Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in conjunction with the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom requests the pleasure of your company for a reception and book launch event. The event will launch the following IIS publications by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic Prayer According to the Teachings of Imam Ali –…

Interview with the Author: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali

Interview with the Author: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali

In the following 22 minute video interview, Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi discusses his aspirations for writing his book, Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali. He also shares his reflections on how the teachings of Imam Ali could inspire an intellectual and rationale engagement with the Qu’ran, leading to a…

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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…

Contemporary Crises and Spiritual Challenges: A Qur’anic Response – Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi

Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi highlights some of the spiritual principles more strikingly evident and inspiring in the Qur’an, principles that help us to understand, diagnose and overcome, at least inwardly, the multiple variegated crises with which we are confronted in the modern world. http://vimeo.com/66981244 Earlier: Lecture on the esoteric meaning of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein…

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio: The Sufi Spirit, with Reza Shah-Kazemi

Prayer that brings a permanent awareness of the Divine Reality is the aim of Sufism first and foremost, which London based Sufi scholar, Reza Shah-Kazemi, believes is the key to its universality. Sufism’s mystical universalism is what interests Hebrew University scholar, Sara Sviri, who reveals the fascinating phenomenon of ‘Jewish Sufism’. Listen to the program…

Book launch at the Ismaili Centre Dubai: Reflections on Quranic Prayer According to the Teachings of Imam Ali, by Dr. Reza Shah Kazemi

ITREB UAE in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, is pleased to inform you that renowned author, Dr. Reza Shah Kazemi will be in Dubai to launch his new book titled, Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Quranic Prayer According to the Teachings of Imam Ali. The presentation will be on Friday, May 20 at 8:30…

Books: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Daily Prayers in the Traditions of Shi’i Islam (I.I.S. Occasional Papers) R. Shah Kazemi

Product Description The Qur’an is the sacramental foundation of prayer in Islam. Its inspirational power is perpetually renewed through being recited and meditated upon by Muslims on a daily basis throughout their lives. This succinct and readable study offers unique contemporary insights into the spiritual, intellectual and moral interplay set in motion by the short…

Difference between Intellect and Reason

It may be useful at the outset to clarify our preference for the English word ‘intellect’ rather than ‘reason’ to translate ‘aql. What we wish to evoke here is the original meaning of intellectus in Latin Christendom, a meaning which is practically identical to that of nous in the Patristic Greek tradition: intellectus/nous is that…

Saluting Islam’s merciful warrior

Jonathan Gornall January 24, 2009 Excerpts: The extraordinary but largely forgotten story of Emir Abd el Kader, one of the key leaders of the tribal resistance to French aggression in Algeria, has now been told in a book by an American author. In Commander of the Faithful, John Kiser restores to the spotlight the  reputation…

Hazrat Ali (A.S) – Collection of ahadith

Source: Reza Shah-Kazemi (2006), Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam ‘Ali ‘No companion of the Prophet has had such fada’il ascribed to him as those which have been ascribed to ‘Ali b. Abi Talib.‘ *** ‘Truly, ‘Ali is from me and I am from him (inna ‘Ali minni wa ana minhu), and he…

IIS Scholar Participates in a Discussion on ‘Islam, Christianity and other Faiths’

Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi, Research Associate at the IIS, participated in a discussion on ‘Islam, Christianity and other Faiths’. Hosted by the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, the talk dealt with Muslim and Christian perspectives on the concept of salvation in other religions. Professor Gavin D’Costa, who teaches Religious Studies at…