Lecture: Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Ibn Taymiyya: Critiquing the Link

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Lecture

Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Ibn Taymiyya: Critiquing the Link
Dr Jon Hoover (University of Nottingham)

Presented by the University of Nottingham Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Karimia Institute

6.30pm, Tuesday 16 October 2018
Keighton Auditorium, University Park Campus
University of Nottingham

Refreshments will be served from 6pm onwards. Registration is free.

Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) is the pre-modern Muslim scholar most frequently cited by jihadist movements like ISIS and al-Qaeda to justify their violence. Yet, Muslim scholars of different kinds argue that Ibn Taymiyya cannot be used to support such violence. This lecture will evaluate the arguments of both sides and show that jihadist readings of Ibn Taymiyya do not follow the pattern of his life and thought.

Dr Jon Hoover is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. His areas of interest include Islamic intellectual history, the thought of Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, and Christian-Muslim relations.

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