The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) was established in 1977 with the objective of promoting scholarship and learning on Muslim cultures and societies, historical as well as contemporary, and encouraging a better understanding of their relationship with other societies and faiths.
Pluralism: Beyond Ethnic and Sectarian Identities
Many societies of the Muslim world, for all their rich traditions of diversity and generosity, have lately fallen prey to ugly sectarian division. Communities that have long been part of the larger Islamic world and its heritage — Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and various minority Muslim...
Drawing on an excerpt from an address made by His Highness the Aga Khan in 2006, the author explores the links between faith and ethics, and how human virtue can help to achieve social harmony.
Governing Diverse Communities: A Medieval Muslim Illustration
The unfolding of the recent, people-led demonstrations across the Middle East brings to the fore the perennial question of
what constitutes good governance and how the quest for good order is to be fulfilled. One way to respond to this question
is to examine models of authority and leadership...
Ethics in Action: The Role of Waqf in Early Muslim Society
In this article the author references certain key hadiths of Prophet Muhammad, Qur’anic verses and examples from the Prophet’s sunna to highlight the importance in Islam of an ethical standpoint in all walks of life including giving charity, helping the poor and needy, and aiding those who are...
Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and Astronomy
This article provides a short informative history of Nasir al-Din Tusi’s life, education and works. Nasir al-Din al-Tusi’s contribution to the post-13th century intellectual history of Islam is monumental, and many of his works became the standard in a variety of disciplines up to modern times...