This interdisciplinary conference will explore the diverse trajectories and contexts of texts in Muslim societies from oral cultures to the digital age.Read more
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.
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.