‘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…

Hymns of Wisdom: The Ismaili Ginans of South Asia – Ali Asani

Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, introduces the ginans, hymns of wisdom of the South Asia’s Ismaili communities, and their most important themes, including their ritual and performative contexts and the manner these have been impacted by a variety of political, social, and religious influences in colonial and…

Video interview: Professor Ali Asani discusses the development of the Ginans – Ismaili devotional tradition in South Asia | ‘Ecstasy and Enlightenment’ — IIS ( Institute of Ismaili Studies)

In this 21 min interview Professor Ali Asani discusses the development of the ginans, Ismaili devotional tradition in South Asia, within the larger literary and religious traditions of the Subcontinent. He also examines the Khojki script in which many of the ginans, once committed to writing, were transcribed. (Click the Image to watch at source)…

I am one of those children who was a student attending Aga Khan schools in Kenya, and with His Highness support and guidance, went on to study and teach here at Harvard – Ali Asani

Remarks by Ali Asani,  Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures Introducing His Highness the Aga Khan at The Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University Thursday, 12 November 2015 — The Ismaili org Professor Ali Asani introduces Mawlana Hazar Imam before the 2015 Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard…

Battling religious illiteracy: A Q&A with Ali Asani about the worldwide erosion of pluralism when it comes to respecting beliefs — Harvard Gazette

File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer “Religious illiteracy is very dangerous for our society, our world,” said Harvard Professor Ali Asani. “It leads to thinking about religious traditions as monoliths.” Asani sat down for a Q&A in advance of a Nov. 12 visit to Harvard by religious leader Aga Khan. Asani, a professor of…

On Muslims Knowing the ‘Muslim’ Other: Reflections on Pluralism and Islam — By Professor Ali S Asani On IIS UK’s Lifelong Learning Articles

Professor Ali S Asani This is an edited version of an article that appeared in ‘Muslims in the United States: Identity, Influence, Innovation; Proceedings of Conferences sponsored by the Division of US Studies’, edited by Philippa Strum at theWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2005. Abstract In the contemporary context of societies, the contruction…

Interview with Ali S. Asani, 2011- Sindhi Studies Group News

12 septembre 2011 Par michelboivin Ali Asani is Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University. He is a renowned specialist in the field of Sindhi literary studies. Michel Boivin interviewed him during his passage to Canada for a conference in May 2011. Could you tell us a…

Houston city’s diverse cultural traditions: Lecture by Dr. Ali Asani and Calligraphy of Islamic, Jewish and Buddhist traditions, two programs for the public

Two exciting programs in May!   In May, Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites continues its effort to introduce Houstonians to their many neighbors. This month will feature an insightful lecture by Dr. Ali Asani and a workshop on the beautiful and intricate art of calligraphy. Sacred Sounds: Communing with the Divine in Islam A lecture by…

Video: From Qawwali to Sufi Rock, Contemporary Expressions of Muslim Devotional Literature – By Hindi Urdu Flagship

Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University, gave a fascinating talk entitled, From Qawwali to Sufi Rock: Exploring Contemporary Expressions of Muslim Devotional Literature on Friday, February 11 in the Meyerson Conference Room at the University of Texas at Austin. Hindi Urdu Flagship students joined UT faculty and graduate…