Navid Kermani on Christianity: With his book "Ungläubiges Staunen" – (In English "unbelieving awe"), compares Christianity with Islam, particularly with Sufism and Shiite faith on Jesus

Navid Kermani on Christianity: “The awe of a loving unbeliever” — Qantara de article by Ulrich von Schwerin With his book “Ungläubiges Staunen” (literally “unbelieving awe”, as yet unavailable in English), Navid Kermani delivers a fascinating reflection on Christian art and religion. The German-Iranian writer looks at Christianity with a curiosity and an earnestness that…

Article: Light Upon Light — Ismaili Mail WordPress com

The Isma’ili Muslims are a branch of Shi‘a Islam which traces the religious and spiritual authority of the Prophet Muhammad through his cousin and son-in-law ‘Ali, the first Imam (spiritual leader) and thereafter by heredity through the Imam’s descendants. The Isma‘ilis are so called because following the death of the fifth Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq, they…

Australia offers humanitarian asylum to 2,500 Shia families affected by terrorism in Pakistan — Ahlul Bayt News Agency Iran

The Australian government has offered asylum on humanitarian grounds to 2,500 Hazara families of Pakistan who have been affected by terrorism.    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Last week, a representative of Australian immigration department met with United Nations officials to make the asylum offer.   According to the Express Tribune, over 80 residents of the…

From Adam to Aga Khan: The Universal Imamat « Isma‘ili Gnosis

“God created my spirit and spirit of ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib two thousand years before He created humankind. He sent ‘Alī secretly with every prophet and openly with me.” – Prophet Muhammad The Imāmat is the office of spiritual and religious leadership recognized in Shī‘ī Islam according to which the Imām is the spiritual and…

Video: Isma‘ili Muslim perpsectives on Jesus presented by Khalil Andani at the Christology Symposium – Ismaili Mail article

“…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) On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s College…

Isma’ili Modern: Globalization and Identity in a Muslim Community (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks)

Posted in Shi’ismby admin on 21 Aug 2011   The Isma’ili Muslims, a major sect of Shi’i Islam, form a community that is intriguing in its deterritorialized social organization. Informed by the richness of Isma’ili history, theories of transnationalism and globalization, and firsthand ethnographic fieldwork in the Himalayan regions of Tajikistan and Pakistan as well…

The Encyclopaedia Iranica: “Anjudan” by Dr Farhad Daftary at Institute of Ismaili Studies

                  This is an edited version of an article that was originally published in The Encyclopaedia Iranica, 1985, available at http://www.iranicaonline.org/. Download PDF version of this article Anjudan is avillage located 37 km east of Arak (former Sultanabad) in Markazi province. A relatively large and prosperous market in medieval times, Anjudan is chiefly associated with…

Voices: Good Sufi, Bad Muslims – By Omid Safi at Simerg com

Omid Safi One of the lower points in the Park51 Center controversy was the comment by New York Governor David Paterson: “This group who has put this mosque together, they are known as the Sufi Muslims. This is not like the Shiites…They’re almost like a hybrid, almost westernized. They are not really what I would…

Divide and Confound—or Divide and Empower? The Opportunities and Dangers of Strategic PSYOP against the Alawi Rulers of Syria

By Timothy R. Furnish Mr. Furnish, Ph,D., is the author of Holiest Wars: Islamic Mahdis, their Jihads and Osama bin Laden and The Caliphate: Threat or Opportunity? (forthcoming, 2010). He also maintains a website dedicated to covering Mahdism and Muslim eschatology: mahdiwatch.org. This article was first published in Perspectives: The Journal of the Psychological Operations…