Research

The primary objective of the Institute’s research activities is to establish itself as an important centre of Islamic studies in general and Shi‘i and Ismaili studies in particular. The Institute’s Department of Academic Research and Publications (DARP) favours civilisation-based and interdisciplinary approaches and avoids narrow sectarian perspectives in all its research. The Institute aims to serve a number of audiences through its research programme, including the Ismaili community, the academic community and the interested general public. As part of this programme, seminars, conferences and public lectures are also organised by the Institute. Thus, IIS serves as a forum for scholars, particularly in the field of Ismaili studies. The Institute publishes a range of publications intended for specialists; such as occasional papers, monographs, editions, translations, conference proceedings and bibliographical works. The IIS also produces works aimed at general adult audiences and Ta'lim Curriculum materials for young people.

  • The IIS serves as the central point of reference for Ismaili studies while making its own contributions through various programmes of research and publications. Key outputs of the Institute's research on Ismaili History, its intellectual tranditions and analysis of key manuscripts have led to a number of academic books and...
  • Qur’anic Studies is part of the Institute’s Department of Academic Research and Publications. The IIS embarked on Qur’anic studies in 2000 with a view to promoting scholarship on the plurality of traditions inspired by the Qur’an and developed throughout Muslim history, up to the present time. By conducting research into...
  • The Shiʿi Studies Unit aims to enhance scholarly attention on Shiʿi Islam and promote a better understanding of its history, doctrines and practices. The Unit also examines how these relate to the issues of modernity and contemporary manifestations of Shiʿi traditions in arenas as diverse as culture, politics, economics and...