Ali al-Munayyar's 17th century refutation of Christians and Jews in Egypt: Religion and social cohesion

Dr Yazid Said  

Event organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies

Date: 7th of December, 2016

Time: 2-3 pm

Place: FML211


Come along and explore the content of an unpublished 17th century Arabic manuscript of an obscure Islamic scholar called Ali al-Munayyar in 17th century Ottoman Egypt. Are theological reflections relevant for social cohesion then and now in the light the content of the manuscript?

Revd Dr Yazid Said is a lecturer in Islam in the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He studied English Literature and Classical Arabic at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Christian Theology at the University of Cambridge. After being ordained an Anglican priest, he completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge (2010) on the medieval Muslim Theologian Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. He subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship (2010-2011) at McGill University in Canada and the Woods-Gumble fellowship at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem (2011-2012). From February 2013- December 2014, he was lecturer in Islamic Studies at Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin. He became a research fellow at the Centre for Islamic Theology in the University of Tuebingen in Germany (2015-2016). His research is focused on medieval Muslim political and legal thought and on Christian-Muslim theological encounters as well. He is the author of Ghazali's Politics in Context (Routledge 2012).

Leaflet Ali al-Munayyar

Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies – A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Drama Capstone Theatre

Date: April 20-21, 2017

Place: Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool 

Hosted by the Drama, Dance and Performance Department at Liverpool Hope University


Organising Institutions: Research Cluster ‘Cartographies of Belonging’, in partnership with the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and the Working Group ‘Performance, Religion and Spirituality’; and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.  

Organising team: Annalaura Alifuoco, Silvia Battista, Kris Darby, Simon Piasecki, Rachel Sweeney. 


Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies. A Multidisciplinary Perspective is a two-day conference aimed at investigating the actuality of sacred places in contemporary society; their practices and performances, politics and ecologies. The overarching theoretical umbrella is the perspective of Performance Studies, which offers a prolific framework for multidisciplinary engagement and exchange.

Sacer, from which the term sacred derives, defines an area that stands apart; the Hebrew term k-d-sh, which is usually translated as “holy”, is based on the idea of separation; and the Latin word templum is derived from the Greek templos, of which the root tem means “to cut out” (Tuan 1978, 84). According to the geographer Yi-Fu Tuan the activity of differentiating the undifferentiated space through the establishment of sacred places is an operation analogous to the geographer’s cartographic activity of mapping a territory. Both are attempts at confining nature within demarcated bounds.

Sacred places might refer to landscapes, operating rooms, scientific laboratories, theatrical spaces, rehearsal studios, religious architectures, museums, rooms in houses, street corners, gardens, stones, trees, the body, archives, etc. Depending on the cultural contexts, sacred places become points of arrival and departure; locations for personal and collective transformations; sites where the given confines of nature and culture are re-negotiated. In addition, sacred locations are becoming increasingly involved in issues of social and environmental justice, peace and conflict, resistance and activism, potentially having an impact on the political, economic, historical, and cultural developments of our time. 

This event is part of the ongoing research project of Liverpool Hope University’s Research Cluster ‘Cartographies of Belonging’, and the first of a series of activities designed to create a web of networks that examine and redefine the terms of human agency in relation to the environment, at both a micro- and macrocosmic level. The main objective is to set up a transdisciplinary platform from which to engage critically with the function and role that sacred places might play in intervening in the present ecological, social and ethical crisis.


Call for Papers

We invite contributions by scholars, artists and scientists willing to present individual papers, provocations, performance presentations and workshops on topics including but not limited to: 

  • Sacredness and human agency;
  • Cartography and territories of the sacred;
  • Notions of sacred places and scientific practices;
  • Theatre and art galleries as sacred places;
  • Performances and practices of sacred locations;
  • Inscription and/or natural dispositions of the sacred;
  • Pilgrimages to sacred locations as performative practices;
  • Geopolitics and activism in sacred locations;
  • The role of sacred places in conflict;
  • The function of sacred locations in peace building;
  • Ecology and sacred grounds;
  • Sacred places and experimentation;
  • Religion, eco-ethics and sacred locations;
  • The body as sacred space;
  • Identity, perception and sacred locations.


Please send abstracts of max. 300 words (word or pdf-format) for presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes to the conference organisers Silvia Battista at, and Rachel Sweeney at by 10th of December 2016. Also include name, contact information, and affiliation and technical requirements where applicable. Please provide a brief biography (max. 100 words) and a list of keywords (max. 5), and use the subject heading: ‘Sacred Places’ followed by your name and surname.

An open call for papers to be submitted for publication in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal PRS (Performance, Religion, and Spirituality) will be announced at the event.


Keynote Speakers

Dr Joshua Edelman, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Contemporary Arts at the Manchester Metropolitan University; international artist Anne Bean; Prof Andy Newsam, astrophysicist at Liverpool John Moore University; international artist Louise Anne Wilson.

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Professorial Lecture 2017


Professor Solomon Salako - 150 Professorial lecture: Climate Change and Social Justice

Prof. Solomon Salako

Date: May 3 2017

Place: Senate Room

Time: 1:00-3:00pm 

All Welcome!