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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.