Khalil Andani & Shiraz Hajiani to organize Ismaili Studies Panels at 2016 MESA Conference in Boston

MESA’s 50th Anniversary Meeting in Boston will be held November 17-20 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

Ismaili Thought Through the Medieval and Modern Periods: Gender, Exegesis and Metaphysics

1:45 – 3:30 PM Friday November 18

Organizer: Khalil Andani

  • Khalil Andani, Harvard
    • The monorealism of Aga Khan III: echoes of Ismāʿīlī neoplatonism and Akbarī ontology
  • Shahrad Shahvand, Harvard
    • Ismailism under the influence of Ibn ʿArabī: some metaphysical views of Āqā Khān Maḥallātī (d. 1881)
  • Paul Anderson, Harvard
    • Projections: gendering the spiritual in Ismāʿīlī cosmology
  • Aaron Viengkhou, Harvard
    • The true path (satpanth): narrative hermeneutics (taʾwīl) in the Ismāʿīlī Gināns

Nasir-i Khusraw and His Associations: Shifting Biographies and Affiliations in the Appropriations of the Persian Poet, Philosopher and Fatimid Da`i (Summoner)

2 – 3:45 PM Saturday November 19

Organizer: Shiraz Hajiani

  • Daniel Beben, Nazarbayev University
    • A tale of two masters: the uses and reuses of discipleship narratives in the legendary biographies of Nasir-i Khusraw
  • Shiraz Hajiani, University of Chicago
    • Second fiddle: an examination of the constructions of master and protégé relationship between Nāṣir-i Khusraw and Ḥasan-i Ṣabbāḥ and its later inversions in the legitimations of authority in Nizari Ismailism
  • Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev, Institute of Ismaili Studies
    • The place and significance of Nasir-i Khusraw in Badakhshan

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