Organized by Ismaili Council for Florida and others: Panel discusses universality of different faith traditions

By Lee Stephens – A diverse segment of the community gathered on March 30 at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center to engage in an intellectual discussion about the universality of different faith traditions. The Ismaili Council for Florida, the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, MCCJ, and Temple Beth Sholom co-sponsored an Interfaith Lecture titled “Spirituality and Universality in Islam.” The … Continue reading Organized by Ismaili Council for Florida and others: Panel discusses universality of different faith traditions

Spiritual Roots of Universality in Islam: Sufism and the Muhammadan Reality - Lecture by Reza Shah-Kazemi

Spiritual Roots of Universality in Islam: Sufism and the Muhammadan Reality – Lecture by Reza Shah-Kazemi

Delivered on March 31, 2015 at School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University. Sponsored by the Aga Khan Council of Florida.

Spiritual Roots of Universality in Islam: Sufism and the Muhammadan Reality - Lecture by Reza Shah-Kazemi
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Event - April 6 and 7 | University of South Carolina | Reza Shah-Kazemi: A Muslim Perspective on Good Friday and Easter

Event – April 6 and 7 | University of South Carolina | Reza Shah-Kazemi: A Muslim Perspective on Good Friday and Easter

Reza Shah-Kazemi will speak on “The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam” and “A Muslim Perspective on Good Friday and Easter” at the University of South Carolina. EVENT: “The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam” DATE: Monday, April 6 TIME: 6:30 pm VENUE: Law School Auditorium – http://www.sc.edu/visit/map/ EVENT: “A Muslim Perspective on Good Friday and Easter” DATE: Tuesday April 7 TIME: 6:00 pm VENUE: Gambrell Hall … Continue reading Event – April 6 and 7 | University of South Carolina | Reza Shah-Kazemi: A Muslim Perspective on Good Friday and Easter

Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in conjunction with the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom requests the pleasure of your company for a reception and book launch event. The event will launch the following IIS publications by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic Prayer According to the Teachings of Imam Ali – Provides a unique contemporary insight into the spiritual dynamics set … Continue reading Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

Interview with the Author: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali

Interview with the Author: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali

In the following 22 minute video interview, Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi discusses his aspirations for writing his book, Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic prayer according to the teachings of Imam Ali. He also shares his reflections on how the teachings of Imam Ali could inspire an intellectual and rationale engagement with the Qu’ran, leading to a fuller and richer understanding of the religious experience.

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Pluralism and the Qur’an: Speech delivered by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at Milad al-Nabi Celebration

This is an edited version of extracts from speeches delivered by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at Milad al-Nabi Celebrations held in Atlanta and San Francisco, USA. Dr. Shah-Kazemi opens this article with the narration of Prophet Muhammad’s invitation to a group of Christians in 631 CE to perform their rites in his own mosque. This remarkable event was reported by Ibn Ishaq and others. As Dr … Continue reading Pluralism and the Qur’an: Speech delivered by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at Milad al-Nabi Celebration

Growing intolerance and Interfaith relations in Pakistan – The Express Tribune

Growing intolerance and Interfaith relations in Pakistan – The Express Tribune

By Dr Akmal Hussain As the fabric of society in Pakistan is lacerated by growing intolerance towards other religious identities, it is important to develop an understanding of the religious ‘other’ and apprehend the universal principles of love and knowledge that underlie different religious forms. This discovery of a broader sense of our humanness, while retaining the specificity of each religious form, enables us to … Continue reading Growing intolerance and Interfaith relations in Pakistan – The Express Tribune

Reza Shah-Kazemi: Defining Without Confining: Reflections on a prophetic usage of sacred space

Reza Shah-Kazemi: Defining Without Confining: Reflections on a prophetic usage of sacred spaceINTRODUCTION: In this article I intend to show that, in traditional Islamic consciousness, to define the space of the sacred (the mosque, the qibla, etc.) does not confine the sacred (wherever ye turn there is the face of God), and thus that the space of the sacred cannot be subject to what we might call ‘religious nationalism’. Continue reading “Reza Shah-Kazemi: Defining Without Confining: Reflections on a prophetic usage of sacred space”

Contemporary Crises and Spiritual Challenges: A Qur’anic Response – Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi

Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi highlights some of the spiritual principles more strikingly evident and inspiring in the Qur’an, principles that help us to understand, diagnose and overcome, at least inwardly, the multiple variegated crises with which we are confronted in the modern world. http://vimeo.com/66981244 Earlier: Lecture on the esoteric meaning of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) Continue reading Contemporary Crises and Spiritual Challenges: A Qur’anic Response – Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi

The Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam

The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam by Reza Shah-Kazemi. In the book, the author demonstrates, using predominantly western historical sources, that religious tolerance was in fact the historical norm which characterised the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, and that intolerance was a clear deviation from this norm. He further argues that it was this Muslim norm … Continue reading The Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam

The Prophet of Islam and the Spirit of Tolerance – By Reza Shah Kazemi – Amaana.org

By Reza Shah Kazemi from the book The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam (London: IB Tauris/IIS, 2012, pp.111-125) The Prophetic Paradigm: Compassionate Forbearance To speak about the intellectual search for knowledge, therefore, is also, and inescapably, to speak about the pursuit of virtue, and it is here that the paradigm of prophetic perfection is of the utmost importance: ‘I was raised up as a Prophet … Continue reading The Prophet of Islam and the Spirit of Tolerance – By Reza Shah Kazemi – Amaana.org

The Prophet of Islam and the Spirit of Tolerance – Reza Shah-Kazemi

The Prophet of Islam and the Spirit of Tolerance – Reza Shah-Kazemi

Delivered in London at the Indian YMCA Hall, 24 June 2011. The first part of the lecture gives an historical account of the deployment of the spirit of tolerance within Islamic civilisation, recalling several interesting anecdotes and little known events. The second part of the lecture shows how the roots of Islamic tolerance are to be found in the nature of the Prophet himself, and … Continue reading The Prophet of Islam and the Spirit of Tolerance – Reza Shah-Kazemi

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio: The Sufi Spirit, with Reza Shah-Kazemi

Prayer that brings a permanent awareness of the Divine Reality is the aim of Sufism first and foremost, which London based Sufi scholar, Reza Shah-Kazemi, believes is the key to its universality. Sufism’s mystical universalism is what interests Hebrew University scholar, Sara Sviri, who reveals the fascinating phenomenon of ‘Jewish Sufism’. Listen to the program at the source: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/spiritofthings/the-sufi-spirit/3686180 Reza Shah-Kazemi is a research associate … Continue reading The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio: The Sufi Spirit, with Reza Shah-Kazemi

Recollecting the Spirit of Jihad, by Reza Shah-Kazemi – Amaana.org

“When we think how few men of real religion there are, how small the number of defenders and champions of the truth—when one sees ignorant persons imagining that the principle of Islam is hardness, severity, extravagance and barbarity—it is time to repeat these words: Patience is beautiful, and God is the source of all succour. (Sabr jamîl, wa’Llâhu’l-musta‘ân—Qur’an, XII: 18)” The Emir Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza’iri … Continue reading Recollecting the Spirit of Jihad, by Reza Shah-Kazemi – Amaana.org