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In our learning and teaching strategy we strive to inspire and celebrate the attainment of excellence in our learning and teaching practice, and the extent to which these experiences equip our students to fulfill their aspirations as both learners and citizens. We respect individual learning preferences and styles, and seek to offer greater choice and flexibility within our programmes. We seek to reach beyond minimal requirements of disability legislation, and aspire to develop learning, teaching and assessment practices that are truly inclusive, designed to enhance learner choice and achievement.
25 Janvier 2016

Dr Farhad Daftary and Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda visited Atlanta, Austin and Houston in the USA to launch the first two publications of the Shi‘i Heritage Series. Dr Miskinzoda also visited Nairobi, Kenya, where she conducted further presentations on the Series.

21 Janvier 2016

The Ikhwan al-Safaʾ (Brethren of Purity), the anonymous adepts of a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad, hold an eminent position in the history of science and philosophy in Islam due to the wide reception and assimilation of their monumental encyclopaedia, the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safaʾ (Epistles of the Brethren of Purity). This compendium contains fifty-two epistles offering synoptic accounts of the classical sciences and philosophies of the age; divided into four classificatory parts, it treats themes in mathematics, logic, natural philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, and theology, in addition to didactic fables.

The IIS-ISMC Joint Library in Central London warmly invites applications for a five-day workshop entitled Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies, led by world expert on Islamic manuscripts Adam Gacek.

The primary focus of the workshop is to provide an overview of writing supports and structures of Islamic manuscripts, bookbinding and decoration, scripts, as well as composition and transmission of texts. The last day will feature a hands-on session where participants will be able to examine rare manuscripts from the Institutes’ collections under the supervision of the instructors.

The workshop is open to suitably qualified academics, scholars and students.  

The deadline for applications is March 4, 2016.

The fee for the five-day workshop is £500, with an early bird discount of £50 for bookings received by Friday 29 February 2016.

Applicants should email Walid Ghali at with their affiliation and contact details.  Payment will be required by bank transfer on successful registration.

14 Janvier 2016

Javdan-nama (also known as Javdan-nama-ye kabir or Javdan-nama-ye elahi), the major work of Fadhl-Allah Astarabadi (d. 1394; q.v.), the founder of the Hurufi movement. The title, which can be translated from Persian either as the “Eternal Book” or as the “Book of Eternity”, has been transcribed here as Javdan and not Javidan (although this latter form is more current in Persian and is often used in contemporary literature on the Hurufisinfo-icon), because early Hurufi authors mostly use the form without the “ya” between the “waw” and the “dal”.

19 Janvier 2016
In this 21 min interview, Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov provides an insight into the Hurufis, a mystical and messianic current that became particularly active in Iran and Anatolia following the end of Mongol rule. Dr Mir-Kasimov sheds light on the history of the Hurufi movement and its founder Fadlallah Astarabadi (d. 796 AH/1394 CE), and contextualises the seminal Hurufi text by Fadaallah, Javdan-Nama-yi Kabir ('Great Book of Eternity'), within Islamic intellectual history. Words of Power is the first comprehensive study Javdan-Nama, illuminating the contemporary reconfiguration of religious and political authority along messianic and charismatic lines that took place in the Islamic East, which arguably contributed to the rise and consolidation of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal dynasties.
7 Janvier 2016

The main aim of the publication is to explain how interpreters of the Qur’aninfo-icon have used the actual words of the text to articulate different views and interpretations.

22 décembre 2015

The IIS continued its programme of book launch events and scholar visits in the latter half of 2015, reaching more than 1,500 people across eight countries.  Attendees to these events included diplomats, academics and students from leading global universities, as well as members of the Ismaili community in Canada, India, Kenya, Portugal, Tajikistan, the UK and the USA.