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Dr Fahmida Suleman
Kalila wa Dimna
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopaedia, Vol. II, p. 432-433, ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Professor Karim Karim
Whose Memory? Re-thinking Orientalist and Occidental Conceptualisations of ‘Islamic Art’.

This is an edited version of an article that was written for the IIS Alumni Newsletter 2012.

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Professor Azim Nanji
A Changing Religious Landscape: Perspectives on the Muslim Experience in North America
This is an edited version of an article that appeared as The Cultural and Religious Heritage: Perspectives on the Muslim Experience in 'Religious Conscience, the State and the Law: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Significance', pp. 224-238.ed. John McLaren and Harold Coward, Albany: State University of New York in 1999. More


Professor Azim Nanji
A Convocation of Birds
This is an edited version of a Baccalaureate Address given at Stanford University Commencement Weekend, June 17, 1995. More


Professor Ricardo L Castro
A Reflection on Art and Architecture
This is an edited version of an article that was originally published in The Ismaili Canada Issue 1, pp. 6-7 in 2008. More


Mr Shams Vellani
Address during the Welcome and Conference opening ceremony
This is an edited version of an address given during the welcome and conference opening ceremony of the International Charity Law Comparative Seminar, Beijing, China, October 12 - 14, 2004. More


Institute Of Ismaili Studies
Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN): An Ethical Framework
This is an introduction to the work of the Aga Khan Development Network prepared by The Institute of Ismaili Studies in 2000. More


Professor K.K. Aziz
Aga Khan III: A Study in Humanism
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK Supplement pp. 1-4 in July 1998. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Al-Azhar
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopaedia, Vol. I, p. 84-85, ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Mr Mohamed Keshavjee
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Its Resonance in Muslim Thought and Future Directions
This is an edited version of a speech presented as part of the Ismaili Centre Lecture Series held at The Ismaili Centre London in 2002. More


Dr Alnoor Dhanani
Andalusia, the Shrine of the Revealed Faiths
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili USA in 2003. More


Approaches to the Qur’an
Dr Shainool Jiwa
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in December 2003. More


Mr Mohamed Keshavjee
Arbitration and Mediation in the Shi‘a Imami Ismaili Muslim Community
This is an edited version of a talk presented as part of the 4th International Conference of the World Mediation Forum held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 10, 2003. More


Dr Farhad Daftary
Assassin
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopaedia, Vol. I, p. 72-73, ed. Josef W. Meri  published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Dr Shiraz Thobani
Between Anxiety and Hope: Education in Troubled Times
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili Canada pp. 4-6 in March 2004. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Beyond the Clash of Civilizations
This is an edited version of an address given at the University of Waterloo in 2001. More


Dr Amyn B Sajoo
Beyond The Exotic: The Pleasures of ‘Islamic’ Art
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in 2001. More


Dr Fahmida Suleman
Ceramics
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopaedia, Vol. I, p. 72-73, ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Professor Karim H Karim
Citizenship in Muslim-Majority States
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Pakistan (CRRP Insights) an initiative of the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development in October 2003. More


Dr Amyn B Sajoo
Civil Imagination after September 11, 2001
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili USA pp. 38-40 in March, 2005. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Combating Religious Intolerance: A Perspective from Muslim Contexts
This is an edited version of a transcript of a lecture delivered to the World Affairs Group at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution on 19 March 2007. More


Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Contemplation and Nature in the Perspective of Sufism
This is an edited version of a chapter that first appeared in Islamic Life and Thought, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, pg 200, June 1981, SUNY Press NY, U.S.A. More


Mr Alnoor Merchant
Documents of History, Symbols of Authority: The Coinage of the Fatimids
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in 2003. More


Professor Paul E Walker
Eternal Cosmos and the Womb of History: Time in Early Ismaili Thought
This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 9, No.3, Cambridge University Press, Oct 1978, pp 355-366. More


Dr Tazim R Kassam
Ethics and Aesthetics in Islamic Arts
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili USA, pp.5-7 in March 2006. More


