Visiting Fellowship Programme

The Institute of Ismaili Studies awards a limited number of Visiting Research Fellowships. The recipients engage in fields of research which are of interest to the Institute. Usually, the Fellows join the faculty of the Department of Academic Research and Publications and the results of their research may eventually be published. In recent years, Visiting Fellowships have been awarded to the following scholars:

2014

  • Dr Shafique Virani, Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto and Director of the Centre for South Asian Civilisations

2013

  • Professor Andrew Rippen, Professor Emeritus of Islamic History at the University of Victoria, Canada
  • Professor Carmela Baffioni member of the Accademia dei Lincei, the Academia Europaea, the Accademia Ambrosiana, and the Academie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences. 

2012

  • Dr David Hollenberg, Assistant Professor of Arabic Language & Religious Literature, University of Oregon
  • Dr Ismail Poonawala 
  • Dr Abbas Hamdani, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 

​2004 - 2007

  • Dr Abdeali Qutbuddin, PhD in Fatimid Law, University of Manchester. Research Project: Fatimid Perspectives on Religion and Reason: the Majalisinfo-icon of al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi.
 

2003 - 2004

  • Dr Josef W. Meri, PhD in Medieval Islamic Studies, University of Oxford. General Editor, Routledge Encyclopedia of Medieval Islamic Civilization and Board Member, Middle Eastern Medievalists. 

 

2002 - 2003

  • Dr Michel Boivin, PhD in Oriental and Islamic Studies, Sorbonne (Paris). Research Fellow at the Centre for Indian and South Asian Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Research project: Islam and charismatic religion in Modern South Asia.
  • Dr Josef W. Meri, PhD in Medieval Islamic Studies, University of Oxford. General Editor, Routledge Encyclopedia of Medieval Islamic Civilization and Board Member, Middle Eastern Medievalists. 
     

2001 - 2002

  • Dr Paul Dhalla, PhD in Social Anthropology, Harvard University. Areas of Research: political and legal protection of minorities, constitutional and international law; ethnic and religious identity; multiculturalism and pluralism.
  • Dr Tazim R Kassam, PhD in History of Religions, McGill University; currently Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Syracuse University. Research project: Dynamics of Faith and Intellect in Esoteric Islam.
  • Dr Suha Taji-Farouki, PhD in Middle Eastern Politics and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter; Lecturer in Modern Islam, University of Durham, UK. Research project: modern approaches to the Qur’aninfo-icon in the context of tafsir and in the thought of contemporary Muslim intellectuals. 
     

2000 - 2001

  • Dr Alice C. Hunsberger, PhD in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. Research project: English translation of the Diwaninfo-icon of Nasir Khusraw.
  • Dr Amyn B. Sajoo, DCL in Comparative Law, McGill University, Montreal. Lecturer on International Human Rights, Civil Society and Islam, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; former Policy Advisor, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Ottawa. Research project: Pluralist Civil Society - New Muslim Discourses in the Near East and Central Asia.
  • Dr Suha Taji-Farouki, PhD in Middle Eastern Politics and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Lecturer in Modern Islam, University of Durham, UK. Research project: Revisiting the Qur’an: Muslim Voices in Contemporary Context.
  • Dr Paul Dhalla, PhD in Social Anthropology, Harvard University. Areas of Research: Comparative constitutional law, religious minorities, human rights, ethnic conflict, and refugees. 

 

1999 - 2000

  • Dr Alice C. Hunsberger, PhD in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. Research project: English translation of the Diwan of Nasir Khusraw.
  • Dr Suha Taji-Farouki, PhD in Middle Eastern Politics and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Lecturer in Modern Islam, University of Durham, UK. Research project: The discourse of Islamic liberalism in the thought of al-Sadiq al-Nayhum. 

 

1998 - 1999

  • Dr Sumaiya Hamdani, Assistant Professor of History, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Research project: Qadiinfo-icon al-Nu‘man’s construction of Fatimid legitimacy.
  • Dr Zayn Kassam, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, California. Research project: Hermeneutics of the Qur’an in the writings of Nasir Khusraw.
  • Dr Nasseh Ahmad Mirza, Senior Associate of Arabic Studies, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Research project: English translation of Hamid al-Dininfo-icon al-Kirmani’s Rahat al-‘Aqlinfo-icon (Peace of the Intellect)