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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, are going through an important transitional phase. There is growing … Continue reading Professor Azim Nanji: Muslim Ethics in the Contemporary World

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 developed distinct perspectives that have led various groups to coalesce … Continue reading What is Shi‘a Islam?

Imam Hussein (a.s.): The Chief of the Youth of Paradise

INTRODUCTION: Imam Hussein (a.s.) was born in Medina in 626 CE and, as a child, is believed to have been held in great affection by the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.). As a young man, he participated in the work of his father, Imam ‘Ali (a.s.), including in his military campaigns. After the death of his father in 661 CE and the accession to power of Muawiyah, … Continue reading Imam Hussein (a.s.): The Chief of the Youth of Paradise

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, “less is more.” In Atlanta, it sometimes seems that “’more’ … Continue reading Award-winning architecture from around world vastly different from Atlanta’s iconic structures

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

Azim Nanji to speak at Georgia Tech’s architecture school | The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionA 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 than three decades, is at http://www.akdn.org. Continue reading “Azim Nanji to speak at Georgia Tech’s architecture school | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution”

Azim Nanji: Transcendent and unique nature of God

This essay explores how writers of the Fatimid period of Isma‘ili history, during the tenth and eleventh centuries, developed an approach that sought to reconcile an understanding of the transcendent and unique nature of God – embodied in the Qur’anic concept of tawhid – with a view of creation as both produced by, and yet distinct from, God. via The Institute of Ismaili Studies – … Continue reading Azim Nanji: Transcendent and unique nature of God

The Shi‘a Ismaili Muslims: Historical Context

This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in the publication Spirit and Life: A Catalogue of the Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum published by The Aga Khan Trust for Culture to accompany the exhibition Spirit & Life at The Ismaili Centre, London in 2007. Abstract In this article Professor Azim Nanji provides a brief overview of the history of Islam, … Continue reading The Shi‘a Ismaili Muslims: Historical Context

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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 their continuity and vitality. Keynote Speakers: Ali Asani Azim Nanji … Continue reading Muslim Piety – Edmonton Conference 2011

Hazrat Ali’s Tradition Emphasizes Islam as a Thinking and Spiritual Faith | Simerg

SUMMARY: The Aga Khan Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1992. This reading includes a message sent by His Highness the Aga Khan for this occasion and an article by Professor Azim Nanji entitled “Action and Compassion: Moral Frameworks within the Islamic Tradition.” Writes Nanji: “At the heart of the dilemma that faces Muslims in regard to the question of development is whether Muslim moral … Continue reading Hazrat Ali’s Tradition Emphasizes Islam as a Thinking and Spiritual Faith | Simerg

Muslim and Non-Muslim Expressions on the Karbala Tragedy

“I have taken this stand not out of arrogance or pride, neither out of mischief or injustice. I have risen to seek reform in the community of my grandfather. I would like to bid good, forbid evil, and follow the tradition of my grandfather and my father ‘Ali bin Abi Talib.” – Imam Hussein (AS) “The tragedy of Karbala illustrated that the numerical superiority does … Continue reading Muslim and Non-Muslim Expressions on the Karbala Tragedy

The Institute of Ismaili Studies – Modern Ismaili Communities

Dr Zulfikar Hirji Professor Azim Nanji This is an edited version of an article that was originally published in The Encyclopaedia Iranica, Columbia University, New York, Vol. XIV, pp. 208-210. The Ismailis consist of two main branches – the Nizari Ismailis and the Musta‘lian Tayyibi Ismailis. Both have their roots in the Fatimid period of Ismaili history via The Institute of Ismaili Studies – Modern … Continue reading The Institute of Ismaili Studies – Modern Ismaili Communities

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Azim Nanji: Sacred Spaces, Shared Visions – at Chautauqua Institution

Event Date: 08.09.10 – The Department of Religion observes Abrahamic week by focusing on the most iconic of sacred spaces — considered by the three Abrahamic Faiths as the most holy of sacred places — Jerusalem. Invited from Jerusalem to participate in the conversation are members of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths who can impart both their understandings of how this penultimate sacred space … Continue reading Azim Nanji: Sacred Spaces, Shared Visions – at Chautauqua Institution

IIS – Forthcoming Events – Book launch with Professor Azim Nanji

The Institute of Ismaili Studies will be hosting a book launch event for Living in Historic Cairo: Past and Present in an Islamic City with Professor Azim Nanji of Stanford University, USA The event will take place at 7.45 pm on Tuesday 14th September 2010 at the Ismaili Centre, 1 Cromwell Gardens, London SW7 2SL. This event is by pre-registration only and limited places are … Continue reading IIS – Forthcoming Events – Book launch with Professor Azim Nanji

Living in Historic Cairo: Past and Present in an Islamic City

Dr Farhad Daftary Professor Azim Nanji Professor Elizabeth Fernea * Synopsis * Contents * Bibliography Publication page on Google Books The city of Cairo was in founded in 358 AH/ 969 CE as the new royal capital of the Fatimids, an Ismaili Shi’i dynasty that ruled over a flourishing empire for 262 years until its demise in 567 AH/ 1171 CE. Subsequently, Cairo maintained its … Continue reading Living in Historic Cairo: Past and Present in an Islamic City