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The Ethical duties of wilāya in the Islamic Tradition

Online Public lecture: The Ethical duties of wilāya in the Islamic Tradition


The concept of wilāya is central to the Islamic tradition. It is, simultaneously, a political concept, a legal category, and a spiritual ideal. The three speakers will each address different aspects of the ethical duties that arise out of the concept of wilāya in the Islamic tradition: wilāya as part of the ethical commitments of Islamic political thought; how ethical duties constitute and define the idea of wilāya in the domain of law (fiqh); and wilāya as a kind of ethical practice representing moral aspiration in Sufism



  • Yasmeen Daifallah, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Aiyub Palmer, University of Kentucky
  • Javad Fakhkhar Toosi, University of Toronto  
  • Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto (Moderator)


The lecture will be hosted online via Webex on the following link:

Password: CILE2023


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