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…

From Neo-Platonism to Peasant Uprising: The Image of Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Soviet Orientalism | Eastblog

At EAST seminar on October 24, 2013, Daniel Beben will discuss with us his research on the image of Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Soviet Orientalism. Nasir-i Khusraw was a prominent Persian poet, philosopher, and traveler of the eleventh century.  Aside from his literary heritage, Nasir-i Khusraw also served as a missionary for the Ismaili…

The Esoteric of Eid-ul-Fitr

Nasir-i Khusraw in his Wajh-i Din: Discourse 28 writes that exoterically Eid-ul-Fitr is the day when the fast breakers are liberated from the fast and can obtain food and drink and attain physical strength. Similarly, the human soul also requires its own type of food – which is knowledge. And Eid-ul-Fitr, esoterically, refers

Video: The Concept of Knowledge (‘ilm) in Nasir-i Khusraw’s Philosophy, by Khalil Andani

On Thursday, March 14, Khalil Andani (Master’s Candidate, Harvard University) delivered a presentation on the concept of Knowledge (‘ilm) according to Sayyidnā Nāṣir-i Khusraw. This presentation took place during the 17th annual NMCGSA Graduate Symposium held at the University of Toronto. Khalil’s presentation explores the ideas of knowledge (‘ilm), intellect (‘aql), perception (andar yāftan; idrāk),…

Daniel Beben: Jami‘ al-salasil and the Place of Nasir-i Khusraw in the Central Asian Sufi Tradition

Mr Daniel Beben of Indiana University, USA, delivered a lecture at the IIS on 15th January, entitled Jami‘ al-salasil and the Place of Nasir-i Khusraw in the Central Asian Sufi Tradition. Mr Beben is a PhD Candidate at Indiana University and is currently conducting research on the Ismaili tradition of Central Asia from the fifteenth…

Attend Khalil Andani’s Presentation at University of Toronto: The Concept of Knowledge (‘ilm) according to Nasir-i Khusraw

Khalil Andani will be giving a presentation as part of the Annual Symposium organized by the The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Toronto. The nature of knowledge has been a great concern for many theologians and philosophers throughout human history. Knowledge is fundamental to the worldview and thought…

Nāṣir-i-Khusrow and cosmic hierarchies in Ismā ‘ilism: translation of the 67th section of khwān al-ikhwān (the Feast of the Brethren)

The following piece was summarized by Henry Corbin in several places including Cyclical Time and Isma’ili Gnosis, see especially pp. 36-37. To date, our translation appears to be the only full length translation of this entire section of the following work by Nāṣir-i-Khusrow. We note that additional to this blog entry, a pdf of our…

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Video: Presentation on the Isma‘ili Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw by Khalil Andani

You may watch the same at Vimeo if YouTube is banned in your country. http://vimeo.com/54234792 On November 1, 2012, Khalil Andani delivered a student presentation on the Isma‘ili thought of Sayyidna Nasir-i Khusraw. His presentation – Reconciling Revelation and Philosophy in Isma‘ili Thought – covers the following areas: a) Historical context of Isma‘ili thought b)…

The Hajj by Naser-e Khosraw

In our last instalment, the second in a four-part series, Naser-e Khosraw described the wonders of Cairo and the festival of opening of the canal in the presence of the Fatimid Imam al-Mustansir. He says that if he were to describe the festival in any greater detail, it would fill many pages. Khosraw, during his stay in Cairo, visited…

The Institute of Ismaili Studies - Between Reason and Revelation: Twin Wisdoms Reconciled

Nasir Khusraw’s Book: Between Reason and Revelation: Twin Wisdoms Reconciled

This is the first English translation of the last known philosophical work of the great eleventh-century Ismaili thinker, poet, and Fatimid emissary, Nasir-i Khusraw. Appointed from Cairo by command of the Fatimid Imam-caliph al-Mustansir to serve first as a daʿi, and then as the hujjat, for the entire region of Khurasan, he maintained his allegiance…

Cairo in the Light of Nasir Khusraw’s Safarnama « Simerg

Nasir Khusraw’s seven year journey through the Islamic world including the three years he spent in Fatimid Cairo falls in the epoch of the Golden Age of Muslim travel which spanned several centuries. The Ismaili philosopher, missionary and traveller has left the acccount of his journey in Safarnama or The Book of Travels, which shaped…

The Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes Nasir-i Khusraw’s Jami‘ al-Hikmatayn in Tajik

The Central Asian Studies unit of the IIS, in collaboration with the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (IOM) of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan (AST), has published a new Tajik edition of Nasir-i Khusraw’s Jami‘ al-Hikmatayn (Twin Wisdoms Reconciled).This new critical edition, prepared by Professor Karomatullo Olimov who is the Director of IOM and Vice-President…

Nasir Khusraw: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – An Introduction, by Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov

This paper provides an introductory perspective for the volume of articles devoted to Nasir Khusraw’s millennium commemoration, entitled Nasir Khusraw: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (2005), held in Tajikistan in September 2003. The volume captures the intellectual quality and diversity reflected in the presentations and discussions held in the remote mountain city of Khorog and the capital…

Nasir Khusraw: A Famous Shia Traveler & Scholar

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Nasir Khusraw was born in 1004 AD, in Qubadiyan (Kobadiyan in Balkh a province of Afghanistan), then Greater Khorasan. He was well versed in all the branches of natural science, in medicine, mathematics, astronomy and astrology, in Greek philosophy and the writings of al-Kindi, al-Farabi and Ibn Sina