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15th February 2018

Recent discoveries of Fatimid artefacts, manuscripts, and archeological sites has led to a renewed scholarly insterest in exploring the history, thought and material culture of the Fatimidsinfo-icon

12th February 2018

The IIS is delighted to announce the release of the first book in the World of Islam series – in print, e-book and audiobook formats. 

6th November 2017
In this short interview, Dr Daniel Beben discusses hagiographical literature produced between the 14th and 19th centuries which reflect the acceptance and establishment of Nasir-i Khusraw within the Sufi traditions of Central Asia. The particular focus of the converation is an account found in a previously unstudied source: the Jami‘ al-salasil of Majd al-Din ‘Ali Badakhshani.
1st February 2018

 

Emerging from a period of long seclusion, the leader of the burgeoning community of Ismaili Shi'i Muslims was declared the first Fatimid Imam-caliph in the year 909. Abd Allah al- Ithna‘ashari Shi‘ism , the mahdi refers specifically to the hidden Imam. ">Mahdi founded the only sustained Shi'i dynasty (909-1171) to rule over substantial parts of the medieval Muslim world, rivalling both the Umayyads of Spain and the Abbasids. At its peak, the Fatimid Empire extended from the Atlantic shores of North Africa, across the southern Mediterranean and down both sides of the Red Sea, covering also Mecca and Medina.

15th January 2018
In this short interview, Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi shares his reflections on how the teachings of Imam Ali could inspire an intellectual and rationale engagement with the Qu’ran, leading to a fuller and richer understanding of the religious experience.
11th January 2018

The Institute of Ismaili Studies participated in the Annual Conference of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA), a leading international academic organisation promoting research on the Muslim world.

8th January 2018

In this insightful book, M. Ali Lakhani examines how the ideas and actions of the current Ismaili Imaminfo-icon, and fourth Aga Khaninfo-icon, Prince Karim al-Hussaini, provide an Islamic response to the challenges that face Muslims in the modern era.

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