Shi’ism, Sunnism, and the Idea of Islamic Orthodoxy

During the next year, the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) will arrange Carsten Niebuhr Lectures once a semester in collaboration with the David Foundation.

The first lecture will be given by Professor Rob Gleave, University of Exeter.


What is distinctive about Shia Islam? And what, for that matter, is distinctive about Sunni Islam? The lecture will reflect on the complementarity of Shia and Sunna, throughout Muslim history and indeed in the Western study of Islam, as well.

Space is limited, and reservations are therefore on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP your attendance no later than Friday, 19 November, to Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen.

About Rob Gleave

The lecturer and recipient of the Carsten Niebuhr prize, Rob Gleave, is a Professor in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. He has published several books on early Islam, Islamic law, Shia Islam, and violence in Islamic thinking. A recent interest is the study of Islamic law in a British context.