The Institute of Ismaili Studies

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) was established in 1977 as an academic institution of higher education. It is dedicated to the study of Islam, with a particular focus on the history, philosophy, law, and mysticism of Ismaili and broader Shi‘i intellectual and cultural heritages within the larger Muslim ummah. A core part of our mission is to preserve and study the intellectual and literary heritage of these traditions. We harness the extensive expertise of our own scholars as well as those of partner institutions to foster collaborative research and to identify and address pressing ethical and intellectual questions faced by Muslim communities around the world.

Our Institution

The IIS is made up of a culturally diverse community of staff and students. We are governed by a Board of Trustees, Board of Governors and formal committees that oversee academic and administrative matters.

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The Ismaili Community

The second-largest Shiʿa Muslim community in the world, the Ismailis are settled in over 25 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Australia.

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Our Partners

We collaborate with other institutions of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and are an active member of the Knowledge Quarter.

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A view of the AKC library from the top of AKC, with people sitting on the reception and sofas utilising the library space

Working at the Institute of Ismaili Studies