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…

Muslim Piety – Edmonton Conference 2011

Friday April 29 – Sunday May 1, 2011 An International Conference organized by the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology-University of Alberta in partnership with the Association for the Study of Ginans. Muslims across the world have given sonic shape to spiritual words. From spoken declamation to melodic chant, devotional repertoires expressing Muslim piety are abundant in…

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…

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:…

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

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…