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Event – March 26 | Institute of Ismaili Studies Lecture: Words of Power – Hurufi Teachings Between Shi‘ism and Sufism in Medieval Islam

This lecture will focus on the mystical and messianic movement that came to be known under the name of Ḥurūfīyya, meaning ‘letterists’, which was founded in Iran in the second half of the 8th/14th century by Faḍl Allāh Astarābādī (d. 796/1394). EVENT: Words of Power – Hurufi Teachings Between Shi‘ism and Sufism in Medieval Islam…

Authority without Territory The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Ismailimail Interviews: Daryoush Mohammad Poor of ‘Authority without Territory’ fame

Congratulations on your new book, Daryoush. It has been a profoundly penetrating analysis of the authority of the Ismaili Imam and the scope of the Imam’s engagement with the world through the creation of the Aga Khan Development Network in the context of a cosmopolitan ethic. We are curious to know in the first instance…

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Nawruz has arrived

Happy Nawrūz has arrived; O Lord! May it be blessed! Purity has come in abundance; O Lord! May it be blessed!. The garden is flourishing and growing; the home is full of light and purity; the lilies have opened up their tongues; O Lord! May it be blessed! The desert has now been decked with…

Event – March 12 | The Institute of Ismaili Studies | Daryoush Mohammad Poor's Book Launch: Authority Without Territory

Event – March 12 | The Institute of Ismaili Studies | Daryoush Mohammad Poor’s Book Launch: Authority Without Territory

Examining the connection between the concept of authority and the transformation of the Ismaili imamate, Authority without Territory is the first study of the imamate in contemporary times. Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor, Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, will discuss his new book titled Authority without Territory:The Aga Khan Development Network and the…

Tafsir Islamic Intellectual History

Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes New Book on Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History

Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History – Exploring the Boundaries of a Genre Edited by Andreas Görke and Johanna Pink Offers the only up-to-date survey of scholarship on tafs’ir as a genre and its place within the broader framework of Muslim scholarship. The first attempt at analyzing the fields in which Muslim exegetical activity takes place,…

Interview with Dr Alice Hunsberger on Pearls of Persia: The Philosophical Poetry of Nasir-i Khusraw

IIS Interviews Dr Alice Hunsberger Introducing the Publication: Pearls of Persia: The Philosophical Poetry of Nasir-i Khusraw

Persian literature is famous worldwide for its love poetry and epic traditions. This fifteen minute interview with Dr Alice Hunsberger sheds light on a different side of Persian poetry—the philosophical. Focusing on the finest poet of this genre in her book Pearls of Persia: The Philosophical Poetry of Nasir-i Khusraw, Dr Hunsberger explores the ideas…

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Professor Azim Nanji: Muslim Ethics in the Contemporary World

Muslim Ethics in the Contemporary World The practice and influence of the diverse ethical heritage in Islam has continued in varying degrees among Muslims in the contemporary world. Muslims, whether they constitute majorities in the large number of independent nation states that have arisen in this century, or whether they live in significant numbers and communities elsewhere,…

Ethics in Action - Prophet Muhammad and giving of charity, helping the poor and needy

Ethics in Action – Prophet Muhammad and giving of charity, helping the poor and needy

In this article the author references certain key hadiths of Prophet Muhammad, Qur’anic verses and examples from the Prophet’s sunna to highlight the importance in Islam of an ethical standpoint in all walks of life including giving charity, helping the poor and needy, and aiding those who are unable to care for themselves. The article also…

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One Empire, Many Religions: Religion and Society under Fatimid Rule by Shainool Jiwa & Arzina Lalani at World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

The Fatimid empire (909 -1171 CE) became a leading power in the Mediterranean and shaped the “Shi‘i century” of Islam. In historiography, it was often represented as a Shi‘i exception within a predominantly Sunni history of Islam. Its material heritage in monuments and objects offers a broad basis for historical research. Features such as the…

Institute of Ismaili Studies: 7 Countries, 34 Book Launch Events, 3,000 + attendees

Institute of Ismaili Studies: 7 Countries, 34 Book Launch Events, 3,000 + attendees

“Launch events serve as vital bridges between pages and minds. ‘Academic’ words come alive; ideas take shape.” – Dr Amyn Sajoo, Author of the Companion Series  “Participating in the IIS book launches … has been a wonderfully enriching experience, in spiritual terms; and an unexpectedly rewarding one, in intellectual terms. … The very process of…

The Power of Music: STEP Teacher Karina Hussein explores the use of Music in the Religious Education Classroom | MteachJournal

The Power of Music: STEP Teacher Karina Hussein explores the use of Music in the Religious Education Classroom | MteachJournal

