Faith and World: First Book to Explore Contemporary Ismaili Thought

Faith and World: First Book to Explore Contemporary Ismaili ThoughtMohammad N. Miraly’s Faith and World shows how a modern Muslim group interacts successfully with Western liberal modernity on the basis of shared ethics like democracy, pluralism, and education.

It is the first comprehensive study of contemporary Ismaili social and political thought.

The Ismailis are a transnational Muslim community headed by the 49th Ismaili Imam, Aga Khan IV, who views liberal pluralism as parallelling the tenets of ethical Islamic living in the present day.

Contemporary Ismaili thought views the Ismaili tradition as connected to a historical past deriving from Qur’anic principles and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and his heirs, the Shi`a Imams. Thus, liberal values like democracy, pluralism, and education are seen as contemporary forms of eternal Qur’anic ethical principles.

The book explores how contemporary Ismaili institutions articulate the ethics of the Qur’an using the language of modern liberal discourse.

Faith and World furthers Western understandings of Islam, a key to overcoming misconceptions about the interconnected relationships between today’s converging civilisations.

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The book is available to order now online.


Mohammad N. Miraly is a Canadian scholar and art collector. He holds a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Public Policy from McGill University and his research focuses on the interactions between religious ethics and liberal values in contemporary culture. He lives between Montreal, London, and Dhaka.

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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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