The Quranic Studies Unit of the IIS’ Department of Academic Research and Publications hosted an occasional lecture by Dr Alessandro Cancian, entitled ‘Shi‘i Tafsir Classification and Sultan ‘Ali Shah’s Bayan al-Sa‘ada’. Dr Cancian has now joined the Unit as a Research Associate in October 2010.
The Institute’s Qur’anic Studies unit held the last four lectures of the series: ‘The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Tafsir,’ during April and May 2011.
The IIS sponsored a panel presentation at the 2009 meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA), held in Boston, Massachusetts. The panel entitled, Formulations of Authority in Early Shi‘i Islam, was part of the Institute’s new endeavour in the field of Shi‘i Studies.
Senior Research Fellow at the IIS, Professor Wilferd Madelung presented a paper at an interdisciplinary workshop on the traditions of science and learning in the Ismaili tradition.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies welcomes Faraan Mithani as STEP International Liaison Officer in the Department of Graduate Studies. Mr Mithani joined the Institute in September 2010.
The 16th of March 2010 marked the graduation of the first cohort of students from the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP), a joint initiative of University of London’s Institute of Education (IoE) and The Institute of Ismaili Studies. The ceremony, which was held at Logan Hall, was attended by the IIS governors, Co-directors, senior managers as well as faculty and staff associated with STEP.
The 2010 IIS Alumni Academic Seminar was held at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, UAE from 4-6 December, 2010. Thirty-five alumni from Asia, Europe and North America, gathered to debate and discuss the theme of Education and Faith Communities: Issues and Responses.
The IIS published the latest catalogue of rare and unique manuscripts in the Institute’s collection: Arabic, Persian and Gujarati Manuscripts: The Hamdani Collection by Professor François de Blois.
The IIS’ Dissertation Writing Scholarship is awarded annually to doctoral students close to completing their studies. This year’s recipient is Maryann Shenoda PhD candidate studying Middle Eastern History at the Department of History, Harvard University.
The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of Fortresses of the Intellect: Ismaili and Other Islamic Studies in Honour of Farhad Daftary, edited by Dr Omar Alí-de-Unzaga.
Author Interview with Dr Amyn B. Sajoo
With the publication of A Companion to the Muslim World, the IIS in association with I.B. Tauris (London), inaugurates a new series of publications on vital themes in Muslim civilisations. What distinguishes the ‘Muslim Heritage Series’ is not only the range of topics surveyed, but also its accessibility to a general public with an appetite for engaging writing in this field.
Alnoor Merchant, Head Librarian and Keeper of Special Collections at The Institute of Ismaili Studies recently visited Arlington, Waco, Austin and Chicago in the USA to talk about artistic, intellectual and architectural patronage in the Islamic world. He also spoke about the important role that patrons played in the history of Islamic art.
The Khujand State University in collaboration with The Institute of Ismaili Studies recently organised a book launch of Nasirian Ethics by Nasir ad-din Tusi, a celebrated 13th century Muslim scholar. The publication represents the first edition of the Nasirian Ethics in the Tajik language.
The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of one of the significant poetic works in Ismaili literature — the Diwan or collected poems of the eminent scholar, statesman and chief da‘i of the Fatimids, al-Mu’ayyad fi’l-Din al-Shirazi (1000-1078 CE).
A seminar on “Understanding and Addressing Poverty” was organised by The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 16 to 18 October, 2009. The seminar was attended by alumni of IIS’ graduate programmes as well as development professionals and academics.