The Qur’anic Studies Unit of Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Lecture on Islam in Late Antiquity

The Qur’anic Studies Unit of Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Lecture on Islam in Late Antiquity

The Qur’anic Studies Unit at the IIS inaugurated its Book Review Lecture Series with a lecture by Professor Aziz al-Azmeh on 3 February 2014. The lecture was based on Professor Al-Azmeh’s latest book, The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allah and His People (Cambridge, 2014). He presented the book as an answer to the…

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…

Ikhwan al-Safaʾ (Brethren of Purity) - On Natural Sciences: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 15 & 21

Ikhwan al-Safaʾ (Brethren of Purity) – On Natural Sciences: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 15 & 21

This volume [of Ikhwan al-Safaʾ (Brethren of Purity)] comprises the initial seven epistles on the natural sciences, which correspond to the corpus of Aristotle’s great works on the philosophy of nature, whilst also incorporating an Islamic interpretation of Neoplatonic ideas. Besides providing the necessary references to works by Aristotle and other Greek authors, this book…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Colloquium on Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Colloquium on Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

The Qur’anic Studies Unit at the IIS organised an international colloquium from 2–4 September 2013 entitled Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran. This was the second event following two panels in 2012 at the Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference in Istanbul. The colloquium brought together twenty-four scholars from around the globe representing seventeen institutions…

Ibn Sina (Avicenna) on Matter, The Disobedience of Matter and Evil

Reconciling Metaphysical Stances and Qur’anic Perspective, via Institute of Ismaili Studies The metaphysical system of Avicenna (Ibn Sina) (d. 1037 CE) was strongly influenced by Neoplatonic and Aristotelian ideas. In works such as the Danish Nama-i and in the Kitab al-Shifa‘ (al-Ilahiyyat), amongst others, Avicenna often speaks in an Aristotelian parlance about the interdependence of…

A Graphite Font for Khojki

As mentioned in “The Imminent Paradox of New Scripts in Unicode”, I have begun to develop Graphite fonts for several of the historical and minor scripts that I have proposed for inclusion in the Unicode Standard. The first of these fonts is for Khojki, which I proposed for encoding in Unicode a few years ago…

IIS Scholars and Khalil Andani present papers on Isma’ili history/thought at 2013 MESA Annual Meeting

As part of its goal to advance learning, facilitate communication and promote cooperation, The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) sponsors an annual meeting that is a leading international forum for scholarship, intellectual exchange and pedagogical innovation. It is responsible for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the premiere journal on the region, the MESA…

Alternate Reading of the Events Surrounding the Declaration of Qiyama in Ismai‘li History

Excerpt: Representing the Institute, Dr Sarkozy opened the panel with the Isma‘ili Imam Hasan II’s (1162-1166 CE) declaration of the Qiyama, the Time of Resurrection, with an emphasis on its political dimensions instead of its better-known religious ones. In a paper entitled Response to Rivalry and Decline: The Political Circumstances of and Reasons for the…

Institute of Ismaili Studies hosts: Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London 2–4 September 2013 This colloquium seeks to examine the plurality of approaches to the Qur’an in contemporary Iran. By bringing together specialists in early modern and contemporary Iran from various disciplines, ranging from the social sciences to Qur’anic studies, the colloquium draws as comprehensive as possible a picture of…

Institute of Ismaili Studies and AKU-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ hosts Chinese Delegation

IIS and AKU-ISMC​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ hosts Chinese Delegation. This article has some interesting factoids about Chinese Muslims … a. “Chinese Islam” Islam traces its origins in China to the 7th century. b. There were some 23 million Muslims in China and that ten of the country’s 56 minorities are Muslim. c. 3 defining characteristics of the Muslim…