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The Institute of Ismaili Studies is pleased to invite you to our Annemarie Schimmel Memorial Lecture on Monday 29 April 2019 at 5pm (GMT) at Aga Khaninfo-icon Centre, London.

The lecture will be delivered by the most recent recipient of the Annemarie Schimmel fellowship, Mohammed Rustom, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Carleton University and Library of Arabic Literature Senior Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi.


This article explores the concepts of love, friendship and refinement of character presented by the Ikhwan in the context of wider discourses of the time.   


Many of us are curious about other cultures with a hunger for experiencing the “out of the ordinary”, and we satisfy this desire in different ways. For some this may involve physically travelling to other parts of the world, whilst for others it may involve turning to literature to transport our hearts and minds more figuratively.

Have a glimpse of our new publication, Islam: An Illustrated Journey. Travelling through more than fourteen-hundred years of the history of Islam, from the formative era to its place in the modern world, this book explores the many social and cultural landscapes of Arabia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, China, the Americas and Europe where Islam was adopted and took root.

The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of The Qur’aninfo-icon and Adabinfo-icon: The Shaping of Literary Traditions in Classical Islam, edited by Dr Nuha Alshaar. This publication is the sixteenth volume in the Qur’anic Studies Series.

This short video introduces one of the oldest manuscripts of the Qur’an, the Sana‘a Palimpsest, dating back to the 1st-2nd century AH / 7th century CE.

Islam an Illustrated Journey is a Diamond Jubilee publication produced by Azimuth Editions in conjunction with The Institute of Ismaili Studies. The book is a timely reminder of Islam’s rich legacy and pluralistic heritage and takes readers on a visual journey through Islam’s rich 1400 year history.

On 3 November 2018, the first book launch was held at Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Attendees were given first-hand insights into the approach taken by the authors Dr Farhad Datary and Professor Zulfikar Hirji to produce an accessible and illustrated account of Islamic civilisation from Late Antiquity up to the modern-day.

Watch the keynote address on The Confluence of Mysticism and Messianism in Islamic Theosophy (Irfan) in the 15th–17th centuries, delivered by Prof. Gerhard B Gerhard Böwering on 3 October, 2018 at the Aga Khan Centre.