Presentation in Paris: ‘Liberal Islam’ and Ismaili ethics in the 20th century Of ‘religious and social welfare’ of ‘the Community’ and ‘non-denominational’ development


École française d’Extrême-Orient


Chers collègues et amis,

Après avoir brièvement rendu compte des affaires courantes, nous écouterons Soumen

MUKHERJEE, post-doctorant au Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, nous présenter la

communication suivante :

‘Liberal Islam’ and Ismaili ethics in the 20th century Of ‘religious and social welfare’ of ‘the Community’ and ‘non-denominational’ development

Mercredi 21 mars 2012, de 18 à 20h (6-8 pm) à l’École Française d’Extrême-Orient, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116, Paris, Salle audiovisuelle (Rdc). Métros : Trocadéro ou Iéna.

An ethics of social commitment under the guidance of the Imam had been centrally important to the venture of ‘liberal Islam’ championed by the Ismaili Imamate from the late 19th century onwards and articulated through a wide spectrum of organisations. However, an emphasis on certain wider ‘non-denominational’ outreach critically distinguishes the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) from the early 20th century pre-AKDN organisations, as well as the contemporary community-specific bodies catering to the spiritual and material interests of ‘the (Ismaili) Community’. This presentation sheds light on the evolution of these two lines of religiously inspired social engagement and their wider implications.

S. Mukherjee read History at the Presidency College, University of Calcutta and holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. Further info’ at:

Paris, le 13 mars 2012

Pour toute information complémentaire :

Akil Amiraly

Études gujarati et sindhi : sociétés, langues et cultures est un groupe de travail rattaché à l’École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), 22, avenue Président Wilson, Paris 75116,


About Dr. Soumen Mukherjee


Dr. Soumen Mukherjee, FRAS

Field of research: Of ‘Faith’ and Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs): The Case of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Post-Colonial India

Zentrum Moderner Orient
Kirchweg 33
14129 Berlin

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