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Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor Delivers Papers at International Conferences

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor delivered a paper as part of the lecture series, Political Violence: Beyond the Secular/Religious Divide organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at Leiden University, Netherlands, on 19th September 2014. The paper, entitled Imaginative Anachronistic Leaps and Secular/Religious Myths of Terrorism: The case of Nizari Ismailis of…

Event - November 13 | Institute of Ismaili Studies: Live Webcast - Pandora’s Sectarian Box: Myth and Reality by Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo

Event – November 13 | Institute of Ismaili Studies: Live Webcast – Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo: Pandora’s Sectarian Box: Myth and Reality

Dr. Amyn Sajoo, Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Study of Muslim Societies & Cultures at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, will present on what plagues Muslim societies today. From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, violent conflict over sectarian identities — primarily but not exclusively between Shi‘a and Sunni —…

Reading-the-Koran-as-a-Literary-Text-Angelika-Neuwirth

New IIS Book: Scripture, Poetry and the Making of a Community: Reading the Qur’an as a Literary Text

This volume presents the views on the Qur’an by Professor Angelika Neuwirth, one of the leading scholars in Qur’anic studies today. It contains fourteen articles that reflect her original thought on the topic as developed over thirty years of research.  The book consists of a mixture of new as well as previously published pieces,…

Miklos Sarkozy

Visiting Research Associate of Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dr. Miklos Sarkozy delivers lecture on Nizari Ismailis, in Tehran

November 1, 2014 – Iran Book News Agency (IBNA) – Attended by the Hungarian scholar Miklos Sarkozy (PhD), The Meeting of Nizari Ismaili State Studies is to be held in the House of Literati in Tehran today. According to IBNA correspondent, the House of Literati affiliated to Iran’s Book House will host the event, where,…

shafique-virani

Institute of Ismaili Studies Welcomes Dr Shafique N. Virani as the new Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Virani achievements include awards from UNESCO, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Middle East Studies Association, the Foundation for Iranian Studies, Harvard University, the International Farabi Prize, and the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize. In addition, the AAR which is the world’s largest association of scholars in the field of Religious Studies and related…

A New Contribution to Ismaili Bibliographic Studies by Nawazali A. Jiwa

A New Contribution to Ismaili Bibliographic Studies by Nawazali A. Jiwa

To date, there have been two major bibliographies of secondary sources on Ismaili studies, namely Nagib Tajdin’s A Bibliography of Ismailism (Delmar, NY, 1985), and Farhad Daftary’s Ismāʿīlī Literature: A Bibliography of Sources and Studies (London, 2004). In a newly published article entitled “Addenda to Secondary Sources in Ismāʿīlī Studies: The Case of the Omissions,”…

First Ever "Ismaili Studies Conference" at University of Chicago

Event – October 16-17 | Chicago: First Ever “Ismaili Studies Conference” at University of Chicago

North America’s first Ismaili Studies Conference will take place on October 16 and 17 at the University of Chicago. Organized by University of Chicago Doctoral Candidates Shiraz Hajiani and Michael J. Bechtel, the Ismaili Studies Conference features Five Panels and a concluding Roundtable Discussion. EVENT: Ismaili Studies Conference DATE: Thursday 16th & Friday 17th, October…

Philosophical Influences in Ismaili Thought

Philosophical Influences in Ismaili Thought

Excerpt: … the influence of early Ismaili thinkers on al-Farabi seemed likely, but not certain. However, al-Farabi’s influence on later Ismaili thought, in particular on al-Kirmani, was evident and left no further doubt. Certain Farabian tenets – in particular, his cosmological system – were skilfully incorporated in the official Ismaili doctrine of the Fatimid period…

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

Timeline By The Institute of Ismaili Studies From about the third/ninth century, Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir al-Qur’an) has constituted an important sub-discipline of a larger scholarly discipline known as ‘ulum al-Qur’an (literally, the sciences of the Qur’an). This scholarly discipline has been responsible for a literary output that has continued into the modern day. Tafsir works…

Harijan village, Iran

Mysticism and the Plurality of Meaning: The Case of the Ismailis of Rural Iran

To what extent does mysticism require a withdrawal from the world? Is there a contradiction between the demands of contemplation and those of an active, responsible life? Is the mystical perspective antagonistic to the intellect? Rafique Keshavjee uses as a case study the Ismailis of rural Iran, whose ideas and actions question the notion that…

