Harvard Lecture Video: Jesus in Esoteric Islam: Ismaili Interpretations of Christ | The Essential Ismaili

Harvard Lecture Video: Jesus in Esoteric Islam: Ismaili Interpretations of Christ | The Essential Ismaili

“It remains a question why discussions of the ISLAMIC JESUS have not heretofore stressed the IMPORTANCE of the THOUGHT of these ISMAILI scholars with regard to what is probably the great single obstacle in Muslim-Christian relations not to mention an extremely important feature of Muslim identity.” – Todd Lawson, (The Crucifixion and the Qur’an, 95) Applying esoteric interpretations (ta’wil), characteristic to Ismaili Muslim theology, Fatimid … Continue reading Harvard Lecture Video: Jesus in Esoteric Islam: Ismaili Interpretations of Christ | The Essential Ismaili

Video: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism – From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul by Khalil Andani | The Essential Ismaili

Video: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism – From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul by Khalil Andani | The Essential Ismaili

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, Khalil Andani (PhD Candidate — Islamic Studies, Harvard University) presented his research paper, From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism, at Boston University’s Conference on Religious Diversity. Khalil’s presentation took place two days after the Ismaili Imam delivered the Jodidi Lecture, titled The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World, at Harvard University. The presentation … Continue reading Video: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism – From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul by Khalil Andani | The Essential Ismaili

Khalil Andani (Harvard) to present paper on the Aga Khan's Vision of Pluralism

Khalil Andani (Harvard) to present paper on the Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism

On November 14, Khalil Andani (PhD Candidate, Harvard University) will present his research paper, “From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism”, at Boston University’s Conference on Religious Diversity. Khalil’s presentation takes place two days after Mawlana Hazar Imam is scheduled to deliver the Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University. The full conference schedule is available here and Khalil’s presentation will … Continue reading Khalil Andani (Harvard) to present paper on the Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism

Ismaili Gnosis Retreat

Ismaili Gnosis Retreat in August 2015 Features Presentations on the Imamat

“To know the Imam of the Time and to recognize him through his disguise…is the great concern and preoccupation which mobilizes all the spiritual energies of a devout Ismaili.” – Henry Corbin The first Ismaili Gnosis Retreat will take place in Chicago, IL from August 28-30 with two full days of programming and is open to Ismaili Muslims of all ages. There are currently 50 … Continue reading Ismaili Gnosis Retreat in August 2015 Features Presentations on the Imamat

Video: Harvard Lecture on Shia Ismaili Muslims by Khalil Andani

Video: Harvard Lecture on Shia Ismaili Muslims by Khalil Andani

On February 21, 2014, Khalil Andani (Doctor of Philosophy of Candidate in Islamic Studies, Harvard University) delivered a lecture called “Shi’i Isma’ili Muslims: An Esoteric Tradition in Islam” as part of the Harvard Divinity School Muslim Council Speaker Series called “Diversity in Islam: Communities of Interpretation.” The lecture took place at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School and was … Continue reading Video: Harvard Lecture on Shia Ismaili Muslims by Khalil Andani

Good Friday: "Isma'ili Muslim Perspectives on Jesus" by Khalil Andani

Good Friday & Passover: “Isma’ili Muslim Perspectives on Jesus” by Khalil Andani

One of the schools of Islamic thought and philosophy which actually affirms the the Crucifixion of Jesus and glorifies it, is the tradition of Shī‘ī Ismā‘īlī Islam. The Ismā‘īlī Muslim philosophers of the tenth and eleventh centuries were able to achieve a remarkable reconciliation and rapprochement between the Qur’ānic and Christian views of the Crucifixion. via http://ismailignosis.com/2013/03/29/the-crucifixion-in-shia-ismaili-islam/   Continue reading Good Friday & Passover: “Isma’ili Muslim Perspectives on Jesus” by Khalil Andani

Event - April 1 | Islamic Studies at Harvard University: Khalil Andani's Presentation: “From Divine Word to Prophetic Word: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw”

Event – April 1 | Islamic Studies at Harvard University: Khalil Andani’s Presentation: “From Divine Word to Prophetic Word: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw”

Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program – Graduate Student Workshop This event is only open to Harvard students and faculty. To attend, contact: khalil_andani@mail.harvard.edu EVENT: Khalil Andani: “From Divine Word to Prophetic Word: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw” (Graduate Student Workshop) DATE: Wednesday, April 01 2015 TIME: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm VENUE: 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA, 02138 Join Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/762347040553256/ via http://www.islamicstudies.harvard.edu. … Continue reading Event – April 1 | Islamic Studies at Harvard University: Khalil Andani’s Presentation: “From Divine Word to Prophetic Word: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw”

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Event: March 21 | Boston College School of Theology | Khalil Andani: Shared Theologies between Islam and Christianity

