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Emerging from a period of long seclusion, the leader of the burgeoning community of Ismaili Shi'i Muslims was declared the first Fatimid Imam - caliph in the year 909. Abd Allah al- Mahdi founded the only sustained Shi'i dynasty (909-1171) to rule...
Panellists Mohamad Ballan, Dr Farhad Daftary, Dr Shainool Jiwa and Dr Paul E. Walker at the MESA Conference. Photo Credit: Anil Ali.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies participated in the Annual Conference of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA), a leading international academic organisation promoting research on the Muslim world. Held in Washington, USA,...
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...
Prince Rahim Aga Khan in conversation with staff and students during the celebration.
On 25 November 1977, His Highness the Aga Khan officially inaugurated The Institute of Ismaili Studies. To mark this momentous anniversary, the Board of Governors hosted a celebration for staff, visiting faculty and students on Friday 24 November,...
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The Institute of Ismaili Studies was established in 1977 to promote scholarship of Muslim cultures and societies, historical as well as contemporary, leading to a better understanding of their relationship with other societies and faiths. 

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