Rethinking the Kalām-i pīr and Its Role in the Central Asian Ismāʿīlī Tradition - Daniel Beben's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

Rethinking the Kalām-i pīr and Its Role in the Central Asian Ismāʿīlī Tradition – Daniel Beben’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

…this paper challenges the interpretation which views the Kalām-i pīr primarily as a philosophical text; more broadly, it suggests a revision of the framework by which we understand both the legacy of Nāṣir-i Khusraw and the historical process of conversion among the Ismāʿīlīs of Central Asia. Rethinking the Kalām-i pīr and Its Role in the…

The Conversions of Hasan-i Sabbah - Shiraz Hajiani's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

The Conversions of Hasan-i Sabbah – Shiraz Hajiani’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

This story brought together the wazir Nizam al-Mulk, the poet Omar Khayyam and Hasan-i Sabbah in a childhood pact of blood brothers that the successful one amongst them would aid the others and that a betrayal of this by the Nizam led Hasan to convert to Ismailism. The Conversions of Hasan-i Sabbah by Hajiani, Shiraz…

Realpolitik & Sectarian strife: A re-appraisal of Fatimid rule in Syria - Shainool Jiwa's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

Realpolitik & Sectarian strife: A re-appraisal of Fatimid rule in Syria – Shainool Jiwa’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

Using Fatimid involvement in Syria during the reign of al-‘Aziz bi’llah as a case-study, this paper examines the extent to which religious ideology beyond realpolitik influenced Fatimid fortunes in the region. Realpolitik & Sectarian strife: A re-appraisal of Fatimid rule in Syria during the reign of the Fatimid Imam-caliph al-‘Azīz bi’llāh (365-386/975-996) by Jiwa, Shainool…

Esoteric Explorations of the Sharī‘a, the path to the Divine: A Fatimid Exposition - Nadia Eboo-Jamal's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

Esoteric Explorations of the Sharī‘a, the path to the Divine: A Fatimid Exposition – Nadia Eboo-Jamal’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

Over the Fatimid period, a significant body of ta‘wīl literature was produced, much of which has only recently come to the attention of modern scholarship … The Kitāb Ta‘wīl al-sharī‘a, compiled and articulated by al-Qāḍī al-Nu‘mān on the authority of the fourth Fatimid Imam al-Mu‘izz li-Dīn Allāh, is one such work. Esoteric Explorations of the…

Event - November 22-25 | Washington DC: 2014 Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Meeting with Ismaili Scholars

Event – November 22-25 | Washington DC: 2014 Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Meeting with Ismaili Scholars

MESA’s 48th annual meeting will commence in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on November 22-25, 2014. This year’s panel presentations feature several scholars from the IIS, Harvard and Indiana including Nadia E. Jamal, Shainool Jiwa, Paul E. Walker, Khalil Andani, Daniel Beben and others. Both Ismailism panels take place on Sunday, November…

Dr. Henna Budhwani: University of Alabama Analyzes Link between Race and Stress

Dr. Henna Budhwani: University of Alabama Analyzes Link between Race and Stress

Dr. Henna Budhwani, assistant professor in the department of health organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was published in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, which represents the most authoritative resource covering concepts, theories, and substantive topics relating to the study of health in our globalized, twenty-first…

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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…

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Simerg | Ahl al-Bayt: The People of the House of the Prophet – Mawlana Murtaza Ali to Mawlana Shah Karim al Hussaini Hazar Imam

  The excerpts shown below from the Holy Qur’an, the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and speeches of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, are quite clear about who the term Ahl al-Bayt refers to. However, Farhad Husseinali Patni gives further light on the subject by providing examples and references from early Islamic…

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Simerg’s Memorable Photo Essays

Simergphotos, was launched just over three years ago. Together, Simerg with Simergphotos, has achieved a combined viewership of over two million – 1.8 million and 306,000 since 2009 and 2011 respectively. During the course of this time we have published memorable photo essays covering a vast array of subjects. Beginning this week, we bring you…

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 —…

Ismaili Spirituality in Ginan “Ek Shabada Suno Mere Bhai”, with recitation

Ginan Seminar to be held in Manchester United Kingdom – Association for the Study of Ginans

Preparations are well under way for the next Ginan Seminar to be held at the Birch Hotel, Heywood, Manchester United Kingdom on 30th November 2014. The seminar would cover explanation of 2 Ginans, talk on the History of Ginans, a Gujarati workshop, overview of the Electronic Ginan Library, one-hour Ginan Recitation and two Garbas performed…

Vassanji and me - by Ramnik Shah

Vassanji and me – by Ramnik Shah

Vassanji made it straight into the literary limelight with the publication of The Gunny Sack in 1989. It landed with a big bang and his writing career was launched. It is not unfair to say that at the time, and for many years afterwards, the book was better received and appreciated in the diaspora and…

Professor Shafique Virani: One of the best attraction of University of Toronto - Highest Pedagogical Honor - Interview, The American Academy of Religion

Professor Shafique Virani: One of the best attraction of University of Toronto – Highest Pedagogical Honor – Interview, The American Academy of Religion

Every year, Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, publishes the Canadian University Report. The in-depth report looks not only at global prestige, rankings and research highlights, but at the educational experience as a whole. Over sixty campuses are profiled, and the special attractions of each university are noted. For the University of Toronto, regularly…

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Simerg | Photo Essay: Autumn Foliage at Gatineau Park & Canada’s Two Prime Ministers, Mackenzie King and Lester B. Pearson

Two Great Canadian Prime Ministers, Mackenzie King and Lester B. Pearson, Feature in Simerg’s Peep into Gatineau Park’s Autumn Foliage Ottawa, a city of a million people has a magnificent nature parks in its vicinity with some of the most spectacular foliage that autumn (fall) has to offer. A 15 minute drive from downtown Ottawa brings you…

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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…

Event - November 1 | Ismaili Centre, Burnaby: Narratives of Expression, with Hussein Rashid & Karim Gillani

Event – November 1 | Ismaili Centre, Burnaby: Hussein Rashid & Karim Gillani – Narratives of Expression: Rethinking Identity & Music in Muslim discourse

An enlightening presentation and discussion on music and identity. This program will help ‘rethink’ modern understandings of Muslim identity in the contemporary world. Through an exploration of music, the presentations will shed light on the cultural/political forces behind the (re)creation and negotiation of identity and forms of expression and their socio-cultural implications. EVENT: Narratives of…