Ali-Reza Bhojani is Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education and lecturer at the Al-Mahdi Institute. He holds a PhD in Islamic legal theory from the University of Durham (2013). Ali-Reza is also a research associate at the University of Oxford and honorary fellow at the University of Nottingham following academic positions at both institutions. He is author of Moral Rationalism and Sharia: Independent rationality in modern Shī’ī uṣūl al-fiqh (Routledge, 2015) and co-editor of Visions of Sharīʿa: Contemporary Discussions in Shī’ī legal theory (Brill, expected 2019). Ali-Reza’s core research interests lie in the relationship between Islamic theology, legal theory, and ethics in Shī’ī thought. Amongst his current projects is an exploration of how ethnography may come to inform theological and jurisprudential deliberation in Islamic Studies.
“Understanding Sharia across Boundaries: Moving from the Legal to the Ethical through Ethnography and Theology”