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Symposium Topics

 Tafsir (Hermeneutics)

-     The Discussions on the Course of Formation of the Tafsir Method

-     The First Tafsir Products (Method and Style)

-     Controversial Issues in the History of the Qur'an (Source, Conservation, Textual Process and Orientalistic Criticisms)

-     Reflections of Sectarian Debates on the Tafsir

-     The First Tafsir Problems

-     The Problem of Isra’iliyyat in the Islamic Thought (The Entry of Isra’iliyyat to Tafsir and the Overview of Isra’iliyyat)

-     Repetition Problem in Tafsirs

-     The Fundamentals and Value of Tafsir-Ta’wil and Riwayah - Dirayah Distinction

-     The Pleasure of Understanding the Qur'an in the Frame of Sufistic and Mystical Interpretations

-     Istishhad with poetry


Hadith / Sunnah

-     Memorization and Writing of The Hadith

-     Transmission of Hadith (Prophetic Narration)

-     Imputation of Hadith Types to the Prophet

-     Hadith Reports based on Meanings

-     The Fact of Fabricated Hadith

-     The Attitude of the Prophet against Theological Problems

-     The Attitude of the Prophet against Social Problems

- Rashid Caliphs’ Methods of Solving Problems

- The Social Structure in the Companions Period

- Knowledge Value and Criticism of Qudsi (Divine) Hadiths

-     Prohibition of Writing Hadiths in the Caliphs Period and Criticisms towards This.

-     Disadvantages of Acting with Every Hadith

-     Controversial Narrations and Recommendations for the Solution

-     Dilemmas of Text Criticism in Hadith

-     Hadith Problems in Shia

-     Contributions of al-Jarh - al-Ta‘dil to Hadith Sciences

-     Criticisms towards Hadith Methodology

-     Rejections in the Hadith

-     Problems Faced by Critic Scholars


Fiqh / History of Sects

-     The concept of "Fiqh", the Framework of Meaning and Views on Its Transformation to a Science Branch

-     The Tradition of Dispute (İlmu’l-Hilâf)

-     Disagreements about ijtihad and its nature

-     Practical projections of the Mujtahid classification (Absolute Mujtahid, sect Mujtahid, Companions of the Takhrij and Preference ….)

-     Ahl al-Ra'y - Ahl al-Hadith Discussions

-     Differences of the First Three Generations Regarding Furû Fiqh

-     System Differences Between Mujtahid and Fukaha or Differences of Views on Furû Fiqh

-     Formation of the Sects and Anachronism

-     The Sects that do not have any followers and the Reasons for Non-Propagation of Sect Views

-     Symbol Mujtahid and Jurists in the First Four Centuries and Their Contrarian Views

-     Critics and Criticisms on the Methodology and Furû Works Written in the Early Periods, Criticisms towards Criticisms.

-     Information Sharing Between Mujtahid and Fukaha, Discussion and Debates

-     Differences between Preceptors and Their Students

-     ‘Ilm-i Hilâf

-     ‘Ilm-i Furûq ve Talfiq


Theology – Philosophy

-     The Impact of Government-Opposition Relations on Scientific Studies in the Period of Tadwin

-     The Tradition of Refutation and Debate

-     Ahl al-Sunnah and Differentiations within the Sect

-     Predecessor - Successor Differentiation and Its Meaning

-     Umayyad's Perception of Destiny and Qadariyya Sect

-     Hasan Basri's Approach to Theology

-     The Development of Rational Thinking in the Context of the Relationship between Maturidite - Mu'tazila-

-     The Problem of Takfir and Violence in the Theological Division

-     The Relationship between Mu'tazila and Philosophy  

-     Gazzâlî's Philosophy, Revive Efforts, and His Criticism for  the Philosophers

-     The Tradition of Tehafut

-     The Problem of Method of the Early Theologians

-     The Capabilities of the Theological Division  for Development of “Theory”

-     Criticism and Rationality in Peripatetic Philosophy

-     Foreign Philosophy Schools in the Formation of Philosophical Thought in Islam (Umayyad Period 661-750)

-     Cities in the Development Process of Islamic Thought, Scientific, Intellectual Activities, Institutions in These Cities: Beyt el-Hikme, Azhar, Nizamiye Madrasahs

-     Intellectual Interests of the Caliphs and Administrators; The Contributions of Famous Families to Science

-     Multicultural Environment in the Formation and Development Process of Islamic Thought / Non-Muslim Thinkers in Islamic Geography and Their Effects on the Formation of the Islamic Thought (Employment of non-Muslim translators; Ibn Cebirol, Musa b. Meymun etc.)

-     The First Philosophical Schools and Their Representatives in Islamic Thought. (Dehriyyun, Tabiiyyun, Peripatetic, Israkîs, Batinis…)

-     Physics, Logic studies.

-     Philosophical studies in Andalusia. (Ibn Meserre, Ibn Hazm, Ibn Bacje, Ibn Tufeyl, Ibn Rushd…)

-     The Effects of Andalusian Islamic Thought on Western Thought.


Arts and Literature

-     Music Critics in Islamic Thought

-     Debates and Theoretical Criticisms in the Early Islamic Art (Painting, Sculpture, Poetry, etc.)

-     Early Islamic Literature (The Place of Critical Perspectives in Arabic, Persian and Islamic Turkish Literature)


History and Civilization

-     The Debates between Schools in the First Period of Islamic Historiography (Medina and Iraqi History Schools)

-     Debates around Ibn Saba as a Historical Character in Early Islamic Historiography

-     Discussions of Caliphate in the Islamic History (Four Caliphs and Umayyad’s)

-     Mihne in the Abbasid Period and Related Discussions

-     Discussions around Mewali and Şuûbiyye (Umayyad’s and Abbasid’s)

-     Discussions around the Diwan Organization in the Four Caliphs and the Umayyad Period 

-     Criticisms of the Historians of Islam



-     The Elements triggering the Zuhd Movement in Islam

-     The Criticisms of Real Sufis to Imitators up to the 5th Century

-     The Emergence of Sufism and Open-Hidden Distinction-

-     Tradition of Self-Criticism in Sufism

-     Effects of Disruptive Criticisms of Wisdom Tradition on the Islamic Thought

-     Criticism Culture in Early Sufi Classics



-     Educational Strategies of Prophet Muhammad for Women, Men, and Children and Their Actual Meanings

-     Primary Education Institutions (Method-Curriculum, etc.)

-     Religious Education in the Period of the Four Caliphs

-     Critical Approaches to Religious Education in Umayyad and Abbasid Period

-     The Method Debates in the First Period Religious Education

-     Social Environment and Religion in Peoples' Islamization Process