemporary Militias and Islamic Theology by Roel Meijer

17:30 Dinner

Please register for this event by sending an email to joud.alkorani [at]