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Devotional Expressions of South Asian Muslims Conference

The confluence between Muslim and Indic traditions in South Asia has given rise to a rich variety of devotional, artistic and literary forms of expression from medieval times to the present day. The aim of this conference is to draw together an international array of scholars to present new research on South Asian Muslims from historical and contemporary perspectives. Speakers will explore links between devotional forms and reflect on the relationship between religious traditions and their lived expression.

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New students join the graduate programmes at the Institute of Ismaili Studies

The new Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) and Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) students have arrived at the IIS and are beginning their studies. This September, students from across the globe have come to gain postgraduate degrees while learning from some of the leading scholars in Ismaili and Shi’i studies.
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IIS Co-Sponsors Conference to mark 125th birth Anniversary of Wladimir Ivanow

The IIS, in conjunction with the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (IOM) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), organised an international conference in Saint Petersburg to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Wladimir Alekseevich Ivanow, the pioneer of modern Ismaili Studies.

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Inside the Immaculate Portal

This publication, edited and translated by Hamid Haji, brings together a new critical edition of the Arabic text, an introduction and a fully annotated English translation of the Sirat al-Ustadh Jawdhar. It contains oral statements, correspondence and other archival material from a period spanning over sixty years of Fatimid rule, providing a biographical account of one of the most prominent statesmen of the early Fatimid period, Ustadh Jawdhar.

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IIS Organises MESA Panel on Fatimid Studies

The IIS organised a panel presentation at the 45th Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) conference held in Washington DC, USA. The panel, entitled Fatimid Studies, continued on from the previous year’s panel, Approaches to Governance in the Fatimid Period, and reflected the Institute’s ongoing work in the fields of Ismaili and broader Shi‘i Studies.

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IIS Publishes Fortresses of the Intellect in Honour of Farhad Daftary

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. This volume is dedicated to the achievements of Dr Farhad Daftary, a leading authority on Ismaili Studies and eminent scholar of Islamic history.
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