A one day seminar entitled, ‘Moses Maimonides: Bridging the Divide,’ was held at University College London on June 19th to commemorate the 800th year anniversary of the death of the Jewish religious thinker Maimonides and to celebrate his legacy to the Jewish and Muslim world. Dr Alnoor Dhanani , Head of Graduate Studies , presented a paper at this seminar on ‘Revisiting Maimonides’ Critique of kalam’ to a multi-faith audience.
Modern Muslim Intellectuals and the Qur’an , edited by Dr Suha Taji-Farouki was launched on May 27 2004 at the Ismaili Centre, London. The volume examines the writings of Muslim authors from throughout the Muslim world and the West, who employ contemporary critical methods to understand the Qur’an.
Two students from the Institute’s Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities presented at the second international Women as Global Leaders Conference hosted by Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE from March 12-14. Sehreen Noor Ali and Farrah Musani presented a paper entitled “Ismaili Muslim Women as Public Leaders in Canadian Government and Politics” as part of a panel on women and political participation.
Paradise of Submission: A Medieval Treatise on Ismaili Thought, edited and translated by S.J. Badakhchani is the fifth among the Institute’s Ismaili Texts and Translations Series. It is a new Persian edition and English translation of Rawda-yi taslim, the only doctrinal work of the early Nizari Ismailis to have survived the Mongol invasions of Iran in the mid-7th AH /13th century CE.
Now in its 4th year, the Institute’s annual programme was held at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge from 13-21 August 2005. The 39 participants, selected from a large number of applicants, represented 15 countries and came from diverse academic backgrounds ranging from medicine to finance and engineering.
Ismailis in Medieval Muslim Societies is a collection of previously published essays by Dr Farhad Daftary that examine various aspects of Ismaili history and thought in medieval times. It also includes a previously unpublished essay on “The Ismailis and Ismaili Studies”. The relatively brief and eminently accessible articles are intended to make this research available to readers who are not specialists in this field of study.