The Mediaeval Ismailis of the Iranian Lands
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Studies in Honour of Clifford Edmund Bosworth Vol.II The Sultan's Turret: Studies in Persian and Turkish Culture pp. 43-81 published by Brill: Leiden, Boston, Koln in 2000. This article chronicles the main events and personalities...
Eternal Cosmos and the Womb of History: Time in Early Ismaili Thought
In this article the author grapples with theories of Time in Classical Theology. From this wide lens, he narrows the study down to how Time is presented generally in Muslim thought, and specifically in early Ismaili thought, drawing comparisons between Abu Bakr al-Razi, Abu Hatim al-Razi,...
The Days of Creation in the Thought of Nasir Khusraw
This article explores Nasir Khusraw’s spiritual hermeneutic of the tradition concerning the completion of creation in six days, with the seventh day, or Sabbath, having a particularly hallowed aura of sanctity. It demonstrates that to Nasir Khusraw, this account of the genesis of the cosmos,...
Representing Islam: A Critique of Language and Reality
Edited and revised from a paper originally presented at the “Perspectives in Islamic Studies” conference, held at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in the summer of 1998, Dr Tazim R. Kassam examines the ways in which Islam is presented in Religious Studies curricula. She questions the prevalent...
Cyclical Time and Sacred History in Medieval Ismaili Thought
It was in 148 AH/765 CE that the earliest groups identifiable as Ismailis separated from the rest of the Imami Shi‘is, centred in Kufa in southern Iraq.[1] By the early 260s AH/870s CE, when numerous da‘is appeared in many regions of the Muslim world, the Ismailis had organised a dynamic...
Avicenna on Matter, The Disobedience of Matter and Evil: Reconciling Metaphysical Stances and Qur’anic Perspective
Avicenna generally believed in the traditional Aristotelian analysis of existents divided into the constituent elements of matter (madda) and form (sura) which are joined together to form the substance, which Aristotle called ousia. Avicenna even adopts the Aristotelian definition of substance...
Muslim Literatures in South Asia
The largest concentration of Muslims in the world to­day is in the South Asian nations of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. For over twelve centuries the region has been home to a magnificent Islamic civilisation that has profoundly affected all aspects of South Asian culture and life. The...
The ‘Islamic’ in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse
The paper assesses the dominant discourse on Islam and education that argues for an education derived from an exclusively ‘Islamic’ vision. In addition to exploring the historical roots of this discourse, the paper analyses it with respect to its (i) arguments for an Islamic vision of...
Loving Compassion in Islam and Buddhism: Rahma and Karuna
In this article the author intends to show ways in which the Islamic conception of Rahma can be seen to serve a function similar to compassion in Mahayana Buddhism, which comes to play a determinative role, elevated as the very principle, cosmological and not simply ethical, which motivates...