February 2018

23rd February 2018
Conservation and study of Ismaili intellectual heritage is of paramount importance to IIS. This short video provides an overview of IIS' manuscripts collections and its main priorties for their conservation and research.
23rd February 2018

The Ismaili Special Collections Unit (ISCU) organised a first of its kind symposium entitled Before the Printed Word: Texts, Scribes and Transmissions on the manuscripts housed at The Institute of Ismaili Studies.

20th February 2018

Read an essay by Professor Wilferd Madelung on the most highly esteemed book on ethics in Persian, Akhlaq-i Nasiri , Nasirean Ethics, based on the works of Nasir al-Dininfo-icon Tusi. 

15th February 2018

Recent discoveries of Fatimid artefacts, manuscripts, and archeological sites has led to a renewed scholarly insterest in exploring the history, thought and material culture of the Fatimidsinfo-icon

12th February 2018

The IIS is delighted to announce the release of the first book in the World of Islam series – in print, e-book and audiobook formats. 

6th November 2017
In this short interview, Dr Daniel Beben discusses hagiographical literature produced between the 14th and 19th centuries which reflect the acceptance and establishment of Nasir-i Khusraw within the Sufi traditions of Central Asia. The particular focus of the converation is an account found in a previously unstudied source: the Jami‘ al-salasil of Majd al-Din ‘Ali Badakhshani.
1st February 2018


Emerging from a period of long seclusion, the leader of the burgeoning community of Ismaili Shi'i Muslims was declared the first Fatimid Imam-caliph in the year 909. Abd Allah al- Ithna‘ashari Shi‘ism , the mahdi refers specifically to the hidden Imam. ">Mahdi founded the only sustained Shi'i dynasty (909-1171) to rule over substantial parts of the medieval Muslim world, rivalling both the Umayyads of Spain and the Abbasids