Hymns of Wisdom: The Ismaili Ginans of South Asia – Ali Asani

Last Monday, Oct. 23, we attended Professor Ali Asani’s Athenaeum talk “Hymns of Wisdom: The Ismaili Ginans of South Asia.” After reading the description, we were intrigued for two reasons: the obscurity of the topic and its relevance beyond its specific origin. Who are the Ismailis, and how is it that this little-known minority’s hymns have influenced a multitude of cultures?

Read more http://cmcforum.com/life/10302017-the-ath-chronicles-of-sofia-and-henna-ali-asani-oct-23

Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, introduces the ginans, hymns of wisdom of the South Asia’s Ismaili communities, and their most important themes, including their ritual and performative contexts and the manner these have been impacted by a variety of political, social, and religious influences in colonial and postcolonial South Asia. Filmed October 23, 2017

 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1anDs9Yej0

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