Applications for STEP 2024 entry now open

The Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) is for practising and prospective teachers wishing to embark on a career in teaching within the wider Aga Khan network of institutions, with a particular focus on teaching The Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Secondary Curriculum at the Ismaili Religious Education Centres (RECs) to students aged 11-16.

Student voices: A journey of love

GPISH graduate and Farhad Daftary scholarship recipient Farhan Feroz Ali talks about his experience as a student at IIS.

European IIS Alumni AGM focuses on Migration, Refugees and Muslim Diaspora

The European Chapter Group of the IIS Alumni Association recently organised their Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023 centred on Migration, Refugees and Muslim Diaspora.

Members of the IIS Alumni's European Chapter Group in the Atrium of the Aga Khan Centre, London

About us

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) was established in 1977 as an academic institution of higher education dedicated to the study of Islam, with a particular focus on its Ismaili and broader Shi‘i traditions.

Discover our research

Research at the IIS seeks to contribute to the field of Islamic studies in general, with a particular focus on Shi ‘i and Ismaili studies.

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The IIS publishes works by its own scholars as well as from the academic community outside the Institute.


Launch of IIS Digital Curriculum promotional video

The Department of Curriculum Studies is pleased to launch a three-minute promotional video to raise awareness and promote the IIS Digital Curriculum (IISDC) e-book platform.

An image of the screen of log in for the IIS Digital curriculum

Student voices: Transcending the comfort zone

As he approaches the start of his second year of the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities, Aqil Visram is reflecting on his journey so far, and the year ahead.

IIS student Aqil Visram in front of the Toronto skyline
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Student voices: The many languages of connection

Some reflection and a poem by Mahek Malik Khoja

A young lady sat on a bench in a London square with grass and fallen leaves behind her