The Institute of Ismaili Studies has an established Alumni Research Grant. The purpose of this grant is to support alumni who wish to pursue further research, present research papers at academic conferences (not including papers that are based on research undertaken during their studies at the IIS), publish articles, or undertake field studies in areas of relevance to the IIS.
Since its creation, grants have been awarded to the following members of the alumni body:
Dagikhudo Dagiev, Class of 2003Conducted field research in Tajikistan to collect materials relating to Ismaili Studies for the Bibliographical Studies of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet scholarsAzmeena A Goawala, Class of 2010Presented a paper entitled “Understanding the ways and the impact of students making personal connection with the content of the curriculum in Pakistani Religious Education context” at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS) Conference for Academic Disciplines, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USAAbdulmamad Iloliev, Class of 2002Presented a paper entitled “Migration and Racism: A Case Study of Tajik Labour Migrants in Russia” at a Joint Regional Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Central Eurasian Studies Society, Astana, KazakhstanMunir Jaria, Class of 2012Presented a paper entitled “International Islam On The Crossroads Of Religio-Cultural Appropriation: Case Of Nairuzi (Mwaka Koga) And Pomeri Chid (Pamiri House)” at the International Journal of Arts and Science Conference, Ryerson University's International Learning Center, Toronto, CanadaShahida Khan, Class of 2010Presented a paper entitled “An Investigation of the Impact of Active Learning Approach within an Ismaili Religious Education Class in Karachi, Pakistan” at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference for Academic Disciplines, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USAParvez Kotadia, Class of 2012Presented a paper entitled “Use of Problem-Based Learning Approach to teach Islamic Ethics: An Action Research in the Indian context” at the International Academic Forum, International Conference on Social Sciences, Brighton, UKNacim Pak-Shiraz, Class of 2002Presented a paper entitled “Constructions of Masculinity in Iranian Cinema” at the Tenth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, International Society for Iranian Studies, Montreal, CanadaMuzaffar Zoolshoev, Class of 2004Conducted research to identify archives and material relating to the Panjebhais in the state library and regional archives in Tajikistan
Karim Javan, Class of 2004Conducted research to identify Ismaili texts and manuscripts in library collections in IranAnisha Lakhani, Class of 2011Presented a paper entitled “Kohlberg in Mumbai: A Study of Cultural Implications of the Moral Reasoning of Indian Secondary Religious Education Students” at the Joint National Conference, Centre for Islamic Studies, Baton Rouge, USA
Sultonbek Aksakolov, Class of 2002Conducted field research on the Soviet state policy towards Islam (Ismailis) 1941-1991 in archives and libraries in Russia and TajikistanKarim Mitha, Class of 2011Presented a paper entitled “A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Role of the Faith-Based Community in Developing Mental Health Resiliencies amongst Diasporic and Post-Diasporic Muslim Youth in Australia” at the Health and Mental Resilience Conference, Krakow, PolandPresented a paper entitled “The View ‘Down Under’: Australian Ismaili Muslim Youth and the Quest for Identity” at the International Conference ‘Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity’, Lisbon, Portugal.
Shezeleen Kanji, Class of 2011Presented a paper entitled “Addressing Challenges of Globalisation Faced by Ismaili Muslim Students of Gujarati Ancestry in Toronto, Canada” at the Gujarat Studies Association 4th Biennial Conference, Dubai, UAEDr Khurshid Sana Khan, Class of 2002Presented a paper entitled “Community Connectedness and School Choice of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Ismailis in Karachi: A Story of Success or Encapsulation?” at the European Society for Central Asian Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, UKPresented a paper entitled “Social Capital and Community in the Lives and Education of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Ismailis in Karachi” at the 4th International Social Science Research Society Conference, Izmir, TurkeySharaf Oshurbekov, Class of 2005Conducted doctoral research on Ismaili Muslim Shrines in Tajikistan
Sehreen Noor Ali, Class of 2006Participation in the Concordia Forum in SpainDr Zuhal Avzalshoeva, Class of 2005Participation in the International Summer School at Osnabruck University, GermanyAziz Ali Dad, Class of 2003Conducted research on material culture across Gilgit-Baltistan focussing on music, PakistanNazmin Halani, Class of 1998Conducted doctoral research in ethnographic field work to investigate the religious nurture of Muslim children growing up within mixed faith families in the UKDr Anil Khamis, Class of 1992Participation in Action Research study on quality of education in Puntland, SomaliaDr Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga, Class of 2000Presented a paper entitled “Travelling Motifs and Motifs of Travel: Andalusi and Fatimid Textiles (Two Case Studies)” at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UKPresented a paper entitled “Bridging the Gap between Muslims, Christians and Jews: Andalusi Textiles” at the Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Barcelona, SpainDr Amal Sachedina, Class of 2000Conducted doctoral research at the British Library (India Office Records) and the National Archives in London
Dr Karim Gillani, Class of 2003Presented a paper entitled “New Sufi Trends in the Popular Music of India and Pakistan” at the 54th Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, New MexicoDr Otambek Mastibekov, Class of 2002Presented a paper entitled “The Leadership and authority of Ismailis: A case study of the Badakhshani Ismaili community in Tajikistan” at the Central Asia and Caucasus Studies Conference, University of St Andrews, ScotlandMehmonsho Sharifov, Class of 2003Conducted research in Tajikistan