Mr Hasan Al-Khoee
Ethics in Action: The Role of Waqf in Early Muslim Society
This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in issues of The Ismaili magazine in December 2010 and March 2011. More


Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov
Evolution of the Shi‘a Ismaili Tradition in Central Asia
This is an edited version of an article originally published in The Ismaili UK in 2002. More


Mr Mohamed Keshavjee - PhD (London)
Family Mediation in the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim Community – Institutional Structures, Training and Practice
This is an edited version of a speech presented at the Seventh European Conference on Family Law – International Family Mediation, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France on 16 March 2009. More


Professor Hermann Landolt
Farid al-Din ‘Attar
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 78-80, ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Dr Farhad Daftary
Dr Faquir M Hunzai
Free Will in Isma‘ili Shi‘sm
This is an edited version of an encyclopaedia entry that appeared in Encyclopaedia Iranica, Vol. X, Ed., Ehsan Yarshater, Bibliotheca Persica Press, New York, pp. 202-205 in 1999. More


Dr Nader El-Bizri
Ibn al-Haytham or Alhazen
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopaedia, Vol. II, p. 343-345, ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Professor Hermann Landolt
Illuminationism
This is an edited version of an article that was originally published in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopaedia, Vol. I, p. 409-411, ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Imam Husayn Ibn ‘Ali
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopaedia, Vol. I, p. 72-73, ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi
Intellect and Religion, East and West
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in 2002. More


Dr Farhad Daftary
Introduction to The Assassin Legends
This is an edited version of the introduction to The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Isma‘ilis published by I.B. Tauris London in 1994. More


Institute Of Ismaili Studies
Introductory Notes on the Quran
This is an an article produced by the Institute of Ismaili Studies in 2004. More


Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary
Islam’s Reformist Tradition
This is an edited version of an article written by Abdou Filali-Ansary then Director of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations of Aga Khan University London in 2004. More


Minaz Kerawala
Islam: Monolith or Mosaic?
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK pp. 38-43 in December 2006. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Islamic Ethics
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in A Companion to Ethics, pp. 106-118, Ed. Peter Singer published by Blackwells Oxford in 1991. More


Dr Farhad Daftary
Ismaili Studies: A Summary Review
This is an edited version of an article originally published as 'Ismaili Studies: Antecedents and Modern Developments' in the The International Institute for Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) Newsletter in 2002. More


Dr Farhad Daftary
Ismaili Studies: Background and Modern Developments
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in 2004. More


Dr Farhad Daftary
Ismailis
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 403-406, ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Ismailism
This is an edited version of a chapter from Islamic Spirituality: Foundations, Ed. Seyyed Hossein Nasr Routledge & Keegan Paul Ltd London pp. 179-198 in 1987. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Ka‘ba or Kaaba
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 429-431, ed. Josef W. Meri published on Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Dr Aziz Esmail
Keynote Address at ‘Intellectual Traditions in Islam’ Seminar
This is an edited version of a keynote adress for a seminar held at the University of Cambridge, 14th August 1994. It also appeared as the Introduction to Farhad Daftary’s (ed.) Intellectual Traditions in Islam, pp. 1-16 published by I. B. Tauris London in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies in 2000. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Learning and Education
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Muslim Almanac, Ed. Azim Nanji, pp.409-419 published by Gale Research Inc. Detroit, MI in 1996. More


Professor Karim H Karim
Light Upon Light: Inside Ottawa’s Spectacular New Landmark - The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
This is an edited version of an article that was originally published in the Ottawa Magazine in 2009. More


Dr Sami Hamarneh
Medicine and Pharmacy under the Fatimids
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Ilm, Vol. 9, No.2, pp 24-26 in 1985. More


Dr Mohamed Keshavjee
Multiculturalism and the Challenges it poses to Legal Education and Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Situation of British Muslims
This is an edited version of an address given at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, United Kingdom on May 6, 2004. More


Mr Karim Jiwani
Muslim Spaces of Piety and Worship
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in March 2006. More


