Eagle’s Nest: Ismaili Castles of Iran and Syria, by- Peter Willey | eBook, available for online reads and downloads | The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

This work is the culmination of more than 20 expeditions (spanning the past 40 years) made by Peter Willey to the castles that were inhabited by Nizari Ismailis from 1090 CE until the Mongol invasion in1256 CE. The discovery and investigation of these long abandoned medieval Ismaili castles throughout the course of these expeditions gives…

New publication: A Modern History of the Ismailis – Continuity and Change in a Muslim Community, Edited by Dr. Farhad Daftary — Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

The second largest Shi‘i Muslim community after the Ithna‘ashari or Twelvers, the Ismailis have had a long and complex history dating back to the formative period of Islam. Subsequently, they became subdivided into a number of major branches and minor groups. However, since the beginning of the 12th century CE, the Ismailis have existed in…

UK: An insight into the lives of new Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) students

In September 2019, 40 new students joined The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) for post-graduate study, arriving from Canada, India, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and the USA. They have embarked on a journey that will expand their horizons, create lifelong friendships, and become part of a global network of alumni that share the unique experience of…

Authoritative specialists in the modern history of Iran explore approaches to the Qur’an in new IIS publication — The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

Persian culture has had a long-standing engagement with the Qur’an since early classical times, and this has been visible in various forms from their poetry, calligraphy to Qur’anic exegesis. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, technological advancements made it easier to disseminate information to a larger pool of intellectuals who occupied the middle ground between…

Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition —- Professor Omid Safi’s Presentation at Aga Khan Centre, London | Watch Video

On 26 March, Professor Omid Safi, Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Centre, took audiences through a mystical journey in his talk entitled, RadicalLove: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition at the Aga Khan Centre. He spoke about the goals of the spiritual path and traced the popular poetic tradition that celebrates love for both…

Annemarie Schimmel Memorial Lecture Explores ʿAyn al-Quḍāt’s Perspective on Qur’anic Origins — The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

In honour of the late Professor Annemarie Schimmel, IIS held its annual memorial lecture on 29 April, entitled Paradise Found: ʿAyn al-Quḍāt on Qur’anic Origins delivered by Professor Mohammed Rustom, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Carleton University. Given the importance of ʿAyn al-Quḍāt Hamadānī (d. 525/1131) there is relatively little scholarship on him that…

‘Ecstasy and Enlightenment’ — IIS Video | Interview with Professor Ali Asani on the development of the Ginans, Ismaili devotional tradition in South Asia …

The ginans are a large corpus of hymns and poems composed in a variety of Indic languages and attributed to a series of preacher–saints who propagated Ismaili Islam in the subcontinent over several centuries. In the book Ecstasy and Enlightnment, Professor Asani provides an overview as well as a discussion on specific aspects of the…