Ismaili Texts and Translations: an Interview with the Series Editor

The Ismaili Texts and Translations series aims to produce critical editions of Ismaili texts, together with English translations and contextualising introductions, which are essential for further progress in the field of Ismaili studies.

New Timeline Tracks 45 Years of IIS

For 11 July, which marks 65 years since our founder, His Highness the Aga Khan, acceded to the Imamat, we are launching a new online timeline tracing 45 years of The Institute of Ismaili Studies.

IIS Launches New Website

The IIS Department of Communications and Development is delighted to announce the launch of the new IIS website, which benefits from a complete redesign and the addition of several exciting new features.

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.

Explore our publications

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


IIS Hosts Conference on Mu’tazilism and the Qur’an

The IIS hosted the first ever conference on Mu’tazilism, one of the earliest Islamic schools, and the Qur'an on 22 July at the Aga Khan Centre and online.


GPISH Student Selected for UN Faith for Earth Coalition

IIS GPISH student Sobia Ibrahim has been appointed to the Youth Council of the Faith for Earth Coalition, a partnership between the United Nations Environment Program and people of faith seeking to address climate change and environmental issues.

Patterns of Wisdom in Safavid Iran: The Philosophical School of Isfahan and the Gnostic of Shiraz

Watch this event celebrating the friendship, scholarship and academic achievements of late IIS research associate Dr Janis Esots, and marking the launch of his posthumous book, Patterns of Wisdom in Safavid Iran: The Philosophical School of Isfahan and the Gnostic of Shiraz.