This conference will take stock of the field of Ismaili studies in terms of a broad range of themes from history, literature, philosophy and the intellectual traditions of Ismailis, to topics on contemporary Ismailism.
Hear from our Head of Publications and Operations on why OA is so important, its relationship to climate justice, and the Institute’s own approach to these themes.
After having served for 34 years in leadership positions at IIS, including the past 12 years as Co-Director, Dr Farhad Daftary has decided to step down from his management roles in early January 2023. Professor Zayn Kassam has been appointed as the next Director of IIS.
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.
The IIS currently offers two graduate programmes which attract students from world-wide Ismaili communities.
IIS Short Courses are designed to introduce participants to a social, cultural and civilisational approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies, with a particular focus on Ismaili contexts.
The IIS offers various scholarship and fellowship programmes to suitable candidates with a focus on Islamic Studies or other areas of interest to the IIS.
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.
The IIS publishes works by its own scholars as well as from the academic community outside the Institute.
This was a milestone graduation as it celebrated the achievements of the first cohort of STEP and GPISH students to graduate with a master’s degree from SOAS.
By taking part in History Day, which aims to raise awareness of collections in the UK and beyond, ISCU hopes to connect new audiences with heritage material at the IIS.
Dr Farhad Daftary, IIS Co-Director, also gave a masterclass on Ismaili studies during a visit to the renowned Parisian institution in October.