Ali S. Asani
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The recipient of several awards and grants, Professor Asani is the author of many scholarly journal and encyclopaedia articles, book chapters and several books on the devotional literatures of Muslim communities in South Asia, including the Bujh Niranjan: An Ismaili Mystical Poem (Harvard University Press, 1992), The Harvard Collection of Ismaili Literature in Indic Languages: A Descriptive Catalog and Finding Aid (Macmillan Reference, 1992), Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Popular Muslim Poetry (University of South Carolina, 1995) and his most recent book, Ecstasy and Enlightenment: The Ismaili Devotional Literatures of South Asia (I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2002). He is also the author of Let's Study Urdu: An Introductory Course (Yale University Press 2007) and Let's Study Urdu: An Introduction to the Script (Yale University Press 2007 - co-author).
Professor Asani also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, Muqarnas, Journal of the Visual Arts of the Islamic World and the Khoj Journal of South Asian Studies.