Dr Zayn Kassam joins the Institute from Pomona College, a premier liberal arts college outside Los Angeles, California.
The project will seek to capture the regional, linguistic, ethnic and gender diversity of the global Jamat, as well as its various faith traditions.
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.
The IIS community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and long-time publishing partner Iradj Bagherzade.
After four decades at the IIS, educationist and academic Dr Shiraz Thobani retired as Head of the Department of Curriculum Studies in December 2022.
In this year's magazine you will find a tribute to Dr Farhad Daftary as he steps down from his management roles, an interview with our incoming director, Professor Zayn Kassam, plus many other interviews and features on IIS projects and publications.