The Safar-nama of Nasir Khusraw, Travels from 1046 to 1052 CE— Institute of Ismaili Studies| watch video with Dr. Alice Hunsberger and Prof.Eric Ormsby

An Introduction Safar-nama of Nasir-i Khusraw The Safar-nama is record of an expansive journey undertaken by a Persian poet and philosopher, Nasir Khusraw, in the mid-11th CE century. He travelled from Central Asia to the Mediterranean Coast, Egypt, Arabia and back and appears to have compiled his Safar-nama in the latter half of the same…

‘Gleaming’ Trove of 2,000 Gold Coins Found Off Israel Coast — Forward com on Some 2,000 coins dated to the 11th century, a period when the Fatimid Islamic dynasty dominated the Middle East

Rare Haul of 11th Century Arabic Ducats From Shipwreck getty images ‘Gleaming’ Find: Archeologist shows off gold coin recovered from a shipwreck off the Israeli coast. (Reuters) — Scuba divers have discovered a rare haul of gleaming 1,000-year-old gold coins inscribed in Arabic on the sea bed off Israel, a find archaeologists say may shed…

Historical representations of a Fatimid Imam-caliph: Exploring al-Maqrizi’s and Idris’ writings on al-Mu‘izz Li Din Allah — Academic Articles on Institute of Ismaili Studies UK

This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in Alifba: Studi Arabo-Islamici e Mediterranei, Vol XXII – the published proceedings of the International Conference on the Fatimids and the Mediterranean held at the University of Palermo, Italy in December 2008.    Abstract It is a happenstance of history that the two most…

Between Reason and Revelation: Twin Wisdoms Reconciled – New Publication from Institute of Ismaili Studies

I. B. Tauris Publishers in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2012. ISBN (Hardback): 978-1780761329 Synopsis Contents Bibliography Synopsis View Publication page on Google Books This is the first English translation of the last known philosophical work of the great eleventh-century Ismaili thinker, poet, and Fatimid emissary,Nasir-i Khusraw. Appointed from Cairo by command of…

Coinage of the Fatimids – Institute of Ismaili Studies

  “Coins and the discipline of numismatics which deals with them, lie at the crossroads of so many historical, cultural and artistic concerns that hardly anyone studying a traditional civilization or an earlier period of history has been able to avoid handling or dealing with these thousands of small gold, silver or copper objects. Economic…

“The Ruby Shines On,” A Play About Nasir Khusraw, Written and Directed by Amina Ishani

Simerg Exclusive Internet Telecast “The Ruby Shines On” will unfold Ismaili thinker and missionary’s life to world wide audience  By Malik Merchant (Editor-Publisher, Simerg.com) The telecast of  “The Ruby Shines On”, the story of the extraordinary journey of faith and intellect undertaken by the celebrated Ismaili poet, philosopher and missionary Nasir Khusraw, is one of the most exciting events…

IIS Co-Director Speaks at Manchester Metropolitan University – IIS News

Professor Karim H. Karim, Co-Director of the Institute, gave a talk titled ‘The Ismailis: An Islamic Engagement with Modernity’ at Manchester Metropolitan University on 15 November 2010. The talk was organised by the University as part of their Multicultural Studies programme. Professor Karim’s lecture explored the Ismaili Muslim community’s engagement with modernity under the guidance…

Pir Nasir Khusraw’s Theory of Intellectual Education -Simerg com

Editor’s note: In Part I of this essay, Parvin Peerwani provided a brief background of the life of Nasir Khusraw and explained his definition of ‘aql and the general categories of knowledge such as the distinction between marifah and ‘ilm.  The modes of knowledge and the relationship of the human soul with the Universal Intellect…

The Center For Middle Eastern Studies At The University Of Chicago Publishes ‘Ismaili And Fatimid Studies In Honour Of Paul Walker’ – Easy Nash

The Center For Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago has published a book ‘Ismaili And Fatimid Studies In Honour Of Paul Walker’ ***** http://chicagostudiesonthemiddleeast.uchicago.edu/pwalker.html http://ismailimail.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/chicago-studies-on-the-middle-east-ismaili-and-fatimid-studies-in-honor-of-paul-e-walker/  Contents: Hidden Imams and Mahdis in Ismaili History by Farhad Daftary Kawn al-‘Alam: The cosmogony of the Isma’ili da’i Muhammad b. Ahmad al-Nasafi by Wilferd Madelung Maqriziana XII….

Coin discovery sheds new light on Malta’s history

Source:  Malta Media com ***** The Central Bank of Malta has recently acquired a Fatimid quarter dinar minted in Malta during the Arab period to add to its numismatic collection. The significance of this acquisition lies in the fact that, until this quarter dinar was discovered, no Muslim coin bearing the mint name of Malta…