The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), was established in London, United Kingdom, in 1977. Today, it is recognised as the leading academic and research centre for Ismaili Studies.
With the aim of promoting scholarship of Muslim cultures and societies, the Institute’s programmes foster an exploration of the relationship of religious ideas to broader dimensions of society and culture, both past and present. In its research, the Institute focuses on areas in Islamic Studies which have received relatively little attention in scholarship to date, including Shi‘a Islam in its diverse and rich manifestations.
The IIS fulfils its objectives through academic research, teaching, publications, public lectures, colloquia and conferences, in collaboration with scholars and other institutions of higher learning. Its library houses the largest-known accessible collection of Ismaili manuscripts in the world as well as a large number of Arabic and Persian manuscripts relevant to the broader field of Islamic Studies.
The Institute offers two graduate programmes which attract students from global Ismaili communities: the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) and the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP). In addition, the IIS offers a Doctoral Scholarship Programme and other preparatory programmes for current and prospective students in different parts of the world.
The IIS also develops teaching and learning materials as part of an international programme in cultural and religious education for Ismaili Muslim students at pre-school, primary and secondary levels, as well as their teachers and parents. It aims to educate students in the heritage, history and culture of Muslim peoples.
A medium sized organisation (with approximately 100 employees), the IIS recruits talented and committed staff from a wide range of disciplines - from scholars, researchers and lecturers in Islamic Studies and related disciplines, to librarians, cataloguers and educationalists as well as professional support staff. In return, the IIS offers a stimulating and inclusive environment for its diverse workforce. Benefits include a generous holiday entitlement, defined contribution pension scheme, as well as professional development opportunities.