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News Archive, 2010

GPISH Students Visit Egypt and Syria 
December 2010
Students from the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH), Class of 2012, went on educational trips to Egypt and Syria during the summer. These visits provided the students with an opportunity to better understand the past and present dynamism of Muslim societies, including the Ismailis, in these regions. More
 
New Researchers Join Qur’anic Studies Unit 
December 2010
The Institute of Ismaili Studies is delighted to welcome Dr Alessandro Cancian and Dr Asma Hilali as Research Associates in the Qur’anic Studies Unit. More
 
An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries: Volume I – On the Nature of the Divine 
December 2010
The IIS is pleased to announce the paperback edition of An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries: Volume I – On the Nature of the Divine. Edited by Feras Hamza, Sajjad Rizvi and Farhana Mayer, the Anthology analyses the works of Sunni, Shi‘i, Ibadi, Mu‘tazili and Sufi commentators on six Qur’anic verses, revealing varied approaches to the scripture and its meaning. More
 
IIS Scholar Presents Paper on Constructing Ethics in Qur’anic Commentaries 
November 2010
Dr Nuha al-Shaar, a Research Associate in the Institute’s Qur’anic Studies Unit, presented a paper at the 25th Congress of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI), held at the Università di Napoli “l’Orientale” in Naples from 8-12 September, 2010. More
 
IIS Publishes Second Volume from the Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’ 
November 2010
Another publication was released by the IIS in October: On Logic: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 10-14, edited and translated by Professor Carmela Baffioni. This is the second volume of primary text from the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity (Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’). More
 
IIS Scholar Presents at the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants 
November 2010
Dr Omar Alí-de-Unzaga, the Academic Coordinator of IIS’ Qur’anic Studies Unit, presented a paper on biblical quotations in Ismaili sources at the 25th Congress of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI), held at the Università di Napoli “l’Orientale” in Naples from 8-12 September, 2010. More
 
IIS Releases A Companion to Muslim Ethics 
November 2010
A Companion to Muslim Ethics, edited by Amyn B. Sajoo and published by I.B. Tauris in association with the IIS, is the most comprehensive English-language book available in this field. It is the second volume in the Muslim Heritage Series, aimed at presenting to the general public as well as to academics an accessible engagement with ideas and subjects of urgent interest to the contemporary Muslim world – including ‘East-West’ relations as they unfold after the events of September 11, 2001. More
 
IIS Alumni Association Activities 
November 2010
The annual meetings of the three Chapter Groups of the IIS Alumni Association were held during the past few months. Altogether, one hundred and forty alumni attended the meetings, travelling from nine countries. These meetings are an annual feature of Chapter Group activities, providing opportunities for intellectual development and social cohesion amongst alumni from different countries. More
 
Qur’anic Studies Lecture on Shi‘i Tafsir Classification and Sultan‘alishah’s Bayan al-Sa‘ada 
October 2010
The Quranic Studies Unit of the IIS’ Department of Academic Research and Publications hosted an occasional lecture by Dr Alessandro Cancian, entitled ‘Shi‘i Tafsir Classification and Sultan ‘Ali Shah’s Bayan al-Saada’. Dr Cancian has now joined the Unit as a Research Associate in October 2010. More
 
IIS Appoints STEP International Liaison Officer 
October 2010
The Institute of Ismaili Studies welcomes Faraan Mithani as STEP International Liaison Officer in the Department of Graduate Studies. Mr Mithani joined the Institute in September 2010. More
 
IIS Announces PhD Scholarship Awards for 2010 
October 2010
Since 1997, The Institute of Ismaili Studies has been awarding doctoral scholarships to suitable candidates whose work contributes to the academic mandate of the IIS. The two recipients of the 2010 cycle of the scholarship are Laila Kadiwal and Sorbon MavlonazarovMore
 
IIS scholars participate in World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies 
September 2010
Several IIS scholars took part in the third World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), held in Barcelona from 19 to 24 July, 2010. This year’s Congress was hosted by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. IIS publications were also on display at the book fair accompanying the conference. More
 
In Memory of Professor Mohammed Arkoun 
September 2010
Professor Mohammed Arkoun, one of the most prominent and influential figures in Islamic Studies, passed away in Paris on 14 September 2010 at the age of 82 years. Professor Arkoun was Senior Research Fellow in the IIS’ Department of Academic Research and Publications and Member of the Board of GovernorsMore
 
Qur’anic Studies Lecture on Pragmatic Aspects of the Religious Text 
September 2010
The Qur’anic Studies Unit hosted an occasional lecture by Dr Asma Hilali of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris entitled Pragmatic Aspects of the Religious Text: The Sana Qur’an Palimpsest in May 2010. More
 
