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LUSSI Seminar: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Fayd Kashani’s Exegesis

Wednesday 11 December 2019
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The Leiden University Shiʿi Studies Initiative (LUSSI) is proud to announce a lecture by

Amin Ehteshami (Exeter University)  

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Fayd Kashani’s Exegesis


A polymath and prolific author, Fay Kāshānī (d. 1680) has left an enduring impact on Shiʿi intellectual tradition. Fays Qurʾan commentary (al-āfī) and hadith compendium (al-Wāfī) are two among his many contributions. This lecture will look into the dynamic relation between Fays exegetic approach in al-āfī and his efforts in creating an authoritative hadith compendium in al-Wāfī. Completed in 1658, al-Wāfī is unique in that it was the first major Shiʿi hadith compendium to have appeared since the Istibāof al-ūsī (d. 1067), compiled six centuries earlier. While in recent years various aspects of Fays thought have been briefly explored, his conception of the relationship between the Qurʾan and hadith remains largely neglected. This lecture will investigate this relationship by focusing on the role designated to the Holy Spirit in Fays exegetics. 



Amin Ehteshami is a postdoctoral research fellow at the LAWALISI project. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley (2019) where he wrote a dissertation on Fayḍ Kāshānī (15981680) and the Safavid hadith discourse. His current research focuses on Islamic theology, legal theory, and exegesis.
Read more at https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/ehteshami/#yKCcMssU2cGl53LY.99


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