Varas Ismaili Gangji: The Turning Point — by Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant

Editor’s note: As I continue to think of my mum, Alwaeza Maleksultan J. Merchant, every moment while she continues her recovery at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, near Vancouver, from an open heart surgery some 5 weeks ago, I felt I should re-post her excellent piece on Varas Ismaili Gangji that she contributed…

The Holy Quran in the Ginanic Literature — Rashida Noormohamed-Hunzai

The Holy Qur’an in the Ginanic Literature – An Initial Exploration By Rashida Noormohamed-Hunzai This paper seeks to demonstrate the underlying teachings of the holy Qur’an in the Ginanic Literature, therefore it is essential, first of all to describe the nature of the Qur’an, as well as that of the Ginans in order to understand…

Khojki Manuscripts – Institute of Ismaili Studie’s updated article

Gallery Khojki Manuscripts *****   Originating in the province of Sindh, Khojki belongs to the category of Landa or clipped scripts, which employ alphabets and vowel systems similar to other Indian mercantile scripts and the learned Nagari norms. According to Ismaili tradition, the da‘i Pir Sadruddin was responsible for devising the Khojki script as a…

Nasir Khusraw Play “The Ruby Shines On” is now on Simerg’s Youtube Channel

Nasir Khusraw on Youtube   Please click to watch “The Ruby Shines On,” on Youtube “The Ruby Shines On,” a play about the life and works of the 12th century Ismaili missionary, poet, thinker and traveller Nasir Khusraw is now on this Website’s Youtube channel, Simergculture. The highly absorbing ninety minute play, written and directed by Amina Ishani, has been sliced…

Further update on Ginans conference under the Title“Sounds and Spaces of Muslim Piety – Tradition and Transformation”

Muslim Piety – Edmonton Conference 2011 Friday April 29 – Sunday May 1, 2011 An International Conference organized by the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology-University of Alberta in partnership with the Association for the Study of Ginans.  Muslims across the world have given sonic shape to spiritual words. From spoken declamation to melodic chant, devotional repertoires…

International Conference on Ginans and Muslim Devotional Expressions to be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada form 29th April to 1st May 2011

Memo from: Pyarali Jiwa, Chairperson Date: 31st December 2010  Ya Ali Madad The Association for the Study of Ginans is pleased to inform  that the next Conference will be hosted by the University of Alberta at Edmonton, Canada on Friday 29th April, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2011. The Association is Co-sponsor of…