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…

Homi Bhabha Addresses Ismaili Conference – Carleton University

Originally posted on Ismailimail:
Homi Bhabha: Humanities are Absolutely Essential “…facts are being thrown around the world. But information is not knowledge. It is only when information is processed through humanistic interpretation that we can begin to get knowledge.” The humanities, says Homi Bhabha, are essential to understanding how we view culture if we are…

Intellectual Interactions in the Islamic World: The Ismaili Thread |An international team of over thirty leading scholars at IIS Conference

  Scholars at the Intellectual Interactions in the Islamic World: The Ismaili Thread Conference. The Intellectual Interactions in the Islamic World: The Ismaili Thread (link is external)conference brought together an international team of over thirty leading scholars who presented to an audience of researchers, professionals, and students. Through the study of interactions between Ismailis and…

The Institute of Ismaili Studies Co-Sponsors Conference on Fatimids and Umayyads

Dr Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga presenting to the delegates at the Fatimids and Umayyads Conference. On 23rd-25th September 2016, the Institute hosted a conference entitled Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates(link is external), in association with five European academic institutions.* Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates is a pioneering collaborative initiative bringing together text-based scholars and object-based scholars to…

Asian Chapter Group’s Annual Meeting in Dubai — Institute of Ismaili Studies | Explored of the poetry of the Persian Ismaili poet-philosopher, Nasir-i Khusraw

Between 3rd and 7th September, the Asian Chapter Group of the IIS Alumni Association convened at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, for their annual reunion, and a lively exploration of the poetry of the Persian Ismaili poet-philosopher, Nasir-i Khusraw. The Asian Chapter Group with guest speakers and staff at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. A highlight of…

‘Muslim Values’ — By Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi on the Institute of Ismaili Studies AC UK

His Highness the Aga Khan delivering the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs’ Commencement Address, at the Riverside Church, New York. – AKDN / Zahur Ramji How can we inspire people to reach beyond rampant materialism, self-indulgent individualism, and unprincipled relativism?[1] In this hard-hitting question, we are being trenchantly alerted by His Highness…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Welcomes the New Students | Global Students For the STEP and GPISH Programme in UK

New Students on the Secondary Teacher Education Programme. The IIS recently welcomed new students onto the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP)(link is external) and the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH)(link is external). Arriving from across the globe, twenty-six students joined STEP from Canada, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania and the USA, whilst…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes ‘The Spirit and the Letter:’ Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur’an

The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of The Spirit and the Letter: Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of theQur’an, edited by Annabel Keeler and Sajjad Rizvi. This publication is the fifteenth volume in the Qur’anic Studies Series(link is external). This volume is the first to focus specifically on esoteric interpretation as a phenomenon…

IIS Summer Programme on Islam held at the Ismaili Centre, London

Participants, faculty and staff members at the Summer Programme on Islam, held at the Ismaili Centre, London Thirty-one participants from Canada, India, Pakistan, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America attended the fourteenth Summer Programme on Islam, which was held at the Ismaili Centre, London, from 14 – 20 July. The…

Food as a Social and Cultural Signifier in Arab Societies — Institute of Ismaili Studies|Paper presented by Dr. Nuha Al-Shaar at American University of Beirut

Dr Nuha Al-Shaar presented a paper on The Ritualisation of Food and Table-talk in Arabic Traditions at a conference organised by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). Entitled, Insatiable Appetite: Food as a Cultural Signifier, the conference highlighted how food not only serves to build bridges, but is also a potent marker…

STEP Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2015 held at Ismaili Centre in London

9th June 2016 Graduates with the Board of Governors and faculty members. The graduation ceremony for the seventh cohort of the Institute’s Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) was held on 9th April 2016 at The Ismaili Centre, London. Thirty students from eight different countries graduated at this ceremony. Students from Canada, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Tajikistan,…

Addressing Climate Change in Mountainous Regions —IIS UK | A three year study project for Pamiri communities lead by Prof.Karim-Aly Kassam

The research will contribute to the anticipatory capacity of Pamiri communities by revitalising ecological calendars. Using participatory research, historical and existing ecological calendars will be integrated with indigenous knowledge and scientific analyses of climate and biological data. Karim-Aly Kassam riding to meet Kyrgyz pastoralists in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan near the border of China…