IIS Alumnus Presents on History of Leadership and Authority in Tajikistan 
August 2010
Dr Otambek Mastibekov gave a presentation at The Institute of Ismaili Studies on History of Leadership and Authority in Tajikistan in March 2010 as part of the Occasional Lectures organised by the Central Asian Studies (CAS) project. The paper was based on his doctoral thesis entitled Leadership and Authority in Badakhshan of Tajikistan submitted to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). More
 
Fifth Lecture in Shi‘i Studies Lecture Series 
August 2010
The fifth lecture in the Shi‘i Studies Lecture Series was entitled The Zaydi Reception of Abu l-Husayn al-Basri and Ibn al-Malahimi: Husam al-Din ‘Abd Allah b. Zayd al-‘Ansi (d. 1268 CE) and his Kitab al-Mahajja al-bayda. It was delivered by Professor Sabine Schmidtke, Professor of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, in May 2010. More
 
IIS Appoints Head of the Department of Graduate Studies 
July 2010
The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) is delighted to welcome Dr Fayyaz Vellani as Head of the Department of Graduate Studies. In this role, Dr Vellani has overall responsibility for the strategic development, leadership and management of the Department of Graduate Studies. In particular, he will guide the development of the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) and the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH). More
 
The Case of the Animals versus Man: A New Children’s Publication 
July 2010
In association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dar al-Saqi in Beirut has recently published a colourfully illustrated book for children aged 13-14 in Arabic, entitled Da‘wa al-hayawan did al-insan ‘inda malik al-jann (The Case of the Animals against Man before the King of the Jinn). More
 
Fourth Lecture in Shi‘i Studies Lecture Series 
July 2010
The fourth lecture in the Shi‘i Studies Lecture Series was delivered by Dr Andrew Newman in April 2010. It was entitled Khilaf and authority between the Buyid and Safavid periods. Looking specifically at the example of khilaf literature, Dr Newman discussed wider methodological issues in the contemporary study of Shi‘i Islam. More
 
Living in Historic Cairo: A New Interdisciplinary Publication 
June 2010
This full colour publication, entitled Living in Historic Cairo: Past and Present in an Islamic City, examines the relationships between the inhabitants of Cairo and the historic space they occupy, as well as documenting the restoration of the al-Darb al-Ahmar neighbourhood by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and other agencies. The book, edited by Dr Farhad Daftary, Professor Azim Nanji and the late Professor Elizabeth Fernea of the University of Texas, provides a useful contribution to the ‘museumification’ debate. More
 
IIS Scholar Speaks at University of Lincoln 
June 2010
Dr Nader El-Bizri delivered a talk on 14 April 2010 at the School of Architecture, Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, at the University of Lincoln. This presentation was part of a faculty seminar organised by the East Midlands History and Philosophy of Architecture Network during its Spring Session 2010. This network of ‘architectural humanities’ is supported by a consortium of schools of architecture at British Universities in the East Midlands region, in order to foster advanced academic research in the domains of architectural history, theory and criticism. More
 
IIS Appoints Interim Head of the Department of Community Relations 
May 2010
The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) is delighted to welcome Dr Nadia Eboo-Jamal as the Interim Head of the Department of Community Relations (DCR). Dr Jamal acceded to this role at the IIS in April 2010, when the incumbent Head, Dr. Shainool Jiwa started her one-year sabbatical. More
 
Internationally Acclaimed Author, M.G. Vassanji gives IIS Book Reading 
May 2010
M.G. Vassanji, an author of international standing, gave a book reading at the Institute on 8 April, 2010. He read from his latest book, A Place Within, a travel memoir of his visits to India. An earlier book, The Gunny Sack has been a set text for the Literature of Muslim Societies module of the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and HumanitiesMore
 
IIS Head Librarian speaks on Patronage in Islamic Art 
May 2010
Alnoor Merchant, Head Librarian and Keeper of Special Collections at The Institute of Ismaili Studies recently visited Arlington, Waco, Austin and Chicago in the USA to talk about artistic, intellectual and architectural patronage in the Islamic world. He also spoke about the important role that patrons played in the history of Islamic art. More
 
GPISH and STEP Students Visit Historical Sites in Spain 
May 2010
Students from the Class of 2011 of the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) and the Class of 2011 of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) recently embarked upon an educational trip to southern Spain. This annual trip allows students to experience at first hand the historical roots of Islam in Europe. More
 
IIS Launches A Companion to the Muslim World 
April 2010
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, together with the editor, Dr Amyn B. Sajoo of Simon Fraser University, celebrated the launch of A Companion to the Muslim World in a series of events in the UK and across Canada. This is the first book in a new series of publications on essential themes from Muslim heritage. More
 
