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…

The End of White Christian America: A Conversation with E. J. Dionne and Robert P. Jones — Video by Harvard Divinity School | About the Book

America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. Journalist, author, commentator, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and Dr. Robert P. Jones, author of “The End of White Christian America,” discuss this seismic change, its impact on the politics and social values of the United States, and its implications for the future. Source: Harvard…

Jesus im Koran: Maryams Sohn | Mouhanad Khorchide und Klaus von Stosch im Gespräch mit Christiane Florin — Deutschlandfunk de | Buch: Der Andere Prophet

Die Geburt Jesu wird im Koran geschildert: ohne Krippe, dafür mit Marias Wehen. Das Neugeborene kann sofort sprechen und gilt als Wort Gottes. Die Theologen Mouhanad Khorchide und Klaus von Stosch erklären, warum Jesus besonders wertgeschätzt wird – und was Thilo Sarrazin übersieht. Mouhanad Khorchide und Klaus von Stosch im Gespräch mit Christiane Florin Maria…

‘A Place of Miracles’: The story of a children’s hospital in Kabul | Afghan, France and Aga Khan’s Public-private partnerships project | Dr Lee Hilling’s new book introduced

The Ismaili Council for France, French NGO La Chaîne de l’Espoir, and the Aga Khan Development Network hosted an event on 10 April 2018 to present Dr Lee Hilling’s book A Place of Miracles. The event was held at the Afghan Embassy in Paris and was attended by representatives from the diplomatic and civil society…

Jesus and Muhammad: Commonalities of Two Great Religions by Daniel Hummel

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Jesus and Muhammad lived in different times and in different contexts. An absolute comparison of the careers of these two men is not a satisfactory method in understanding the similarities and differences between their teachings. This book approaches this topic from a different perspective. The time that Muhammad preached in Mecca…

Paderborn: Prof. Klaus von Stosch’s Latest book in German Language; ‘Herausforderung Islam: Christliche Annäherungen’ – (The Challenge of Islam: Christian Approaches)

Herausforderung Islam: Christliche AnnäherungenTaschenbuch – 12. September 2016 – von Klaus von Stosch (Autor) Gehört der Islam zu Europa? Wie soll sich der Westen zum Islam verhalten? Nicht nur der Westen, auch die christliche Theologie tut sich schwer mit dem Islam. Sie schwankt zwischen einem rein religionskundlichen Blick von außen und einer sich rechtfertigenden Abwehrhaltung,…

Wisdom of the Mountains: Pamiri People of Afghanistan and Tajikistan

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The Pamiri people of Afghanistan and Tajikistan are among the most isolated communities in the world. They live according to centuries-old traditions. Slowly but surely Western influences enter this remote mountain region. In this documentary film we travel through the Pamir Mountains with Frederik van Oudenhoven. More at the source, with…

New Book: “The Ismaili Community & Constructions of Islam & Modernity in Germany” by Linda Hewitt

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The Ismaili Community & Constructions of Islam & Modernity in Germany Paperback – Oct 11 2016 by Linda Hewitt (Author) This study examines Ismaʿili individuals’ “lived religion” through personal views on religious values combined with daily practices in German society. Since a Eurocentric view on Islam often fails to recognize the complexities of Muslim…

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…

Vision for the EU: Europe is the solution — By Frank-Walter Steinmeier Foreign Minister Germany on Goethe de | This was the vision of Winston S. Churchill in 1946

Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the headquaters of the Goethe-Institut | Photo (detail): Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca Churchills Vermächtnis: Ein Plädoyer für ein mutiges, reformorientiertes Europa der 27 das das Versprechen von Freiheit und Wohlstand auf dem Kontinent erneuern kann. Von Frank‑Walter Steinmeier Of course one can learn from history. But when has humanity ever done so?…

Understanding IRAN — New Publication by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung |One of the most ancient people of its region along with an long history|Download PDF file

Understanding IRAN By ERCAN ÇITLIOĞLU Turkey, Mar. 31, 2016 provided by: TURKEY OFFICE DOWNLOAD PDF Also available in DEUTSCH An unbiased understanding of Iran that has one of the most ancient people of its region along with an long history and established state tradition is crucially important for the sake of regional balances of power,…

“Women’s freedom is my freedom,” said Kamel Daoud – and applause thundered at the Lit.Cologne, Germany’s most important literature festival| Qantara de on his famous book

The Algerian writer Kamel Daoud – Who is the Arab man? — Qantara / Deutsche Welle de ***** He has written about Albert Camus, the New Year’s Eve assaults in Cologne and the Arab man. He has had a ″fatwa″ issued against him and been accused of Islamophobia. At Germany’s top literature festival, ″Lit.Cologne″, however,…

Quran Translation by Safi Kaskas —Quran today Blog spot de| Video Interview

I welcome this new translation of Quran by Safi Kaskas and David Hungerford among the multitudes of translations. Indeed there are nearly 300 English translations in the market now, and each one reflects the experiences of the translator, as it should. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) understood human nature, and believed in freedom, an inalienable rights of…

New Texts Out Now: Ward Vloeberghs, Architecture, Power, and Religion in Lebanon — Jadaliyya com Interview with the writer

[Cover of Ward Vloeberghs, “Architecture, Power, and Religion in Lebanon: Rafiq Hariri and the Politics of Sacred Space in Beirut”] Ward Vloeberghs, Architecture, Power, and Religion in Lebanon: Rafiq Hariri and the Politics of Sacred Space in Beirut. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ward Vloeberghs (WV): While…

Neuerscheinung: 1001 Nacht–‘Das glückliche Ende’ — Claudia Ott’s latest translation in German of the manuscript discovered in Turkey

In einer kleinen Bibliothek in Zentralanatolien, die vor 250 Jahren ein Sammler alter Handschriften erbaute, liegt – versteckt in einem falsch beschrifteten Schuber – ein uraltes Manuskript des Endes von „Tausendundeine Nacht“. Diese sensationelle Entdeckung macht Claudia Ott mit ihrer Übersetzung erstmals der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Über das Ende der Rahmenerzählung von der klugen Schahrasad, die…