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…

Shia blood keeps spilling in Pakistan — by Malik Omaid on Pak Tea House Net

  Photos via AFP. Shia Imambargah in Hayatabad neighborhood of Peshawar was attacked  during Friday prayers by terrorists killing at least 20 and injuring at least 59. State is expressing its resolve against the good and bad Taliban but lacking the same against the good and bad sectarian outfits. Unfortunately these are all the same….

Dawoodi Bohra spiritual leader Syedna Burhanuddin passes away in Mumbai

MUMBAI: Spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin passed away in Mumbai after suffering heart attack, ARY News reported on Friday. Read more on ARY News ***** 52nd Dai passes away — Dawn com News with many photos 18th January’ 2014 | AFP Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohri sect…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Colloquium on Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

The Qur’anic Studies Unit at the IIS organised an international colloquium from 2–4 September 2013 entitled Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran. This was the second event following two panels in 2012 at the Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference in Istanbul. The colloquium brought together twenty-four scholars from around the globe representing seventeen institutions…

The Crucifixion in Shi‘a Isma‘ili Islam — on Ismaili Gnosis com

“…the conditions of the dialogue between Christianity and Islam change completely as soon as the interlocutor represents not legalistic Islam but this spiritual Islam, whether it be that of Sufism or of Shi‘ite gnosis.” (Henry Corbin, Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth, Prologue) Click Here to Read the full article – The Crucifixion in Shi‘a Isma‘ili Islam  …

Imamate in Isma’ilism – Ismaili web Amaana

By Azim Nanji In common with all major Shiʿite groups, the Ismaʿilis (q.v.) believe that the Imamate is a divinely sanctioned and guided institution, through whose agency Muslims are enabled to contextualize the practice of their faith and to understand fully the exoteric and esoteric dimensions of the Qurʾān. The Imamate exists to complement prophethood…

The Institute of Ismaili Studies: Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

Two panels at the Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, Istanbul – 3 August 2012 Colloquium at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London – 2–4 September 2013. (Please see Call for Papers section below) Convenor: Dr Alessandro Cancian, Research Associate, Qur’anic Studies Unit, IIS For further details, please contact Dr Alessandro Cancian: acancian@iis.ac.uk. Description The Qur’an…

Ikhwan al-safa’ — the Brethren of Purity: by Diana Steigerwald at Amaana Org

Ikhwan al-safa’ (the Brethren of Purity) are the authors of the Rasa’il al-Ikhwan al-safa’ (Treatises of the Brethren of Purity), an Islamic encyclopedia consisting of fifty-two treatises and an additional comprehensive treatise (Risalat al-jami‘a) on various philosophical sciences interpreted by Isma‘ili Shi‘i scholars. It covers the mathematical, natural, psychological/rational, and theological sciences and was written…

Hijab of the Eyes – From Sufi Comics com

Sufi Comics: Hijab of the Eyes We live in a world where modern man is seen as nothing more than a glorified animal whose purpose is to maximize his sensory & sensual pleasures. It’s a world where we’re constantly bombarded with images of sexuality, and lowering the Gaze has become uncool. Is “seeing” nothing more…

Reading Lists by ‘The Institute of Ismaili Studies’, United Kingdom

The reading lists that follow are intended as a preliminary suggestion of books in English for self-motivated students without an academic training or knowledge of languages of the Muslim world, but with some elementary acquaintance with Islam and a serious interest in building on it further. The lists are not representative of the entire scope…