MINISTRY OF ENDOWMENT
& RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - Muscat

SEVENTH CONFERENCE ON IBADISM AND OMAN

May 2016
Oxford

MONDAY, MAY 23

08:30 REGISTRATION
09:00 OPENING
Margaret MacMillan
— Warden of St Antony’s College
Eugene Rogan — Director, St Antony’s College Middle East Center
Abdulrahman Al Salimi — Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman:
The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs’ Religious Policies 1997-2015
09:45 Opening Lecture
Madelung, Wilferd
: Religion and Politics in Ibadism: A Historical Overview
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break (in the Buttery of the College)

 

SESSION 1

Historical and Religious Understanding of the Interaction between Religion and Politics in Oman and Ibadism

Chair: Heinz Gaube

11:00 Wilkinson, John: Ibadism and State Formation in Oman
11:45 Gaiser, Adam: Roots of Religious Tolerance in the Omani-Ibadi Religious Tradition
12:30 Hoffman, Valerie: Ibadi-Omani ‘Aqidat and the Construction of Omani Religious Discourse
13:15–14:00 Lunch (in the Dining Hall of the College)

 

SESSION 2

On-going Religious Discourse in Oman and Ibadism (1)

Chair: Valerie Hoffman

14:00 Ech-Cheikh, Mohammed: The Present Situation in the Islamic World and the Situation in Oman
14:45 Hajri, Hilal and Nikolas Panagiotou: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos as a Paradigm of Peace
15:30 Al Tay, Hatim: Religion, Policy and Identity in Oman
16:15 – 16:45 Coffee Break (in the Buttery of the College)

 

SESSION 3

On-going Religious Discourse in Oman and Ibadism (2)

Chair: Hatim Al Tay

16:45 Limbert, Mandana: Local Questions and National Answers in Late Twentieth Century Fatawa from al-Dakhiliyya
17:30 Di Tolla, Anna Maria: Pluralism in Islam: the Berber-Ibadi Perspective
18:15 Ateş, Orhan: Religious Tolerance in Oman and Its Historical Background
20:00 Dinner (in the “Cherwell Boathouse”)

 

TUESDAY, MAY 24

SESSION 4

On-going Religious Discourse in Oman and Ibadism (3)

Chair: Adam Gaiser

09:00 Rabi, Uzi: Oman and the Region. The March Toward a Better Future
09:45 Francesca, Ersilia: Religion and Politics in Contemporary Ibadi-Omani Fatwa
10:30 Broucek, James: Generic Islam? Official Religious Discourse in the Sultanate of Oman
11:15–11:45 Coffee Break (in the Buttery of the College)

 

SESSION 5

Legal Understanding of Religious Policy in Oman (1)

Chair: Johann Büssow

11:45 Albayrak, Ismail: Plurality in Ibadi Exegetical Tradition: with Special Reference to the Notion of Jesus Return, Nuzul Isa
12:30 Saleh, Walid: Political Interpretations of the Qur’an. Modern Approaches
13:15–14:00 Lunch (in the Dining Hall of the College)

 

SESSION 6

Legal Understanding of Religious Policy in Oman (2)

Chair: Amal Ghazal

14:00 Abou-El-Wafa, Ahmed: Ibadi Jurisprudence in Modern Context. International Perspectives
14:45 Al Husseini, Sulaiman: Religious Education in Oman
15:30 Al Sulaimi, Abdullah: Policy and Objectives of the Ifta in Oman
16:15–16:45 Coffee Break (in the Buttery of the College)

 

SESSION 7

Legal Understanding of Religious Policy in Oman (3)

Chair: Dietrich Olms

16:45 Bendrissou, Mustafa: The Impact of the Religious Authorities on Oman’s Way to Democracy
17:30 Howitz, Chris: The Christian and Hindu Communities in Oman
18:15 Wrona, Alexander: Buddhism in the Middle East? The Case of Sinhalese Theravada Buddhists in Oman
20:00 Dinner (in the “Cherwell Boathouse”)

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

SESSION 8

Religious Policy and Religious Education in Oman (1)

Chair: Angeliki Ziaka

09:00 Al Shueili, Sulaiman: The Role of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Serving the Heritage and Spread of Values of Tolerance and Understanding in and out of Oman
09:45 Sheline, Annelle: Ibadism and the Tradition of Tolerance in Oman
10:30 Mathews, Nathaniel: Ibadi Ulama in Oman and East Africa. Historical and Contemporary Migrations
11:15–11:45 Coffee Break (in the Buttery of the College)

 

SESSION 9

Religious Policy and Religious Education in Oman (2)

Chair: Barbara Michalak-Pikulska

11:45 Kondo, Yohei: Ibadi Policy on Education and Learning in the Premodern Period
12:30 Ziaka, Angeliki: Religious Education in the Omani Schools. An Outside Understanding of the Omani Religious Policy through the Subject of RE
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch (in the Dining Hall of the College)

 

SESSION 10

Religious Policy and Religious Education in Oman (3)

Chair: Mandana Limbert

14:00 Reiss, Wolfram: Religious Diversity in Omani School Textbooks. New Challenges for International Textbook Research
14:45 Schreiner, Stefan: Studying Theology in Context: Christian Theology in Islamic Context, and Islamic Theology in Christian Context – Reflections on a Unprecedented German-Omani Project
15:30 Jaabiri, Farhat: Education in Oman
16:15 – 16:45 Coffee Break (in the Buttery of the College)
16:45 Visit to the Library and the Archive of the Middle East Centre of St Antony’s College

 

FINAL SESSION

Works in Progress and Perspectives for Future Studies on Ibadis and Oman

Chair: Ersilia Francesca

19:00 Departure to the “Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies”
A Tour of the “Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies”
20:30 Dinner (in the “Oman Hall” of the “Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies”)