South Asian Studies

The South Asian Studies Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies is an interdisciplinary unit promoting scholarship on the history, culture and traditions of Muslims in South Asia with particular reference to Shi’i Islam and its Ismaili traditions.

The unit aims to advance knowledge on the diverse history, doctrines and practices of Muslims in the region that constitutes present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries.

With a commitment to high-quality academic research and publication, the unit is uniquely placed to contribute to current academic debates as they relate to Islam and Muslims in South Asia and to further scholarly understanding of Satpanth history, literature, heritage and identity in order to promote critical thinking in the field of South Asian Ismaili Studies.

In addition to drawing on the expertise of in-house researchers and faculty with an interest in South Asia, the unit aims to collaborate with institutions and researchers across the world to produce publications and organise seminars, lectures and conferences which elucidate a shared vision of rigorous and critical academic enquiry.

Any inquiries for the unit can be sent to