This lecture will focus on what Abū Ya‘qūb al-Sijistānī (d.ca. 361 AH/972 CE) presents in Kitāb al-Maqālīd and Risālah al-Bāhirah on imaginal motion as the domain of Soul and Soul World. Just as much as Soul’s movement is determining how natural time and natural motion arise, Soul’s activities shape and condition what is- what is existing and coming into existence.
This event is the closing keynote address of the IIS-Cambridge workshop on the study of Islam at the end of the empire. The workshop brings together scholars of Muslim thought in order to reassess and reconsider a critical moment in the making of modern Islam: the transition from orientalism to “Islamic Studies”.
Join us for this special launch event for Command and Creation: A Shi’i Cosmological Treatise, with author Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor in lively conversation with Dr Toby Mayer, both Senior Research Associates at The Institute of Ismaili Studies.
The practice of remote ziyāra, whereby a devotee visits an imām’s tomb not through physical pilgrimage but by reciting a pilgrimage litany, appears in the earliest Twelver literature on ziyāra.
This international conference aims to progress the field of Fatimid studies, encouraging participation from established and early career scholars specialising in Fatimid lands across Bilad al-Sham, Egypt, Ifriqiya, Sicily, and other areas across the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Indian Ocean.