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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,…

What is Shi‘a Islam?

What is Shi‘a Islam?

Dr Farhad Daftary and Professor Azim Nanji Abstract The historical formation of the worldwide Muslim community or Umma, as it is known in Arabic, has resulted in a great deal of diversity that reflects a rich intellectual, spiritual, and institutional pluralism. In seeking to express a response to the primal message of Islam, Muslims have…

Award-winning architecture from around world vastly different from Atlanta’s iconic structures

Based on Azim Nanji’s presentation at Atlanta’s University – Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology), a local newspaper captures how one of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture prize winner from Morocco may be inspiration to Atlanta’s present and future infrastructure projects … By David Pendered for http://saportareport.com/ The structures shown in the exhibit whisper,…

Azim Nanji to speak at Georgia Tech’s architecture school | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A former member of the group that selects winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture will discuss the award at Georgia Tech’s architecture school at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 28. Azim Nanji’s lecture at Clough Commons Auditorium will precede a month-long exhibition of award winners there. Information about the international award, offered over more…

A Changing Religious Landscape: Perspectives on the Muslim Experience in North America

Professor Azim Nanji Abstract In the last half of the twentieth century, Muslim communities in North America have been increasingly recognised as an established minority rather than a ‘mere exotic presence’. Their ‘encounters’ with their host communities have been multidimensional and consist of a diverse set of experiences. This article explores three dimensions through which…

The Imamate in Ismailism – Works of Qadi Nu‘man

Excerpt … One of the most systematic and succinct expositions of Ismaili ideas of the Imamate is to be found in a work of Qadi Nu‘man (d. 363 AH/974 CE) called Da‘a’im al-islam. Nu‘man, a leading jurist of the Fatimid period of Ismaili history, played a key role in the formation and elaboration of several…

Short Biography: Professor Azim Nanji

Professor Azim Nanji assumed the role of Director of the Institute in the autumn of 1998. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and has held academic and administrative appointments at various American and Canadian universities. Professor Nanji has authored, co-authored and edited several books including:…

Stanford University Welcomes Dr. Azim Nanji

Dr. Azim Nanji has joined the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies as Senior Associate Director in September 2008. In this capacity he is involved in plans to extend the reach of Stanford’s studies in Islam and Muslim societies, giving attention both to on-campus events and also to initiatives for national and international scholarly and student…

IIS Director Bids Farewell

In the autumn of 1998, Professor Nanji became the Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies. After leading the Institute for ten years, he is now leaving to join the Abbasi Programme in Islamic Studies at Stanford University as a Senior Associate Director. Under his leadership, the IIS expanded its programmes and activities and has…

Khojas - by Professor Azim Nanji

Khojas – by Professor Azim Nanji

Derived from the Persian khwajah, a term of honour, the word Khoja referred to those converted to Nizari Ismaili Islam in the Indian sub-continent from about the thirteenth century onward. More particularly, it included certain groups, predominantly from Gujarat and Kutch, who retained strong Indian ethnic roots and caste customs while sustaining their Muslim religious…

Parable and allegory of Qu’ran-e-Sharif

“This programme is also an opportunity for achieving insights into how the discourse of the Qur’an-e-Sharif, rich in parable and allegory, metaphor and symbol, has been an inexhaustible well-spring of inspiration, lending itself to a wide spectrum of interpretations……The famous verse of ‘light’ in the Qur’an, the Ayat al-Nur, whose first line is rendered here…

Dr. Azim Nanji joins the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies as Senior Associate Director at Stanford

Standord University Events and News. News: Welcome to Azim Nanji! Dr. Azim Nanji joins the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies as Senior Associate Director in April 2008. In this capacity he will be involved in plans to extend the reach of Stanford’s studies in Islam and Muslim societies, giving attention both to on-campus events and…

Ibn Battuta

Travel Writing inspired by Hajj

The pilgrimage to Mecca gave rise to a rich genre of travel writing. Pilgrims kept journals of their travels thus providing interesting details about everything from food and clothing to architecture. One of the most fascinating travel accounts is the Safarnama of Nasir-i Khusraw (1004c.-1072), who journeyed to Cairo through Nishapur, Rayy, (both in Iran),…

Director Institute of Ismaili Studies Professor Azim Nanji Speaks on Pluralism and its Contents

Director Institute of Ismaili Studies Professor Azim Nanji Speaks on Pluralism and its Contents

The Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), Professor Azim Nanji, spoke on ‘Pluralism and its contents’ at a seminar on 23 November 2007 at Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC). The seminar was the last in the series ‘Possibility of Pluralism’, which discussed pluralism and its specific relevance…

Myths and Fables

Myths and fables were used to prepare Princes for their reign. Books containing fables with amusing, moralizing stories in which animals were the main characters, were used to prepare Princes to rule their respective regions. The fables addressed the moral education of the Princes through animals as main characters, illustrating universal human strengths and weaknesses,…

Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The very first awards of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were presented in Lahore, Pakistan on October 23, 1980. Lahore is an ancient city at the crossroads of trade routes linking India, Afghanistan, Arabia and the Persian Gulf. The first Mughal emperor arrived in Lahore from Central Asia in 1524 A.D. and made it…

Professor Azim Nanji to participate in Christian Muslim Forum at Cambridge

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Professor Tariq Ramadan are to address the role of faith in British society at the first Christian Muslim Forum annual conference, which starts today (Monday) in Cambridge. As part of the landmark three-day event programme, around 30 Christian and Muslim leaders will take to the water in punts, negotiating…

IIS Director speaks at Parma Symposium

http://www.iis.ac.uk/view_article.asp?ContentID=107107 Abstract of paper presented by Azim Nanji June 2007 Professor Azim Nanji, Director of the IIS, gave a paper to the Parma Symposium (15-17 May, 2007), tracing the historical framework of exchange and dialogue among institutions of learning during the medieval period. This Symposium, entitled “Islam e Occidente: Dialogo Tra Culture” (Islam and the…