Wladimir A Ivanow
My First Meeting with the Ismailis in Persia
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Ilm Vol. 3, No.3, pp.16-17 in December 1977. More


Mr Alnoor Merchant
Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and Astronomy
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in the IIS update in 2010. More


Mr Kutub Kassam
Nasir Khusraw: a Living Tradition
This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in a booklet The Expressions of the Pamir, published by The Institute of Ismaili Studies in 2000. More


Dr Alice C Hunsberger
Nasir Khusraw: A Portrait of the Persian Poet, Traveller and Philosopher
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Nasir Khusraw, The Ruby of Badakhshan: A Portrait of the Persian Poet, Traveller and Philosopher pp. 1-16, published by I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies in 2000. More


Dr Alice C Hunsberger
Nasir Khusraw: Fatimid Intellectual
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in In F. Daftary (ed.) Intellectual Traditions in Islam, London published by I. B. Tauris in association with the IIS in 2000. More


Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov
Nasir Khusraw: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - An Introduction
This is an edited version of an introduction that appeared in a volume of articles devoted to Nasir Khusraw’s millennium commemoration, entitled Nasir Khusraw: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow published by the IIS London in 2005. More


Professor Ali S Asani
On Muslims Knowing the 'Muslim' Other: Reflections on Pluralism and Islam
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in 'Muslims in the United States: Identity, Influence, Innovation; Proceedings of Conferences sponsored by the Division of US Studies', edited by Philippa Strum at theWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2005. More


Professor Ali S Asani
On Pluralism, Intolerance, and the Qur’an
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The American Scholar, Volume 71, no. 1, pp. 52-60 in 2002. More


Mr Shams Vellani
Philanthropy In Islam
This is an edited version of an address given during the first session of International Charity Law Comparative Seminar in Beijing, China in October 2004. More


Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi
Pluralism and the Qur’an
This is an edited version of extracts from speeches delivered by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at Milad al-Nabi Celebrations held in Atlanta and San Francisco, USA, in 2007. It first appeared in The Ismaili, USA, 2008. More


Professor Karim H Karim
Pundits, Pachyderms and Pluralism: The Never-ending Debate on Multiculturalism
This is an edited version of the text of the UBC-Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture delivered on June 20, 2007 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. It was broadcast on the Ideas program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio One on June 26, 2007.It was then published in the Canadian Journal of Communication Vol. 34 (4), pp. 701-710 in 2009. More


Mr Alnoor Merchant
Reflections on Preserving Ismaili Heritage
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK, pp. 46-51 in December 2004. More


Dr Mohamed Keshavjee
Reflective Learnings From The Training Programmes Of The Ismaili Muslim Conciliation And Arbitration Boards, Globally
This is an edited version of a paper that was presented at the 5th International conference of the World Mediation Forum in Crans-Montana, Switzerland on Thursday 8th September 2005. More


Mr Arif Jamal
Relating Law and Ethics
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK, No. 39, pp 10-11 in July 2000. More


Mr Shams Vellani
Religion and Globalisation: Perspectives for the New Millennium
This is an edited version of an address given at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, Lisbon, Portugal in 2001. More


Professor Karim H Karim
Ms Faiza Hirji
Religion and State in a Pluralist Nation: Policy Challenges in Contemporary Canadian Society
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in ‘Religious Diversity and Canada’s Future', Association for Canadian Studies in Winter 2008. More


Professor Annemarie Schimmel
Rumi and the Symbols used by him
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Ilm, Vol. 7, No.3,  pg. 29-31 Dec. 81-Feb 1982. More


Professor Azim Nanji
Shi‘i Ismaili Interpretations of the Holy Qur’an
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Selected Proceedings of the International Congress for the Study of the Qur’an, pp.39-49 in 1980. More


Professor Wilferd Madelung
Social Legislation in Surat al-Ahzab
This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in the Proceedings of the 25th Congress of L’Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants in 2013. More


Professor Karim H Karim
Striving Towards Leadership
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in the second issue of The Ismaili Canada in December 2009. More