    Summary: Karina Hussein was working in a complementary school dedicated to the Religious Education of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim youth in Toronto, Canada when she conducted her study in 2014. This research explores the use of background music in a religious education classroom and focuses on the impact on engagement and behaviour made…

Leiden University - IIS - Political Violence - Beyond The Secular-Religious Divide

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor Delivers Papers at International Conferences

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor delivered a paper as part of the lecture series, Political Violence: Beyond the Secular/Religious Divide organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at Leiden University, Netherlands, on 19th September 2014. The paper, entitled Imaginative Anachronistic Leaps and Secular/Religious Myths of Terrorism: The case of Nizari Ismailis of…

Event - November 13 | Institute of Ismaili Studies: Live Webcast - Pandora’s Sectarian Box: Myth and Reality by Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo

Event – November 13 | Institute of Ismaili Studies: Live Webcast – Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo: Pandora’s Sectarian Box: Myth and Reality

Dr. Amyn Sajoo, Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Study of Muslim Societies & Cultures at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, will present on what plagues Muslim societies today. From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, violent conflict over sectarian identities — primarily but not exclusively between Shi‘a and Sunni —…

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New IIS Book: Scripture, Poetry and the Making of a Community: Reading the Qur’an as a Literary Text

This volume presents the views on the Qur’an by Professor Angelika Neuwirth, one of the leading scholars in Qur’anic studies today. It contains fourteen articles that reflect her original thought on the topic as developed over thirty years of research.  The book consists of a mixture of new as well as previously published pieces,…

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Visiting Research Associate of Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dr. Miklos Sarkozy delivers lecture on Nizari Ismailis, in Tehran

November 1, 2014 – Iran Book News Agency (IBNA) – Attended by the Hungarian scholar Miklos Sarkozy (PhD), The Meeting of Nizari Ismaili State Studies is to be held in the House of Literati in Tehran today. According to IBNA correspondent, the House of Literati affiliated to Iran’s Book House will host the event, where,…

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Institute of Ismaili Studies Welcomes Dr Shafique N. Virani as the new Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Virani achievements include awards from UNESCO, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Middle East Studies Association, the Foundation for Iranian Studies, Harvard University, the International Farabi Prize, and the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize. In addition, the AAR which is the world’s largest association of scholars in the field of Religious Studies and related…

A New Contribution to Ismaili Bibliographic Studies by Nawazali A. Jiwa

A New Contribution to Ismaili Bibliographic Studies by Nawazali A. Jiwa

To date, there have been two major bibliographies of secondary sources on Ismaili studies, namely Nagib Tajdin’s A Bibliography of Ismailism (Delmar, NY, 1985), and Farhad Daftary’s Ismāʿīlī Literature: A Bibliography of Sources and Studies (London, 2004). In a newly published article entitled “Addenda to Secondary Sources in Ismāʿīlī Studies: The Case of the Omissions,”…

First Ever "Ismaili Studies Conference" at University of Chicago

Event – October 16-17 | Chicago: First Ever “Ismaili Studies Conference” at University of Chicago

North America’s first Ismaili Studies Conference will take place on October 16 and 17 at the University of Chicago. Organized by University of Chicago Doctoral Candidates Shiraz Hajiani and Michael J. Bechtel, the Ismaili Studies Conference features Five Panels and a concluding Roundtable Discussion. EVENT: Ismaili Studies Conference DATE: Thursday 16th & Friday 17th, October…

Philosophical Influences in Ismaili Thought

Philosophical Influences in Ismaili Thought

Excerpt: … the influence of early Ismaili thinkers on al-Farabi seemed likely, but not certain. However, al-Farabi’s influence on later Ismaili thought, in particular on al-Kirmani, was evident and left no further doubt. Certain Farabian tenets – in particular, his cosmological system – were skilfully incorporated in the official Ismaili doctrine of the Fatimid period…

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

Timeline By The Institute of Ismaili Studies From about the third/ninth century, Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir al-Qur’an) has constituted an important sub-discipline of a larger scholarly discipline known as ‘ulum al-Qur’an (literally, the sciences of the Qur’an). This scholarly discipline has been responsible for a literary output that has continued into the modern day. Tafsir works…

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Mysticism and the Plurality of Meaning: The Case of the Ismailis of Rural Iran

To what extent does mysticism require a withdrawal from the world? Is there a contradiction between the demands of contemplation and those of an active, responsible life? Is the mystical perspective antagonistic to the intellect? Rafique Keshavjee uses as a case study the Ismailis of rural Iran, whose ideas and actions question the notion that…