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…

Conference videos The Renaissance of Shiʿi Islam in the 15th–17th Centuries: Facets of Thought and Practice — Institute of Ismaili studies

IIS held its third Shi‘i Studies conference entitled, The Renaissance of Shiʿi Islam in the 15th–17th Centuries: Facets of Thought and Practice, from 3-5 October 2018 at the Aga Khan Centre. The Shi ‘i Studies conference investigated and evaluated the intellectual contributions of Shi‘i Muslims during this complex period. The 15th century marked a renaissance…

Reading Guides on Selected publications by The Institute of Ismaili Studies

The reading guides available here on select IIS publications are meant to make these more accessible to the readers. Each reading guide features a brief introduction to the book together with a set of guiding questions and selected extracts to facilitate a thoughtful reading of the book.  Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismailis Between Revolution…