The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is the IIS affiliated with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)?
  2. How can one participate in the programmes of the IIS?
  3. How can books published by the IIS be acquired?
  4. What is the makeup of the IIS faculty?
  5. Does the IIS provide academic support for research on themes related to Ismaili studies?
  6. Is the IIS a degree-awarding institution?
  7. Does the IIS offer any correspondence courses?
  8. Where could one get more information on the Ismailis?
  9. How can one get more information about the IIS?

1. How is the IIS affiliated with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)?

There is no direct structural linkage between the IIS and the agencies of the AKDN. However, the IIS does provide academic support and intellectual input, as and when requested to do so, to the programmes and activities of the AKDN agencies. Further, the IIS periodically collaborates with AKDN agencies, for example the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan University, on specific initiatives.
 
 

2. How can one participate in the programmes of the IIS?

Some of the programmatic initiatives of the IIS are specifically designed to address the educational or human-resource development needs within the world-wide Ismaili community. Apart from those programmes, the activities and output of the IIS (public seminars, research scholarships, fellowships, publications, etc.) are accessible to all those who are interested in areas related to the Institute's research interests.

 

3. How can books published by the IIS be acquired?

Publications of the IIS may be acquired by contacting the relevant publishers. The bulk of the Institute's academic publications may be obtained through I.B. Tauris and Cambridge University Press. Their full names and addresses are as follows:

I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
6 Salem Road
London W2 4B
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7243 1225
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7243 1226
Website: http://www.ibtauris.com/
Cambridge University Press
The Edinburgh Building
Shaftesbury Road
Cambridge
CB2 8RU
United Kingdom
Phone +44 (0)1223 312393
Fax +44 (0)1223 315052
Email information@cambridge.org
Web www.cambridge.org/uk
 
 
Orders may be placed online at the website URL indicated above. Further information about other office locations and bookstores is also available on the publishers’ websites. In addition, many of the IIS publications are available online at http://www.amazon.com/ and http://www.amazon.co.uk/.
 
 

4. What is the makeup of the IIS faculty?

The IIS faculty comprises scholars from various traditions, cultures, nationalities and religious persuasions. Intellectual excellence and a background in relevant scholarship are the main criteria for appointment.

 

5. Does the IIS provide academic support for research on themes related to Ismaili studies?

The IIS offers a limited number of Research Fellowships each year. For further information on these please view relevant pages on this website under Research and Publications. In addition, the Institute also offers limited support, both academic and financial, to some graduate and postgraduate students whose area of research is closely connected with the Institute’s research interests. Students planning to enter fields of interest to the IIS are encouraged to get in touch with the Institute early on in their research programme. For further details, please contact Julia Kolb in the Department of Academic Research and Publications at +44 (0)207756 2700 or via e-mail at darp@iis.ac.uk.

 

6. Is the IIS a degree-awarding institution?

The IIS is a research institute and does not at present award any academic degrees of its own. However, the Institute does collaborate with a number of reputed institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom in offering graduate-level academic programmes. Upon completion of requisite courses and fulfilment of other university requirements, students receive academic credentials from these universities.

 

7. Does the IIS offer any correspondence courses?

No. The IIS does not at present offer any correspondence courses.

 

8. Where can one get more information on the Ismailis?

This website provides some information on the Ismailis. There are several other sources of information on this topic, including books, academic articles as well as lifelong learning articles. The following are some examples:

The Ismailis: Their History and Doctrine
ISBN: 0 521 37019 1 (HB)

A Short History of the Ismailis
ISBN: 0 748 60904 0 (HB)

 

9. How can one get more information about the IIS?

Apart from the IIS Overview, further information about the IIS may be obtained by contacting the Institute at +44 (0) 20 7756 2700 or using the Contact Us page.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies - Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: 8/17/2010 18:23