يوليو 2018

07/08/2018

The Ibrat-afza is the partial biography of Hasan Alo Shah Aga Khaninfo-icon I (1219-1298 /1804-1881). Also known as Muhammad Hasan al-Husayni, he was the forty-sixth Imaminfo-icon of the Nizari Ismailis.

 

The text of the Ibrat-afza as a primary source is particularly significant in terms of three distinct contexts: the Nizārī Ismaili Imamateinfo-icon, power politics at the contemporary Qājār court with its strong Sufi underpinnings, and the evolving relations between Aga Khan I and the British in India.

27/07/2018

Shariainfo-icon has been a source of misunderstanding and misconception in both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.

 

Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World sets out to explore the reality of sharia, contextualising its development in the early centuries of Islam and showing how it evolved in line with historical and social circumstances. The authors, Raficq S. Abdulla and Mohamed M. Keshavjee, both British-trained lawyers, argue that sharia and the positive law flowing from it, known as fiqhinfo-icon, have never been an exclusive legal system or a fixed set of beliefs.

23/07/2018
In this 21 min interview Professor Ali Asani discusses the development of the ginans, Ismaili devotional tradition in South Asia, within the larger literary and religious traditions of the Subcontinent. He also examines the Khojki script in which many of the ginans, once committed to writing, were transcribed.