The Ibrat-afza is the partial biography of Hasan Alo Shah Aga Khan I (1219-1298 /1804-1881). Also known as Muhammad Hasan al-Husayni, he was the forty-sixth Imam 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 Imamate, 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.
Sharia 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 fiqh, have never been an exclusive legal system or a fixed set of beliefs.
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.
On 26 June, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales inaugurated the Aga Khan Centre in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan. Among the guests were the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations, Lord Ahmad.
Proclaimed publicly in the Abbasid capital in 402 AH / 1011 CE, and subsequently read out across the Abbasid lands, the principal purpose of Baghdad manifesto was to invalidate the Alid lineage of the Fatimids and thus their claim to be the descendants of the Prophet, through his daughter, Fatima, and Shi‘i Imam and fourth caliph (d. 661).
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IIS moves to its new premises, at the Aga Khan Centre in the heart of London's Knowledge Quarter in July 2018
The faculty is comprised of lecturers who have made a significant contribution to scholarship and are engaged in innovative research projects in their respective fields. The current lecturers include IIS, IOE and visiting scholars from leading international academic institutions:
Professor Afzal Ahmed – Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Lifelong Learning; Communication and Teaching Subjects through Art Forms.
Dr Omar Ali-De-Unzaga (IIS) – Qur’an; Qur’anic Exegesis; Tafsir.
Dr Nuha Al-Shaar (IIS) – Classical Arabic literature and thought; Ethics in Muslim traditions; Qur’anic exegesis.
Professor Ali Asani (Harvard) – Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures.
Ms Rosa Barugh (IIS) – Global Ethics; Post-Graduate Teaching; International Teaching and International Programmes.
Dr Stephen Burge (IIS) – Hadith Studies; Hermeneutics; Qur'anic Exegesis; Literary Theory.
Dr Maria De Cillis (IIS) – Islamic Philosophy; Shi’i Studies; Islamic Theology.
Dr Alessandro Cancian (IIS) – Shi'i Sufism; Twelver Shi'ism; Mystical exegesis of the Qur'an; Anthropology of Islam.
Dr Dagi Dagiev (IIS) – Regime Transitions in Central Asia; Democratisation, Nationalism and Islam; Shi’i and Ismaili Studies.
Dr Farhad Daftary (IIS) – Ismaili History; Shi’i Studies; Shi’i Intellectual History.
Dr Zamira Dildorbekova (IIS) – Islam in Central Asia; Ismaili Studies; Curriculum Development; Research Methods.
Dr Hakim Elnazarov (IIS) – Central Asian Studies; Islam in Central Asia; Ismaili Studies.
Mr Stephen Ford (IOE) – Software Development; TEFL; Educational Technology
Dr Karim Gulamali (IIS) – Religious Education; Teacher Education.
Dr Laila Halani (IIS) – Anthropology; Gender; Ismailis in Modern times; Contemporary Islamic movements.
Mr Nazmin Halani (IIS) – Education; Religious Education; Curriculum Development.
Mr Faheem Hussain (IIS) – Sensory History; Influence of state policies on history textbooks; Adolescent moral development.
Dr Abdulmamad Iloliev (IIS) – Central Asian Studies; Islamic mysticism; Ismaili devotional literature; Islamic popular culture.
Dr Nadia Eboo Jamal – Islamic Studies; Persian history and culture in the period of Mongol rule.
Dr Shainool Jiwa (IIS) – Ismaili History and Thought; Fatimids.
Dr Hassan Al-Khoee (IIS) - Arabic Public Oratory in the Early Muslim Period
Dr Christie Johnson (IIS) – Arabic Verbal Arts; Theories of Literature and the Arts.
Ms Sophie Kerslake (IOE) – Classroom based action research; Developing innovation in education; Curriculum.
Dr Tullio Lobetti (IIS) – Philosophy of Religion; Hermeneutics and Epistemology; Theory in the Study of Religions.
Dr Toby Mayer (IIS) – Muslim philosophy; Esoteric Scriptural Exegesis; Mysticism; Qur’anic Hermeneutics.
Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov (IIS) – Shi'i Islam; Islamic mysticism and messianism.
Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda (IIS) – Shi’i Islam; Early Islam; Muslim Historical and Literary Tradition.
Dr Farouk Mitha (Victoria) – Teaching Shakespeare in Secondary Schools; Muslim intellectual history; Curriculum development in the Humanities.
Dr Farid Panjwani (UCL) – Philosophy of education; Contemporary education in Muslim societies; Religious Education.
Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor (IIS) – Shi’i intellectual history; Ismaili Philosophy; Contemporary political theory.
Dr Maryam Rezaee (IIS) – Shi’i Studies; Women and Development; Cultural Studies; Gender; Social Policies; Research Methods.
Mr Riaz Rhemtulla (IIS) – Teacher Education; Religious Education; Curriculum Development and Implementation.
Ms Alexis Stones (IOE) – Sacred art; Museum education and Theatre-in-Education.
Dr Farouk Topan (AKU) – Oral and written African Literature; Swahili Culture, spirit possession, and Islam in East Africa.
Dr Roy Wilson (IIS) – Applied Language Studies; International English Language Teaching; Academic literacy.