The Zahid 'Ali Fellowship was established in 1997 by the Institute of Ismaili Studies in the name of Professor Zahid 'Ali (1888-1958), a pioneer of modern Ismaili Studies, at the bequest of Professor Zahid 'Ali's son, the late Professor Abid 'Ali, and his family.
Belonging to a prominent Bohra Ismaili family of India, Professor Zahid Ali was educated at Oxford University, and later taught at the Nizam College in Hyderabad. He produced the first modern studies of Ismaili history and Ismaili doctrines, based on primary Ismaili sources; these works were published in Urdu in 1948 and 1954.
Professor Zahid Ali had also inherited an important collection of Ismaili manuscripts, which had been acquired by several generations of his ancestors. This collection was also bequeathed to the Institute by the late Professor Abid 'Ali and his family.
The Zahid 'Ali Fellowship, in the amount of £5000, is awarded once every five years to an internationally renowned scholar working in the field of Classical Arabic Literature who intends to use the award to carry-out research on a topic of relevance to Ismaili Studies.
The next scholarship will be awarded in 2018.
The Apocalyptic Origins of Shiʼite Esotericism
The Arabic Literature of India, 16-19th Century
Fatimid Poets and Poetry