Souvenirs from the Ismaili Studies Conference

Reporting from Ismaili Studies Conference – University of Chicago

Reports from First Ever Ismaili Study Conference at University of Chicago. We have several Ismailis here from Canada and USA – including a contingent of STEP teachers from USA, several senior ITREB scholars and wa’zin/missionaries from Canada, IIS scholars, scholars from the Bohra Ismaili community, and members of the academic community. There are about 150+…

ISC - Islamicate Studies Symposium

Event – October 18 | University of Chicago: Islamicate Studies Symposium

The Islamicate Studies Symposium (ISS) is occasioned by the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Marshall Hodgson’s Venture of Islam, which introduced novel and scrupulous epistemological, intellectual, methodological and historiographic approaches to the study of Islam and Muslim civilisations. Pivotal amongst a very small group of groundbreaking scholars, his work helped to transform the field…

ISC - Ismaili Studies Conference and Islamicate Studies Symposium - Teaching Islam

Event – October 18 | University of Chicago: Ismaili Studies Conference and Islamicate Studies Symposium – Teaching Islam

Over fifty years ago, Marshall Hodgson (1922-1968), Professor of Islamic Studies, Chair of the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and author of the Venture of Islam, taught that if a Martian came to Earth in the 16-17th Century, the visitor to Earth would have observed Muslim Civilizations to be dominant. The Ottomans (1301-1923)…

ISC - Ismaili Studies Conference

Event – October 16-17 | University of Chicago: Ismaili Studies Conference

The scope of Ismaili studies encompasses some 1400 years of Islamicate histories, thought, practices, demographies and cultures. Rather than approach these in atomised fashion based on periodisation or geography, the Conference will put experts across disciplines along with young researchers into conversations focused around cross-cutting conceptual themes. The Ismaili Studies Conference is a two day…

Khalil Andani's Presentation: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw

Khalil Andani’s Presentation in Chicago: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw

As part of the Ismaili Studies Conference taking place at the University of Chicago​,​ Khalil Andani will be presenting his paper titled “F​​rom Divine Word to Prophetic Word: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw.” This presentati​​on will discuss how Nasir-i Khusraw, an 11th century Ismaili Muslim da’i, philosopher and poet understood the process in…

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Did You Know: Islamic (Fatimid) Sicily was a Commercial Mecca in the Mediterranean Region

Did you know …  … that Sicily was a thriving commercial centre under the Fatimids? The Fatimid Caliphs were Imams of the Shia Ismailis, who founded their dynasty in North Africa. Named after the Prophet’s daughter, Fatima, the reign of the Fatimid Caliph-Imams, for almost two centuries, in North Africa and later in Egypt (973-1171),…

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Music in Islam – By Nimira Dewji

Ismailimail highlighted Music in Islam Series, a compilation of researched articles presented by Nimira Dewji. Below please find a PDF link to download the complete article. The same is also available at Issuu Magazine. In pre-Islamic times, poetry was recited orally and was the mark of artistic achievement. In Muslim regions, the voice was considered…

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto - “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto – “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Shariffa Keshavjee of Nairobi, Kenya, in a beautiful and thoughtful piece for Simerg reflects on the newly opened Jamatkhana at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. She sees the establishment of each Jamatkhana, in recent and past history, as the planting of a seed of faith. Her poetic lines speak about the nurturing of the murid-murshid,…

Who Succeeded Imam Jafar al-Sadiq? Seven Proofs for the Imamat of Imam Ismail ibn Jafar

Who Succeeded Imam Jafar al-Sadiq? Seven Proofs for the Imamat of Imam Ismail ibn Jafar

Our branch of Shia Islam, in that particular generation of the family, accepted the legitimacy of the eldest son, Isma‘il, as being the appointed Imam to succeed and that is why they are known as Ismailis. (Forty-Ninth Hereditary Imam of the Shi‘i Isma‘ili Muslims) Taken individually or collectively, these Seven Proofs demonstrate that the legitimate…

Sheniz Janmohamed's new book "Firesmoke" launched

Sheniz Janmohamed’s new book “Firesmoke” launched

Sheniz Janmohamed’s second collection continues the poet’s journey, tracing the inception and annihilation of sacred fire. In a series of highly evocative, personal poems, Firesmoke explores the meaning of truth and the self, finding them both in form and emptiness. In her unorthodox, broadminded quest for understanding, Sheniz evokes the teachings of Sufism, acknowledges the…

Birminghan, Alabama: Henna Budhwani: A stable energy source is vital in alleviating issues in impoverished countries: reader opinion | AL.com

Birmingham, Alabama: Henna Budhwani: A stable energy source is vital in alleviating issues in impoverished countries

Dr. Henna Budhwani is an Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and is the Deputy Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health. By Henna Budhwani Imagine that your loved one is in a car accident while engaging in mission work in Malawi. She is…

Prof. Asani leads exploratory seminar on teaching Islam through the arts

Lecture by Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard

“The Importance of Fostering Religious Literacy: The case of Muslims in the US” Lecture by Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Director, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program. Date: October 02 2014 — 4:00 pm Organizer/Venue: Harvard Graduate School of Education – Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, 02138 This lecture is part of a…

Rizwan Mawani: Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Huffington Post | Rizwan Mawani: Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Exploring the Diversity and Complexity of the Muslim World With all the attention that has been recently showered on Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, which opened its doors to the public on September 18th, it is easy to forget there is another gem located on the same 17-acre site. This equally impressive structure is not overshadowed…

Marriage in Islam

Marriage in Islam

Islam belongs to the monotheistic Abrahamic tradition which includes Christianity and Judaism. Islam embraces not only ethical commands and spiritual teachings but also prescribes a specific code of behaviour for daily living. In personal and social lives, Muslims are required to adhere to a moral code of behaviour prescribed by the Quran, the foundational text…

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…

Prof. Asani leads exploratory seminar on teaching Islam through the arts

Prof. Asani leads exploratory seminar on teaching Islam through the arts

Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, led an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe Institute this August. During the two-day seminar, entitled “Fostering Religious Literacy through the Arts: The case of Islam,” Prof. Asani was joined by over a dozen scholars and students from various fields to discuss the value of employing…

Shinan Govani: Inside America’s First Islamic Art Museum

The Daily Beast | Shinan Govani: Inside America’s First Islamic Art Museum

By Shinan Govani for The Daily Beast Excerpt: Today, with the opening of this space, the outreach seemed more urgent than jet set. Though thorny acronyms like “ISIS”, or flashpoints like “Gaza,” were never mentioned during the many formal remarks, they didn’t have to be. The Aga Khan’s new enterprise speaks for itself. It was,…