• The Muslim calendar is enriched by festivals observed by the ummainfo-icon as a whole, such as Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. Some occasions, like Eid al-Ghadir, are commemorated by the Shiainfo-icon in particular, and others, like the Salgirah of the Imaminfo-icon-of-the-Time, are celebrated expressly by the Ismailis.
    In this unique and personal account, Shiraz Kabani takes us on a journey of celebration and self-reflection. Relating accounts of festivals from his own lived experience as an Ismaili, the author shares some of his most compelling memories, questions and insights. We learn about his days as an inquisitive schoolboy in Pakistan, as well as his more recent experiences as a well-travelled alwaez, including late-night contemplative drives across Texas on Laylat al-Qadr, and vibrant Imamatinfo-icon Day festivities in the heart of London. Through these lively stories and reflections, Ismaili Festivals: Stories of Celebration presents a novel approach to these auspicious occasions and their traditions, highlighting just how powerful they are in uniting and reaffirming the identity of the diverse global Jamatinfo-icon.
  • Introduction

    1. Nawruz and the Celebration of Diversity

    2. Eid al-Adha and the Spirit of Sacrifice

    3. Expressions of Piety in Ramadan and on Eid al-Fitr

    4. Honouring the Prophet’s Life and Legacy on Milad al-Nabi

    5. Laylat al-Qadr and the Search for Enlightenment

    6. Mir‘aj and the Quest for the Divine

    7. Yaum-i Ali and the Alid Tradition

    8. Commemorating the Event of Ghadir Khumminfo-icon

    9. Imamatinfo-icon Day and the Spiritual Leadership of Hazar Imaminfo-icon

    10. Celebrating the Life and Work of Mawlana Hazar Imam on his Salgirah


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  • Dr. Shiraz Kabani

    Dr Shiraz Kabani joined The Institute of Ismaili Studies in September 1999. After serving as Executive Officer (1999-2000), Head of Resource Development and Communications (2000-2005), Head of Operations, Finance & Development (2005-2011), and Secretary to the Board of Governors (1999-2013), he now heads the Department of Community Relations. This department principally serves as a centre for human resource development through episodic programmes and continuing professional development for various constituencies, especially those affiliated with the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education...Read more