Dr Sheila Canby
Sufis, Shahs, and Shi‘is: Shrines of the Safavids, 1500-1650 CE
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili USA pp 68-69 in December 2008. More


Professor Godefroid De Callataÿ
The Classification of the Sciences according to the Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’
This is an edited version of a paper delivered at The Institute of Ismaili Studies London in 2003. More


Dr Aziz Esmail
The Institute of Ismaili Studies: The Intellectual Issues of the Decade
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK Supplement No. 1, pp. 1-8 in July 1992. More


Mr Shams Vellani
The Institutions of the Ismaili Muslim Community
This is an edited version of a talk given at “The Muslim Religion and Cultural Evolution of the Islamic World” Conference, Arrabida Convent, Portugal in 2001. More


Mr Mohamed Keshavjee
The Ismaili Alternative Dispute Resolution Training Programmes and the Potential for New Directions in Mediation
This is an edited version of a speech presented to the members of the Judiciary of British Columbia and the members of the Canadian Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Boards at the Ismaili Centre at Burnaby, British Columbia in Canada on 2 December 2006. More


Dr Farhad Daftary
The Mediaeval Ismailis of the Iranian Lands
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Studies in Honour of Clifford Edmund Bosworth Vol.II The Sultan's Turret: Studies in Persian and Turkish Culture pp. 43-81 published by Brill: Leiden, Boston, Koln in 2000 More


Mr Jan Van Belle
The Music of Tajik Badakhshan
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK, No. 33, pp. 18-19 in December 1998. More


Dr Mohamed Keshavjee
The Philosophy of Mediation: Questions and Responses from Diverse Parts of the World and Especially from the Islamic Tradition
This is an edited version of a paper presented at the 3rd European Conference on Mediation “Mediation and Civil Society in Europe – Towards a new mindset” at Bourg la Reine, France in 2010. More


Professor Karim H Karim
The Quest for Excellence: Towards a Cultural Renaissance?
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in 2000. More


Dr Mahmoud M Ayoub
The Qur'an in Muslim Life and Practice
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Muslim Almanac Ed. Azim Nanji published by Gale Research Inc. Detroit, MI, p.355-364 in 1996. More


Dr Aziz Esmail
The Role of the Institute of Ismaili Studies
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in 2000. More


Professor Azim Nanji
The Shi‘a Ismaili Muslims: An Historical Context
This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in the publication Spirit and Life: A Catalogue of the Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum published by The Aga Khan Trust for Culture to accompany the exhibition Spirit & Life at The Ismaili Centre, London in 2007. More


Professor Mohammed Arkoun
The State, the Individual, and Human Rights: A Contemporary View of Muslims in a Global Context
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Muslim Almanac: The Reference Work on History, Faith and Culture, and Peoples of Islam published by Gale Research Inc. in 1995. More


Dr Isabel Miller
Timurids
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Medieval Islamic Civilization, An Encyclopaedia, Vol. II, pp. 812-813, Ed. Josef W. Meri published by Routledge New York-London in 2006. More


Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov
Understanding Teaching in Post-Soviet, Rural, Mountainous Tajikistan: Case Studies of Teachers’ Life and Work
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The Ismaili UK in 2002. More


Dr Valérie Gonzalez
Universality and Modernity of Ibn al-Haytham’s Thought and Science
An abridged version of this article with an introduction by Professor Azim Nanji appeared under the title Universality and Modernity in The Ismaili UK pp. 50-53 in December 2002. More


Minaz Kerawala
What is Islamic Art?
This is an edited version of an article that was originally published in The Ismaili UK pp 50-51 in March 2005. More


Mr Shams Vellani
What is the Contribution of Religions to Peace?
This is an edited version of the transcript of remarks made at the XIIIth International Meeting of Peoples and Religions in Lisbon, Portugal in 2000. More


Dr Aziz Esmail
Why History?
This is an edited version of an article that first appeared in Africa Ismaili pp. 20-27 in 1970. More


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