Fifteen Members of the Class of 2004 and 180 alumni of the Institute’s varied programmes were honoured at a graduation ceremony at Le Meridien Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the afternoon of October 19, 2003. In attendance were over 1,600 guests including the Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Governors, His Highness the Aga Khan.
A collection of books, belonging to the late Annemarie Schimmel, which deal with aspects of Indo-Muslim culture, including Urdu and Sindhi languages and literatures, has been donated to the Institute’s Library in her memory. The volumes, which were part of her personal library, will supplement the Institute’s current collection of printed materials and be dedicated to the late scholar as the Annemarie Schimmel Memorial Reference Collection.
Professor Mohammed Arkoun was honoured with the Seventeenth Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award in Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles on May 10-11, 2002. The award, honouring his career of more than 30 years, celebrated his humanistic vision of Islam and his lifelong critique of the theoretical tensions embedded in the field of Islamic Studies.
The Graduate Studies Department of The Institute of Ismaili Studies in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Centre for Asian and African Literatures and the School of Oriental and African Studies' Centre of South Asian Studies organised a one-day conference entitled, “Literature and the South Asian Communities of East Africa” on March 21, 2003. The seminar gathered creative writers and scholars working in Britain who are engaged with literature written by and about the Asian communities of East Africa.
The Fatimids and their Successors in Yaman, an Arabic edition and English summary of volume 7 of Idris ‘Imad al-Din’s ‘Uyun al-akhbar by Ayman Fu’ad Sayyid, is the fourth publication in the Institute’s Ismaili Text and Translation Series. Available for the first time, this volume is the principal source for the history of the Fatimid da’wa in Yemen during the time of the Sulayhid dynasty.
Class of 2002 students, who recently returned from their pre-programme coursework at the University of Edinburgh, were introduced to the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities and welcomed to the Institute of Ismaili Studies during Orientation Week at the end of September .
"British-Iranian Business News" – a newspaper for Iranians in Britain, interviewed Dr. Farhad Daftary, Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. In the interview Dr. Daftary talked about his experience as a scholar and writer. He also shared his personal reflections on the Ismaili community and activities of the Institute.
Project Tajikistan at the IIS, in association with the Ismaili Council and ITREB USA, presented this multi-dimensional programme in seven American cities. The programme, inaugurated in Atlanta in February 1999, travelled to Dallas, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Thousands of visitors viewed the exhibition and performances.