On Tuesday 9th January 2018, the Institute’s Internal Research Conference was held. This provided a bright start to 2018 with a range of interesting papers delivered by members of academic staff, illustrative of the Institute’s vibrant research culture. Both staff and students participated in this day long conference. A wide range of research topics were covered, which demonstrated the diversity of interests held by current academic staff. The following academic papers were presented
i) Sheikh Usaama al-Azami: Rationalising mass murder: religious justifications for the Rabaa massacre of 2013;
ii) Sheikh Faizal Manjoo: Islamic Finance under British case laws: A case for arbitration;
iii) Dr Alija Avdukic: Locating Islamic Economics with heterdox economic traditions: convergence of economic thought;
iv) Dr Tariq Mahmood: Engaging with the narrative of radical extremism: a spiritually based diagnostic and intervention model.
Each paper led to deep intellectual discussions – the audience asking probing questions to challenge and interrogate the central research premises offered by the speakers.