Karim Gillani: The Ismaili Ginan Tradition from the Indian Subcontinent

Dr. Karim Gillani: The Ismaili Ginan Tradition from the Indian Subcontinent

Middle East Studies Association of North America MESA) The Ismaili “Ginan” Tradition from the Indian Subcontinent Author(s): Karim Gillani Source:Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Vol. 38, No. 2 Click here to read at Academia.edu About Karim Gillani Continue reading Dr. Karim Gillani: The Ismaili Ginan Tradition from the Indian Subcontinent

Ginan Naklanki Geeta, the Hadron Collider & Modern Scientific Knowledge | Simerg

Ginan Naklanki Geeta, the Hadron Collider & Modern Scientific Knowledge | Simerg

In this in-depth study of Syad Imam Shah’s ancient ginan, Naklanki Geeta (generally referred to as granth because of its voluminous size), Shiraz Pradhan explores its much advanced scientific ideas compared to the contemporary knowledge of the era. Pradhan seeks to explain how the composition’s numerous verses might relate to cutting-edge scientific developments taking place today. Pradhan further explores the concept of Nur (Light), and … Continue reading Ginan Naklanki Geeta, the Hadron Collider & Modern Scientific Knowledge | Simerg

Association for the Study of Ginans: International Ginan Conference, UK - November 21-22, 2015

Association for the Study of Ginans: International Ginan Conference, UK – November 21-22, 2015

Association for the Study of Ginans presents, the next International Ginan Conference which will be held in London on November 21 and 22, 2015. This two-day event will include presentation of papers by eminent speakers. Professor Karim H. Karim (Director, Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) to present a keynote address on “Burying Religious Heritage: The Serial Interment of the … Continue reading Association for the Study of Ginans: International Ginan Conference, UK – November 21-22, 2015

Ginan Central: A Portal to the Ismaili Community’s Ginanic Literature

Ginan Central: A Portal to the Ismaili Community’s Ginanic Literature | Simerg

Karim Tharani of the University of Saskachewan provides an overview of Ginan Central web portal that has been created with the goal of preserving and providing access to Ismaili ginanic literature in order to promote research and education. The portal is made up of a number of projects including a Ginan Index and Search Tool, Ginan Recitations as well sections on Khojki learning and a … Continue reading Ginan Central: A Portal to the Ismaili Community’s Ginanic Literature | Simerg

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Vancouver, Canada: Youth Based Ginan Mehfil

A youth affair Introduction, Aly Sunderji: This past Easter long weekend, the Vancouver jamat was treated to a unique and first of its kind Mehfil-e-Ginan. What made this mehfil so unique was that this was the first time since Silver Jubilee that Vancouver had its own “Youth based Ginan Mehfil.” The Vancouver jamat is fortunate to have amazing singers such as Khursheed Nurali (Sheerazi), Anaar Kanji, Nimet Jaffer, Venky, … Continue reading Vancouver, Canada: Youth Based Ginan Mehfil

Irfaan Manji: New Ginans Website - OurWonderfulTradition.com

Irfaan Manji: New Ginans Website – OurWonderfulTradition.com

OurWonderfulTradition.com is a new site where carefully selected ginans with music are available for free download or streaming. The site’s launch will be marked with the release of ‘Footprints’ – a collection of ginans by Irfaan Manji. Irfaan Manji is a Canadian Ismaili Muslim composer currently residing in Toronto, Ontario. Irfaan comes from a family of widely-known musicians and ginan reciters, and credits his father … Continue reading Irfaan Manji: New Ginans Website – OurWonderfulTradition.com

Hakimali V. Surani: Imamat in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

Hakimali V. Surani: Imamat in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

Where the Qur’anic symbolism uses the allegory of the Holy Tree (kashajaratin tayyibatin) for Divine Guidance, the same simili is used in the Ginans to indicate the spiritual aspect of Imamat (Divine Guidance). Similarly, where the Qur’an refers to the essential function of Imamat as Guidance, the Ginans also refer to this by comparing it with the Eternal Lamp of Light, which enlightens humanity. According … Continue reading Hakimali V. Surani: Imamat in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

The mausoleum of Sayyid Gulmalishah in Mundra, Cutch.

Ginans continued to be composed by Sayyids

Ginans are a vast collection consisting of several hundred Ginans, composed by Pirs and Sayyids, which have been a central part of the religious life of the Nizari Ismaili community of the Indian Subcontinent now residing in many parts of the world. Ginans were composed in local vernaculars to teach the message of the Qur’an and the Isma’ili interpretation to non-Arabic speaking peoples. The earliest … Continue reading Ginans continued to be composed by Sayyids

Music is a vital characteristic of Ginans

Ginans are religious lyrics which have been a central part of the religious life of the Nizari Ismaili community of the Indian Subcontinent that today resides in many countries around the world. The Ginans served as secondary texts in the local languages to convey the teachings of the Qur’an and the Isma’ili interpretation to non-Arabic speaking peoples. Ginans are poetic compositions attributed to Pirs and Saiyads, or … Continue reading Music is a vital characteristic of Ginans