Publication

  • Shiʿi Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major world religion and civilisation. The prolific achievements of Shiʿi theologians, philosophers and others are testament to the spiritual and intellectual wealth of this community. Yet Shiʿi studies has unjustly remained a long-neglected field, despite the important contribution that Shiʿism has made to Islamic traditions. Only in recent decades, partially spurred by global interest in political events of the Middle East, have scholars made some significant contributions in this area.
     
    The Study of Shiʿi Islam presents papers originally delivered at the first international colloquium dedicated exclusively to Shiʿi studies, held in 2010 at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. Within the book are eight sections, namely, history, the Qurʾan and its Shiʿi interpretations, hadithinfo-icon, law, authority, theology, rites and rituals, and intellectual traditions and philosophy. Each section begins with an introduction contextualising the aspects of studying Shiʿi Islam particular to its theme, before going on to address topics such as the state of the field, methodology and tools, and the primary issues with which contemporary scholars of Shiʿi studies are dealing. The scope and depth here covered makes this book of special interest to researchers and students alike within the field of Islamic studies.
     
    The volume benefits from the diverse expertise of nearly 30 eminent scholars, including Mohammad Ali Amirinfo-icon-Moezzi, Meir M. Bar-Asher, Farhad Daftary, Daniel De Smet, Gerald R. Hawting, Nader El-Bizri, Etan Kohlberg, Wilferd Madelung, Andrew J. Newman, Ismail K. Poonawala, Sabine Schmidtke and Paul E. Walker.
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  • Dr. Farhad Daftary

    English
    Farhad Daftary completed his early and secondary education in Tehran, Rome, and London, before going to Washington, D.C., in 1958. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the American University there, and then continued his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, leading to a Ph.D. degree in 1971. Subsequently, Dr. Daftary held different teaching posts, and, since 1988, he has been affiliated with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where he is currently Co-Director and Head (since 1992) of the Department of Academic Research and Publications. An authority in Shi...Read more

    Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

    English
    Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda is Head of the Shiʿi Studies Unit (SSU) in the Department of Academic Research and Publications (DARP). Gurdofarid is an Alumna of the Institute’s Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH class of 2002) and the recipient of the Institute’s Doctoral Scholarship Programme. She received her BA in Oriental and African Studies (1998) and her MA in Arabic Studies (2000) from the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Gurdofarid completed her studies with a PhD in the History of the Near and Middle East and Islam...Read more