Authority without Territory: The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Publication: Authority without Territory: The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Forthcoming book by Daryoush Mohammad Poor, Research Associate, Institute of Ismaili Studies Authority without Territory: The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate Publication Date: September 2014 Examining the connection between the concept of authority and the transformation of the Ismaili imamate, Authority without Territory is the first study of the imamate in contemporary…

Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in conjunction with the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom requests the pleasure of your company for a reception and book launch event. The event will launch the following IIS publications by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic Prayer According to the Teachings of Imam Ali –…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes Encounters in Muslim History for the Secondary Curriculum

Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes Encounters in Muslim History for the Secondary Curriculum

The curriculum approaches the study of Islam from civilisational and humanistic perspectives, aiming to develop perspectives on Islam that engage with religion, ethics, thought, history and culture in Muslim societies within a broad intellectual framework. Of the eight modules in the curriculum, three are aimed at presenting the history of Muslim societies and civilisations, from…

Interview with the Author: Dr Amyn Sajoo: A Companion to Muslim Cultures

Interview with the Author: Dr Amyn Sajoo: A Companion to Muslim Cultures

This 21-minute video interview with Dr Amyn Sajoo on his book entitled, A Companion to Muslim Cultures, elaborates on the diverse historical, cultural and geographical contexts in which Muslims live and understand their faith. A Companion to Muslim Cultures is the latest volume in the Muslim Heritage Series. An accomplished group of writers have shared…

Interview with the Author: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali

Interview with the Author: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali

In the following 22 minute video interview, Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi discusses his aspirations for writing his book, Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali. He also shares his reflections on how the teachings of Imam Ali could inspire an intellectual and rationale engagement with the Qu’ran, leading to a…

Institute of Ismaili Studies announce merging of its library with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Institute of Ismaili Studies announces merging of its library with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Institute of Ismaili Studies is merging its library with the library of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations(ISMC) at the Aga Khan University (AKU). Since 1979, the IIS’ Library has been developing, preserving and maintaining a unique collection of books, articles, recordings and films, images, and other materials representative of Muslim traditions and…

Aga Khan Council and Arbitration Board for Midwestern United States to host a Book Discussion with Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee

Aga Khan Council and Arbitration Board for Midwestern United States to host a Book Discussion with Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee

Aga Khan Council for Midwestern United States and the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board for the United States will host a moderated Book Discussion with Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Glenview Jamatkhana and Ismaili Center, 100 Shermer Rd. Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee received his…

The Study of Shi'i Islam

New Book: The Study of Shi’i Islam

Dr Farhad Daftary & Dr Gurofarid Miskinzoda Shiʿi Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major world religion and civilisation. The prolific achievements of Shiʿi theologians, philosophers and others are testament to the spiritual and intellectual wealth of this community. Yet Shiʿi…

What is Shi‘a Islam?

What is Shi‘a Islam?

Dr Farhad Daftary and Professor Azim Nanji Abstract The historical formation of the worldwide Muslim community or Umma, as it is known in Arabic, has resulted in a great deal of diversity that reflects a rich intellectual, spiritual, and institutional pluralism. In seeking to express a response to the primal message of Islam, Muslims have…

GLOBALISATION, DIASPORA AND BELONGING Exploring Transnationalism and Gujarati Identity

Briton inspired Dalpatram to write in Gujarati language – New Book by IIS Scholars

GLOBALISATION, DIASPORA AND BELONGING Exploring Transnationalism and Gujarati Identity Excerpt: The book has been edited by Sharmina Mawani and Ankoom Mukadam, both lecturers at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. A chapter talks about the process of transformation which occurred in Gujarat in the first half of the 19th century because of the encounter…

IIS Scholar Prof. Eric Ormsby receives World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran

IIS Scholar Prof. Eric Ormsby receives World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The translator of Nasir Khusraw’s Jami al-Hikmatayn; ‘Between Reason and Revelation’ said: “Political concerns was the major cause his translation has failed to be received well in the Europe. IBNA: Speaking with IBNA here in Tehran hours before receiving his World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for his grand English translation of…

New Publication: Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur'anic Exegesis, by Dr Karen Bauer

New Publication: Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur’anic Exegesis, by Dr Karen Bauer

Edited by Karen Bauer Essays written by leading scholars, who provide multiple perspectives on the interpretation of the Qur’an. Focuses on the genre of tafsir in the 2nd/8th to the 9th/15th centuries and shows how theories and contexts affect the content and method of exegesis. Individual essays emphasise how geography, human networks, hermeneutical systems and…