Short Videos on the Aga Khan & Ismaili Imamat, History & Theology by Khalil Andani

Short Videos on the Aga Khan & Ismaili Imamat, History & Theology by Khalil AndaniWith the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam fast approaching, many people including friends, colleagues, media, other Muslims and members of other communities will be asking questions about the Ismaili Imamat, the Ismaili Tariqah of Islam, and Islam in general.

Khalil Andani, a Harvard PhD candidate in Islamic studies with publications in Ismaili history and thought, has published a series of short accessible 3-6 minute videos on the Aga Khan and Ismaili Imamat history, theology and practice on his public YouTube channel. These excerpts are all taken from public academic lectures and are organized into 3 playlists (below). The videos can be shared with the general public.

Playlist #1: Aga Khan IV – Hazar Imam of the Shia Ismailis

  1. History of the Ismailis and the Aga Khan (6 mins):
  2. Who is the Aga Khan – Imam of the Ismailis (5 mins):
  3. The Ismaili Imam (Aga Khan) on Faith and World (7 mins):
  4. The Aga Khan’s Ideas of Pluralism (5 mins):
  5. The Aga Khan’s Views on Cosmopolitan Ethics (4 mins):


Playlist #2: Imamat in Shia Ismaili Islam

  1. The Origins of the Sunni & Shia Divide (6 mins):
  2. History of the Ismailis and the Aga Khan (6 mins):
  3. The Role of the Imam (Aga Khan) in Shia Ismaili Islam (13 mins):
  4. The Ismaili Imam (Aga Khan) on Faith and World (7 mins):


Playlist #3: Ismaili Muslim Jamatkhana Rituals

  1. Ismaili Muslim Theology: Imamat, Tawhid, and Revelation (6 mins):
  2. Why Ismaili Jamatkhanas are only open to Ismailis for prayers (3 mins):
  3. Ismaili Musllim Tariqah Pillars of Islam: Dua, Dasond, Purity (6 mins):
  4. What is the Ismaili Zakat (Dasond) & Where Does it Go?:

Khalil Andani is a SSHRC Fellow and doctoral (Ph.D) candidate in Islamic studies at Harvard University focusing on Islamic theology, philosophy, and intellectual history and holds a Master of Theological Studies degree (MTS 2014) from Harvard Divinity School. His publications include a forthcoming article about the Ismaili influence on al-Ghazali’s cosmology in the Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, two peer reviewed articles on the Survey of Ismaili Studies in Religion Compass, a chapter on Nasir-i Khusraw’s Ismaili philosophy in the The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy, and two articles comparing Ismaili cosmology and the Christian metaphysics of Meister Eckhart in Sacred Web. Khalil is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA-CPA) and has completed Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) and Master of Accounting degrees at the University of Waterloo (2008).


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