Symposium Programme

Day 2: 13th of October

Day one: Thursday, 12th October 2017

9:30

Doors Open

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome Address

Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

10:15 - 10:30

The Work of Ismaili Special Collections Unit at the IIS

Wafi Momin, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Panel 1: Manuscript Discoveries and their Impact on Ismaili Studies

 

Chair: Carmela Baffioni, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei/The Institute of Ismaili Studies

10:30 - 11:00

Ismaili Manuscripts and Modern Scholarship in Ismaili Studies

Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

11:00 - 11:30

Husayn Hamdani, Paul Kraus, and a Suitcase Full of Manuscripts

François de Blois, University College London

11:30 - 11:50

Health break

Panel 2: Rasāʾil Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ and their Manuscript Culture

 

Chair: Arzina Lalani, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

11:50 - 12:20

The Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’s Epistles on Logic in Some Manuscripts of the IIS Collection

Carmela Baffioni, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei/The Institute of Ismaili Studies

12:20 - 12:50

Manuscripts of the Epistles of the Pure Brethren (Rasāʾil Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ) in the Collection of the Institute of Ismaili Studies

Omar Alí-de-Unzaga, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

12:50 - 13:00

Group Photo

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Panel 3: Manuscript Study and Textual Analysis: The Early Ismaili and Fatimid Tradition

 

Chair: David Hollenberg, University of Oregon

14:00 - 14:30

The Kitāb al-Asrār Ascribed to the Fatimid Caliphinfo-icon al-Mahdī

Wilfred Madelung, The Institute of Ismaili Studies/University of Oxford

14:30 - 15:00

The Manuscript Copies of Abū Ḥātim al-Rāzī’s Kitāb al-Zīna at the Institute of Ismaili Studies

Cornelius Berthold, Hamburg University

15:00 - 15:30

The Manuscripts of the Fourth One Hundred of al-Majālis al-Muʾayyadiyya by al-Muʾayyad fi’l-Dīn al-Shīrāzī

Rachel T. Howes, California State University, Northridge

15:30 - 15:50

Health break

Panel 4: Traditions of Esoteric Interpretation in Central Asian Manuscripts

 

Chair: Orkhan Mir-Kasimov, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

15:50 – 16:20

The Pillars of Sharīʿa: An Ismaili Esoteric Interpretation

Yahia Baiza, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

16:20 – 16:50

Paying Homage to the Ahl al-Baytinfo-icon: Shāh Ḍiyāʾī-yi Shughnāni’s Salām-nāma in Central Asian Manuscripts

Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

17:30

Dinner (for presenters and chairs)

 

 

Panel 5: Rethinking Ismaili History in Alamutinfo-icon times in Light of New Manuscript Discoveries

 

Chair: Shafique Virani, University of Toronto

9:30 – 10:00

Discovery, Description and Publication of Two Major Nizari Ismaili Manuscripts at the IIS: Dīwān-i Qāʾimiyyāt and the Haft Bāb of Ḥasan-i Maḥmūd-i Kātib

Jalal Badakhchani, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

10:00 – 10:30

ʿAhd-i Sayyidnā: A New Treatise on the Consolidation of Nizari Daʿwa in Alamut

Karim Javan, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

10:30 – 11:00

New Central Asian Ismaili Manuscripts on Ḥasan-i Ṣabbāḥ and the Sargudhasht-i Sayyidnā

Miklós Sárközy, Comenius University in Bratislava

11:00 – 11:20

Health break

Panel 6: Scribes, Phonology and the Satpanth Manuscript Culture

 

Chair: Farouk Topan, The Aga Khaninfo-icon University

11:20 – 11:50

A Forgotten Voice: Scribal/Literate Elite and the Satpanth Manuscript Culture

Wafi A. Momin, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

11:50 – 12:20

Garlands of Sounds (Varṇamālā): Establishing a Phonology of the Khojkiinfo-icon Script

Shafique N. Virani, University of Toronto

12:20 – 13:20

Lunch

Panel 7: Colophons, Reading Culture and Fatimid-Tayyibi Manuscripts

 

Chair: François de Blois, University College London

13:20 – 13:50

Colophons of Ismaili Manuscripts

Ismail K. Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles

13:50 – 14:20

The Majmūʿ al-Tarbiya between Text and Paratext: Exploring the Social History of a Community’s Reading Culture

Delia Cortese, Middlesex University London

Panel 8: Textual Transmission and Question of Identity in Central Asian Manuscripts

 

Chair: Toby Mayer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

14:20 – 14:50

The Ṣaḥīfat al-Nāẓirīn: Reflections on Authorship and Confessional Identity in a Fifteenth-Century Central Asian Text

Daniel Beben, Nazarbayev University

14:50 – 15:20

Niʿmatullāhī Manuscripts in the Holdings of the Institute of Ismaili Studies

Orkhan Mir-Kasimov, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

15:20 – 15:40

Health break

Panel 9: Texts, Scribes and Transmission: Codicological Insights on Some Manuscripts housed at the IIS

 

Chair: Sarah B. Savant, The Aga Khan University

15:40 – 16:10

In the Making of a Signed Autograph Arabic Manuscript: Kitāb Naṣīḥat al-Ikhwān ʿan Shurb al-Dukhān

Walid Ghali, The Institute of Ismaili Studies and The Aga Khan University

16:10 – 16:40

The Qurʾan Manuscripts and their Contexts of Transmission: Marginalia and Commentaries in the Qurʾan Manuscripts housed at the IIS

Asma Hilali, University of Lille

16:40 – 17:10

Textual, Orthographic Variations and Scribes’ Annotations: A Possible Tool for the Transmission Analysis of the Text?

Monica Scotti, Independent Scholar

17:10 – 17:45

Concluding Remarks and Way Forward