EVENT: Khalil Andani: Shared Theologies between Islam and Christianity
DATE: March 21, 2015
TIME: 2:45 – 4:30 PM
VENUE: Nemaar Annual Conference STM 332 3rd Floor Large Conference Room, Boston College School of Theology, 9 Lake Street, Brighton MA 02467
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Event - February 26 | University of Toronto - Ismaili Influence on al-Ghazali: Khalil Andani's Presentation

Event – February 26 | University of Toronto – Ismaili Influence on al-Ghazali: Khalil Andani’s Presentation

Toronto Ismaili Student Association (ISA) is invited/encouraged to attend Khalil Andani’s Presentation on Ismaili Philosophy at the University of Toronto. This event is open to public.

Ismā‘īlī Influence on al-Ghazali: Khalil Andani's Presentation on Ismaili Philosophy at the University of Toronto

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The life, career, and thought of Abū Ḥamīd al-Ghazālī (1058-1111) have continued to captivate scholars of Islamic thought for the last several decades. Being well versed in Ash‘arite kalām, falsafa, and Sufism, al-Ghazālī is often credited with formulating a unique synthesis of these divergent streams of Islamic theology and philosophy. At the same time, al-Ghazālī is remembered for his infamous refutations of the Philosophers and the Ismā‘īlīs in texts whose publication shortly preceded al-Ghazālī’s own spiritual crisis in the last decade of the eleventh century. Continue reading “Event – February 26 | University of Toronto – Ismaili Influence on al-Ghazali: Khalil Andani’s Presentation”

A lecture on Isma‘ili Muslim Perspectives on Jesus - The Crucifixion in Shi‘a Isma‘ili Islam

Ismaili Muslim Perspectives on Jesus AS by Khalil Andani

“I think that monotheistic religions, having a common reference to a single God, should and must dialogue. The three religions which Abraham inspired have many more common facets than those which divide them. Religion must be the means by which to affirm the ethical significance of existence, regardless of one’s profession of faith.” – Imām Shāh Karīm al-Ḥusaynī Āgā Khān IV, (Interview with Correre della … Continue reading Ismaili Muslim Perspectives on Jesus AS by Khalil Andani

The Neoplatonic Qur’anic Exegesis of Nāṣir-i Khusraw - Khalil Andani's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

The Neoplatonic Qur’anic Exegesis of Nāṣir-i Khusraw – Khalil Andani’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

Nāṣir-i Khusraw quotes or alludes to Qur’anic verses mentioning specific Divine Names and Attributes and reinterprets them as references to the Universal Intellect and Universal Soul as opposed to God. In this manner, Nāṣir effectively frames the Universal Intellect as “the knowing” (al-‘ālim), “the living” (al-hayy), “the powerful” (al-qādir), “the exalted” (al-‘alī), and “the eternal” (al-azalī) while describing the Universal Soul as “the creator” (al-khāliq), … Continue reading The Neoplatonic Qur’anic Exegesis of Nāṣir-i Khusraw – Khalil Andani’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

Khalil Andani's Presentation: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw

Khalil Andani’s Presentation in Chicago: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw

As part of the Ismaili Studies Conference taking place at the University of Chicago​,​ Khalil Andani will be presenting his paper titled “F​​rom Divine Word to Prophetic Word: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw.” This presentati​​on will discuss how Nasir-i Khusraw, an 11th century Ismaili Muslim da’i, philosopher and poet understood the process in which the Word of God is inspired and revealed to … Continue reading Khalil Andani’s Presentation in Chicago: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw

CBC Radio Interviews Khalil Andani (Harvard) about the Aga Khan Museum

CBC Radio Interviews Khalil Andani (Harvard) about the Aga Khan Museum

Khalil Andani (Doctoral Candidate in Islamic Studies – Harvard University) was interviewed on CBC Radio’s Here and Now Toronto. In this 5 minute interview, Khalil explained the importance of the Aga Khan, the importance of the Aga Khan Museum and the sentiments of the Toronto Ismaili community on the occasion of the Opening Ceremonies. Click on YouTube Play button to listen to the conversation. Khalil … Continue reading CBC Radio Interviews Khalil Andani (Harvard) about the Aga Khan Museum

Scholars from IIS, Harvard, and Indiana host panels on Ismaili History and Philosophy at MESA 2014

Scholars from IIS, Harvard, and Indiana host panels on Ismaili History and Philosophy at MESA 2014

Scholars from IIS, Harvard, and Indiana host panels on Ismaili History and Philosophy at MESA 2014

MESA’s 48th annual meeting will commence in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on November 22-25, 2014. This year’s panel presentation features several IIS and Harvard intellectuals like Nadia E. Jamal, Shainool Jiwa, Paul E. Walker, Khalil Andani, Daniel Beben and others.

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