Continuing Education Programme - 2018

The Institute of Ismaili Studies is pleased to open the application for the second cycle of Continuing Education Programme (CEP). As part of this year’s CEP, five short residential courses will be offered. These courses are designed to introduce participants to a social, cultural and civilisational approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies, with a particular focus on Ismaili contexts. Faculty for these short courses will be drawn primarily from the IIS. Where relevant, scholars with particular expertise will be drawn from external academic institutions for specific sessions. Detailed programmes and faculty profiles for each course will be shared with participants closer to the start date.



Course Titles*

Programme Dates (both days inclusive)

Application Deadline


Introduction to Islam (English)

17th – 21st Feb 2018

10th December 2017


Shi‘i Islam: Thought, Beliefs and Practices

4th – 8th March 2018

10th December 2017


The Qur’aninfo-icon and its Interpretations

24th – 28th March 2018

30th December 2017


Approaches to the Qur’anic Tafsir Tradition

14th – 18th July 2018

30th March 2018


Introduction to Islam (in Urdu)

25th – 29th July 2018

30th March 2018


There is a maximum of 25 places on each of these courses. Participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. However, preference will be given to applicants affiliated with Ismaili community institutions. Programme specific eligibility criteria are provided below:

Introduction to Islam

This course is open to the members of the Ismaili community, who are interested in learning IIS’ civilisational perspectives on Islam. The course eligibility criteria are:

  • An undergraduate degree;
  • Proficiency in English language except for the Introduction to Islam Urdu course;
  • Potential to apply learning(s) from the course(s) in their work.


Approaches to the Qur’anic Tafsir Tradition (Advance Course)

  • Senior ITREB and other personnel affiliated with institutions of the Ismaili community who have already attended the CEP The Qur’an and its Interpretations in 2017 or other similar courses;
  • STEP Teachers teaching the Qur’an module;
  • An undergraduate degree;
  • Proficiency in English language.


Eligibility criteria for the rest of the courses

  • Leadership role (professional/volunteer) in an institution of the Ismaili Community and Educators (Waezeen, Youth Facilitators, Teachers, Teacher Educators, etc.);
  • An undergraduate degree;
  • Proficiency in English language.


Programme Costs and Application Form

A non-refundable contribution of £475 is expected from participants and must be paid within four weeks of receipt of the acceptance notification from the IIS. Limited financial assistance is available towards the contribution and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. However, the selection of participants will be need-blind. Please select appropriate option while applying online.

Please click download here course catalogue for further information. 

Click here to access the online application form.