The purpose of the conference is to celebrate and commemorate the 95th anniversary of the magnificent writer Chingiz Aitmatov with his friends, colleagues and people who knew and admired his work at Aga Khan Centre.Read more
In this event the IIS pays tribute to Prof. Wilferd Madelung (1930-2023) and honours his life and contribution to Islamic Studies in general and Ismaili Studies in particular. Scholars from around the globe, both in person and online, will present their testimonials and discuss Prof. Madelung’s legacy.
Join us at the launch event at the Aga Khan Centre, London, with author Dr Alessandro Cancian (IIS) in conversation with Dr Omar Ali-De Unzaga (IIS), Professor Sajjad Rizvi (University of Exeter) and Professor Walid Saleh (University of Toronto).
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.