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April 2009

6th April 2009

Professor Azim Nanji contributed a chapter to a coffee table book on the horticultural treasures of Asia. The book, titled Paradise Found: Journeys through Noble Gardens of Asia, was launched at the Chelsea Flower show by H R.H. Princess Alexandra as part of The Royal Hospital Chelsea’s latest fundraising initiative.

5th April 2009

During March 28th - 30th 2008 the University of Victoria hosted a remarkable conference sponsored by the International Centre for Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies (ICCMES), which brought together over 70 scholars from all over the globe, of whom nearly half were from Muslim societies. Organised around a general theme, ‘Muslim World and the West: Emerging Avenues for Convergence,’...

4th April 2009

Mohamed Keshavjee, a scholar and lawyer who also serves as a member of the Institute’s Board of Governors, spoke on the merits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) by Muslim communities as a dynamic field for the mediation of modernity and tradition. The talk was held at the Institute on 8 April 2008 as part of the series entitled, Contemporary Islam(s) and Muslims.

1st April 2009

The Department of Graduate Studies held its annual Career Pathways Seminar on 15 December, 2007. The seminar provided an opportunity for first and second year students of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) as well as recent graduates to acquaint themselves with various career options available to them upon completion of their studies.

1st April 2009

The Department of Graduate Studies held its annual Career Pathways Seminar on 15 December, 2007. The seminar provided an opportunity for first and second year students of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) as well as recent graduates to acquaint themselves with various career options available to them upon completion of their studies.

March 2009

10th March 2009

Dr Najam Abbas recently investigated Pakistani youth’s contribution to social transformation in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. During his month long fieldwork, Dr Abbas used questionnaires and focus groups to ask young people a series of questions, including whether they perceive themselves and those around them as happy, successful, optimistic or content. He contextualised these responses through interviews with local intellectuals, including educators, artists and writers.

5th March 2009

The knowledge sector is increasingly shaping the social and economic dimensions of our lives and, as a consequence, the idea of knowledge-based societies has gained popularity. To apprise the Ismaili community in the UK about the meaning, importance and dimensions of such a society, the Aga Khaninfo-icon Education Board for UK organised an event called the Knowledge Symposium.

February 2009

12th February 2009

The annual meetings of all three Chapter Groups of the IIS Alumni Association were held during the past few months. Almost one hundred alumni attended the meetings, travelling from nine countries.

10th February 2009

The latest IIS publication, Towards a Shi‘i Mediterranean Empire: Fatimid Egypt and the Founding of Cairo, explores the reign of the fourth Fatimid Imaminfo-icon-caliphinfo-icon al-Mu‘izz li-dininfo-icon Allah (r. 953-975 CE), based on the only complete history of the Fatimidsinfo-icon written by a mediaeval Sunni Muslim historian. The work by Dr Shainool Jiwa, provides a translation for the first time, of the writings of al-Maqrizi, a 15th century Mamluk scholar, on the reign of Imam-caliph al-Mu‘izz.

January 2009

10th January 2009

The Aga Khaninfo-icon University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) co-located with the IIS at 210 Euston Road in July 2009. This followed the IIS’ move in January 2009 to these premises. AKF (UK) also took up residence in the building in early September 2009.

9th January 2009

The Khujand State University in collaboration with The Institute of Ismaili Studies recently organised a book launch of Nasirian Ethics by Nasir ad-dininfo-icon Tusi, a celebrated 13th century Muslim scholar. The publication represents the first edition of the Nasirian Ethics in the Tajik language.

7th January 2009

Reza Masoudi Nejad gave a presentation on The Spatial Genealogy of the Ashurainfo-icon Ritual: an introduction on spatial evolution of Shi'i rituals at The Institute of Ismaili Studies on 2 June 2009. He has recently completed his PhD at The Bartlett, Faculty for the Built Environment at UCL.

4th January 2009

Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo was invited to speak on bioethical choices and Islam at a training session for clinicians, ethicists and counsellors, convened by the London Research Ethics Committees of the British National Health Service (NHS). Dr. Sajoo was among three scholars at the session, the others being Professors Daniel Sokol and Søren Holm, which was held in London on 19 March 2009 at the Royal Society of Medicine’s Chandos House.

September 2000

11th September 2000

“Civil Society in Comparative Muslim Contexts”, a new seminar series organised and hosted by the Institute of Ismaili Studies, will engage leading scholars in a consideration of civil society, both in principle and in practice, from Iran, Central Asia, and the Maghrebinfo-icon to Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The seminars will address the interplay of ethics, law and culture in Muslim contexts and the range of broad issues related to civil society, and will culminate in a volume of essays to be published by the Institute.

10th September 2000

Project Tajikistan of the Institute of Ismaili Studies has released Expressions of the Pamir: Music and Song, a double multimedia companion CD to the Expressions of the Pamir: Culture and Heritage of the Ismailis of Tajikistan programme, which toured 12 North American cities in 1999. The CDs contain 25 tracks, including a 13 minute extract of a soon-to-be-released video documentary.

July 2000

8th July 2000

One of the important components of study for students of the Institute's Graduate Programme is a foundation in Classical Arabic to be able to study the Holy Qur’aninfo-icon and other historical texts. This year an intensive Arabic summer programme was developed to offer IIS students an opportunity to improve their competence in the Arabic language as well as to study classical Arabic texts, and to learn about the culture and traditions of the Fatimidsinfo-icon in Cairo.

June 2000

11th June 2000

The Institute of Ismaili Studies is participating in the 34th Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA), one of the world's leading academic organizations promoting research on the Middle East and the Muslim world. This year's annual meeting, held from November 16 - 19, 2000 in Orlando, Florida, expects to draw more than 1,500 participants.

May 2000

10th May 2000

Produced by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Reflections of the Fatimidsinfo-icon is a film based on the exhibition “Treasures of Fatimid Cairo” which recently toured at L'Institut Du Monde Arabe (Paris) and at the Kunstlerhaus Museum in Vienna. The exhibition brought together a diverse range of Fatimid artefacts from around the world for the first time.

April 2000

10th April 2000

Professor Azim Nanji, Director of the IIS, was interviewed on the theme of “Paradise as a Garden” by the BBC in the roof garden of the Ismaili Centre in London. The interview discusses the important symbolism of the garden in the Islamic tradition. Especially important in this context are the natural elements of a garden: water, flowers, trees and shrubs, and birds. All of these are to be found in the roof garden of the Ismaili Centre.

March 2000

3rd March 2000

In March, the Institute held a book launch to celebrate the publication of Ismaili and Other Arabic Manuscripts by Delia Cortese. This important work forms a supplement to the 2 volume catalogue of Arabic manuscripts produced by Adam Gacek in 1984 and 1985. Delia Cortese’s catalogue lists a further 188 manuscripts. The majority of these belong to Fatimid and post-Fatimid Yemeni literature including manuscripts by significant and hitherto unknown authors from Syria.