In the literary traditions of Islamic literatures, Imam Ali b. Abi Talib has become the protagonist of narrative events that make him the heroic prototype of the struggle between Good and Evil. This lecture will try to trace the origins of this heroic model focusing on some verses dedicated to the first Shiite Imam by the poet al-Sayyid al-Himyari.
Al-Qadi al-Nuʿman, the most prolific Fatimid jurist, was tasked with the responsibility of compiling literature that would serve as an authoritative point of reference in the burgeoning Ismaili state. It is evident that he had to have recourse to earlier hadith collections. This talk will address the historicity of these sources, how they ended up in North Africa, and what factors dictated the selection and interpretation of their material for Ismaili law and belief systems.
The notion that events bearing far-reaching consequences for the human condition took place prior to the creation of the world and of man has been a central theme in the Islamic literary tradition. This lecture seeks to demonstrate how the raw materials of this notion in Imami-Shiʿi thought were addressed, creatively interpreted and elaborated upon by thinkers of two periods: the Buwayhid (945-1055 CE) and Safavid (1501-1722 CE).
Join us for this special event celebrating the scholarship and academic achievements of our late esteemed colleague, Dr Janis Esots, and to mark the launch of his latest publication, Patterns of Wisdom is Safavid Iran: The Philosophical School of Isfahan and the Gnostic of Shiraz.