First Ever "Ismaili Studies Conference" at University of 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. The presenters on these Panels include the top names in Ismaili…

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

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…

Reza Shah-Kazemi

Pluralism and the Qur’an: Speech delivered by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at Milad al-Nabi Celebration

This is an edited version of extracts from speeches delivered by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at Milad al-Nabi Celebrations held in Atlanta and San Francisco, USA. Dr. Shah-Kazemi opens this article with the narration of Prophet Muhammad’s invitation to a group of Christians in 631 CE to perform their rites in his own mosque. This remarkable…

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series - Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series – Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’

via http://iis.ac.uk – The Epistles of the Brethren of Purity is published by Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. This bilingual series consists of a multi-authored Arabic critical edition and annotated English translation of the Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’ (ca. tenth-century Iraq). The Ikhwan al-Safa’ and their Rasa’il: An Introduction…