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…

Dr. Noor Gillani: Free Educational Mini-course on ISLAM - Interactive Sessions

Dr. Noor Gillani: Free Educational Mini-course on ISLAM – Interactive Sessions

Learn the truth about ISLAM – what the Quran says, not what Islamophobia says IDEALS, REALITIES AND PERCEPTIONS OF ISLAM Huntsville, Alabama: UAHuntsville, Wilson Hall, Room 001 – Free and open to the public Dr. Noor Gillani is a local Muslim American retired scientist. The core fundamentals of Islamic teachings about God, human being, and…

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…

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…

It’s Theology, Not Baseball: Misunderstanding Iraq’s Sectarian Conflicts

Article by Professor Amyn Sajoo

It’s Theology, Not Baseball: Misunderstanding Iraq’s Sectarian Conflicts | Religion Dispatches Overer a decade after the US-led invasion of Iraq, President Barack Obama has given an hour-long interview to the New York Times which recites the mantra of “inclusive governance” with no mention of religion. He did cite problems involving Sunnis and Shi’a — and…

Professor Karim F. Hirji publishes his memoirs "Growing up with Tanzania"

Professor Karim F. Hirji publishes his memoirs “Growing up with Tanzania”

In Growing up with Tanzania. Karim Hirji, a renowned Professor of Medical Statistics and Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Science, presents a multi-faceted, evocative portrait of his joyous but conflicted passage to adulthood during colonial and early-Uhuru Tanzania. His smooth style engages the reader with absorbing true tales, cultural currents, critical commentary and progressive…

Power and Passion, by Kay Tejani

Power and Passion, by Kay Tejani

It is a fictional story in which a young woman living in the ultramodern city of Dubai calls on a diverse cast of colleagues, friends, and family to plan the biggest event of her career. This book offers unique insights into diversity and empowerment that will get everyone connecting and talking. Dubai is the setting…

Esoteric Thought in Physical Form: The Aga Khan Campus in Toronto

Esoteric Thought in Physical Form: The Aga Khan Campus in Toronto

“Great architecture, like great art, captures esoteric thought in physical form.” – Imam Shah Karīm al-Husayni Aga Khan IV These architectural masterpieces commissioned by the Ismaili Imamat, such as the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Campus, are actually texts (nass) by which the Ismaili Imam announces his spiritual authority (walayah), instruction…

The Road to Toronto (Intellectual): The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan Museum

The Road to Toronto (Intellectual): The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan Museum

Next month the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park are expected to be officially opened. In anticipation of this landmark event, NanoWisdoms is pleased to present The Road to Toronto in which, each week, we’ll focus on a different aspect of this multi-faceted institution. This week’s instalment is on the intellectual…

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…

Karim Pirani

Karim Pirani awarded Cox-Just Prize at University of Chicago

Karim Pirani, the 2014 Cox-Just Prize recipient. Karim Pirani is a 2014 graduate of the College, where he majored in History and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. He researched and wrote his B.A. thesis, Nascent Activism in a New Asian American Landscape: Gender, Media, and Politics after Vincent Chin with the guidance of his faculty advisor, Matthew…