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To mark the advancement of Ismaili studies in the Russian Federation, an exhibition in memory of the great Russian scholar of modern Ismaili studies, Wladimir A. Ivanow, was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 11 October 2019. Dr Farhad Daftary , Co-...
The second publication in the Institute’s new World of Islam series, Beyond the Mosque: Diverse Spaces of Muslim Worship , is a first person exploration of sacred spaces across the breadth of the Muslim world. The author, Rizwan Mawani , describes...
New GPISH and STEP cohorts join IIS
The beginning of a new academic year is always an exciting time in the IIS calendar, particularly when our new intake of students arrive. We recently welcomed new students onto the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) and the Graduate...
Applications now open for GPISH - closing date 10 January 2020
The Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) encourages a perspective which is not confined to the theological and religious heritage of Islam, but seeks to explore the relationship of religious ideas to broader dimensions of...
Mosques are the central house of worship for a majority of Muslims around the world, yet many communities have developed their own distinctive religious spaces. These reflect the different cultures, geographies and interpretations that enrich Islam...
New book in Qur'anic Studies
Persian culture has had a long-standing engagement with the Qur’an since early classical times, and this has been visible in various forms from their poetry, calligraphy to Qur’anic exegesis. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,...
Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering
Eplore a photo album featuring diverse historical and contemporary Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering that reflect the rich intellectual, cultural, spiritual and institutional pluralism of the worldwide Muslim community, Umma . Share your...

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