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Dr. Liyakat Takim  

Sharjah Chair in Global Islam

McMaster University, Religious Studies

University Hall, Room 116

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario Canada, L8S 41


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October 22, 2017

Spirituality in the Nahjul Balagha

By Dr. Liyakat Takim

Spirituality in the Nahjul Balagha - Professor Liyakat Takim

Published on Dec 30, 2013

Islamic Thought Academic Nahjul Balagha Conference 2012 took place in Peterborough on 30th September 2012. This academic conference explored in depth the wide-ranging themes of faith, humanity and politics in the sermons, letters and sayings of Imam Ali contained within Nahjul Balagha. This conference aimed to stimulate research and discussions pertaining to the influence of his teachings in the era in which he lived, and their practical applicability in challenging issues in the modern world. For further details visit

Professor Liyakat Takim delivered a presentation of his paper titled: Spirituality in the Nahjul Balagha.

Professor Liyakat Takim is the Sharjah Chair in Global Islam at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. A native of Zanzibar, Tanzania, he has spoken at more than eighty academic conferences and authored one hundred scholarly works on diverse topics like reformation in the Islamic world, the treatment of women in Islamic law, Islam in America, the indigenization of the Muslim community in America, dialogue in post-911 America, war and peace in the Islamic tradition, Islamic law, Islamic biographical literature, the charisma of the holy man and shrine culture, and Islamic mystical traditions. He teaches a wide range of courses on Islam and offers a course on comparative religions.

Professor Takim's second book titled Shi'ism in America was published by New York University Press in summer 2009. His first book, The Heirs of the Prophet: Charisma and Religious Authority in Shi'ite Islam was published by SUNY press in 2006. He is currently working on his third book, Ijtihad and Reformation in Islam. Professor Takim has taught at several American and Canadian universities and is actively engaged in dialogue with different faith communities.