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15th May 2019
Watch this video to follow the eventful journey of the first Aga Khan from Persia to the Indian Subcontinent. View maps of his travels, the different locations where he resided and his interactions with the various political authorities of the time.
16th May 2019

Shedding light on this understudied, yet significant period in Ismaili history, the joint Editors of The First Aga Khaninfo-icon: Memoirs of the 46th Ismaili Imaminfo-icon, Dr Daniel Beben and Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor, gave insightful presentations and discussed the remarkable life and career of the 46th hereditary Ismaili Imam - Hasan Ali Shah - during a book launch event on 1 May at the Aga Khan Centre.

9th May 2019

In honour of the late Professor Annemarie Schimmel, IIS held its annual memorial lecture on 29 April, entitled Paradise Found: ʿAyn al-Quḍāt on Qur’anic Origins which was delivered by Professor Mohammed Rustom.

Professor Richard Taylor proposes to reconceptualise the Kalām fī maḥḍ al-khayr as a work conceived as a supplement to the (Plotinian) “Theology of Aristotle” in which portions of Proclus are used to explicate further the cosmological metaphysics of “Aristotle”.

29th April 2019

On 11 April, author Ali Lakhani gave audiences at the Ismaili Centre, London, fresh insights into his latest book Faith and Ethics: The Vision of the Ismaili Imamatinfo-icon

In this talk, Dr Maria De Cillis - through references to her translation and analytical commentary of the eighth chapter of the Riyāḍ, which is dedicated to the issue of divine preordination and human redemption - will highlight al-Kirmānī’s theologically distinctive interpretation of the qaḍāʾ wa’l-qadarinfo-icon (divine decree and destiny) question. 

24th April 2019

This article explores gender and spiritual hierarchy in the writings of three prominent Fatimid Isma‘ili thinkers who interpret verses of the Qur'an on the outward (zahirinfo-icon) and inner (batininfo-icon) levels. 


18th April 2019

On 13 April 2019, twenty-eight students graduated from the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) at The Ismaili Centre, London.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies is pleased to invite you to the book Launch of The First Aga Khaninfo-icon, Memoirs of the 46th Ismaili Imaminfo-icon on Monday 29 April 2019 at 5pm (GMT) at Aga Khan Centre, London.

8th April 2019

This book offers a new Persian edition and the first English translation of the Ibrat-afza, the memoirs of Ḥasan Alī Shah, the 46th Imaminfo-icon of the Nizari Ismailis and the first Ismaili Imam to bear the title of Aga Khaninfo-icon. The Ibrat-afza was composed in the year 1851, following the Imam’s departure from Persia and his permanent settlement in India.