Usul Forum 2022

Rooted Revival: Definitions, Ideas & Figures

Date: August 6, 2022

Venue: Edep Usküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Speakers: Dr. Recep Senturk (Usul Academy); Shaykh Mohamad Awwama; Shaykh Amin Kholwadia (Darul Qasi Chicago); Dr. Samir Mahmoud (Usul Academy); Dr. Heba Raouf Ezzat (Ibn Haldun University, Turkey); Shaykh Hamza Bakri; Shaykh Mahmud al-Misri (Fatih Sultan Mehmet University/Dar al-Makhtutat, Turkey); Shaykh Amjad Rashid (WISE, Jordan);Dr. Hooman Keshavarzi (Ibn Haldun University & Khalil Centre, USA); Dr. Sami Ayoub (University of Texas, Austin, USA); Dr. Dheen Mohamed (Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar)


Modernity swept across the Islamic World in the 19th and early 20th centuries sending shock waves. It generated three main responses from Muslim intellectuals ranging from those who sought to reject it outright to those who sought to adopt or accommodate it. The first two approaches have been studied extensively. The third approach, which has not yet received sufficient scholarly attention, was the path of “rooted revival.” The Forum explores this approach at the conceptual and theoretical level, uncovering its genealogical roots in the 18th century right through to the early 20th century and the influence it had in the second half of the 20th century. We intend for this Forum to be an exploratory space for wide-ranging discussions on the overarching theme of “rooted revival.” We would also like to highlight that this Forum is envisioned as a starting point for a scholarly conversation. It is our intention to build a network and host annual events through which further discussions and publications on these themes can be supported and encouraged.