STEP Cohort 1 Graduation Ceremony 
April 2010
The 16th of March 2010 marked the graduation of the first cohort of students from the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP), a joint initiative of University of London’s Institute of Education (IoE) and The Institute of Ismaili Studies. The ceremony, which was held at Logan Hall, was attended by the IIS governors, Co-directors, senior managers as well as faculty and staff associated with STEP. More
 
Professor Esack Speaks on Paradigms of Political Power amongst Muslims 
April 2010
In early March, the Department of Community Relations at the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) hosted an event with Professor Farid Esack, currently professor in the Study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. Professor Esack delivered a lecture entitled, Muslims & Islam: Between Powerlessness and Less PowerMore
 
Shi‘i Studies Lecture Series Continues 
April 2010
The third lecture in the Shi‘i Studies Lecture Series at the IIS was delivered by Dr Sajjad Rizvi, Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Director of the Centre of Islamic Philosophy of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at University of Exeter. More
 
Narrating Islam co-edited by IIS Research Associate 
March 2010
Dr Shiraz Thobani, a Research Associate with the Department of Curriculum Studies at the Institute, has co-edited a new publication with Dr Gerdien Jonker, entitled Narrating Islam: Interpretations of the Muslim World in European Texts. Dr Jonker is affiliated with the Georg-Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, Germany. More
 
IIS Appoints Academic and Student Services Manager 
March 2010
The Institute of Ismaili Studies is delighted to welcome Pamela Swanborough as Academic and Student Services Manager in the Department of Graduate Studies. Ms. Swanborough started at the Institute in February 2010. More
 
IIS scholar Advises on Science Museum Exhibition 
February 2010
Dr Nader El-Bizri acted as an external academic consultant for London’s Science Museum to support the launch of the temporary exhibition, 1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in our World. The free exhibition runs from 21 January to 25 April 2010, (temporary closure between 25 February and 12 March). This ‘blockbuster’ exhibition attracted over 15,000 visitors in its first week of opening. More
 
IIS Academic Seminar for Alumni focuses on Poverty 
February 2010
A seminar on “Understanding and Addressing Poverty” was organised by The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 16 to 18 October, 2009. The seminar was attended by alumni of IIS’ graduate programmes as well as development professionals and academics. More
 
Qur’anic Studies Workshop: Theories and Methods in Qur’an Commentaries 
February 2010
In October 2009, Dr Karen Bauer of IIS’ Qur’anic Studies unit organised a workshop on Theories and Methods in Qur’an Commentaries. The workshop was attended by prominent scholars from North America and Europe, including Andrew Rippin, Walid Saleh, Devin Stewart, Claude Gilliot, and Roberto TottoliMore
 
First Arabic Edition of ‘Uyun al-akhbar in collaboration with IFPO 
February 2010
The ‘Uyun al-akhbar wa-funun al-athar, by the Tayyibi Musta‘lian Ismaili dai, Idris ‘Imad al-Din, occupies a central position in Ismaili historiography. This major publication project is an outcome of collaboration between the Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO) in Damascus and The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS). More
 
IIS sponsors panel at MESA 2009 
January 2010
The IIS sponsored a panel presentation at the 2009 meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA), held in Boston, Massachusetts. The panel entitled, Formulations of Authority in Early Shi‘i Islam, was part of the Institute’s new endeavour in the field of Shi‘i Studies. More
 
IIS awards Dissertation Writing Scholarship 2009 
January 2010
The IIS’ Dissertation Writing Scholarship is awarded annually to doctoral students close to completing their studies. This year’s recipient is Maryann Shenoda PhD candidate studying Middle Eastern History at the Department of History, Harvard University. More
 
IIS launches New Shi‘i Studies Lecture Series 
January 2010
The Institute launched a new Shi‘i Studies Lecture Series which explores the history, doctrines and practice of Shi‘i Islam. The first lecture of this series, entitled Al-Hasan b. Musa al-Nawbakhti, Shi‘i Mutakallim or Philosopher? was given by Professor Wilferd Madelung, Senior Research Fellow at the IIS and Professor Emeritus, University of Oxford. More
 
IIS Collaborates with Foundation for Endangered Languages for Conference in Tajikistan 
January 2010
The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in collaboration with the Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL), The Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan (AST), and the Institute of Humanities, Khorog, Tajikistan, organised the 13th Annual International Conference of FEL, which took place in Khorog from 24 to 26 September, 2009. More
 
IIS Announces PhD Scholarship Awards for 2009 
January 2010
Since 1997, the IIS has been awarding doctoral scholarships to suitable candidates whose work is relevant to its research interests. The two recipients of this year’s scholarships are Zamira Dildorbekova and Shayesteh Ghofrani. More
 

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