At the annual meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), held on 20-23 November, Dr. Yousef Meri, a Research Fellow of the Institute, organized a panel on the topic of: Defining without Confining: Reflections on Prophetic Usage of Sacred Space with Dr. Farhad Daftary as panel Chair. [See also the Institute's participation at MESA in 2003 and in previous years.]
Dr Farhad Daftary, Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications was inducted into the prestigious Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants at its 20th Congress in Budapest from the 10th - 17th September, 2000 in conjunction with the publication of Aszaszin Legendák, a Hungarian translation of The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Isma'ilis (I. B. Tauris, 1994). The 1st book in the field of Ismaili Studies ever to appear in Hungarian, the new translation by Dr István Hajnal provides a new introduction, an expanded bibliography incor
The Institute of Ismaili Studies participated in the 35th Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA), held from November 17-20, 2001 in San Francisco, California. This year marked the largest ever participation by the IIS.
The two latest publications from the IIS provide a foray into intellectual history, philosophy and art. Beauty and Islam: Aesthetics in Islamic Art and Architecture by Valérie Gonzalez and Struggling with the Philosopher: A Refutation of Avicenna’s Metaphysics by Wilferd Madelung and Tobias Mayer , published in association with I. B. Tauris, add to the Institute’s expanding list of monographs.
Professor Ersin Kalayçioglu led the ninth and final seminar as part of the Institute’s “Civil Society in Comparative Muslim Contexts” Seminar Series with an exploration of “Civic Culture in ‘Secular’ Turkey”.
As part of the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO’s “Dialogue with Arab Civilisations” programme, IIS Governor Professor Afzal Ahmed was invited to lecture and participate at the three-day Oslo-based conference, “Custodian, Creator and Communicator: Arabic Mathematics and Science in the period 700-1200”. The conference, organised by the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO in association with the Norwegian Council for Mathematics, highlighted the influence and impact of Arab mathematics and sciences in the larger medieval world.
“The Contemporary Challenge of Pluralism in the Management of Competing American Islamic Identities”
Professor Patrice Brodeur
Newly available in paperback: Make a Shield From Wisdom by Annemarie Schimmel; The Fatimids and their Traditions of Learning by Heinz Halm; Intellectual Traditions in Islam and Mediaeval Isma‘ili History and Thought, both edited by Farhad Daftary, draw attention to a wide variety of subjects - from poetry and philosophy to studies on various aspects of Ismaili history, theology and culture and are intended to reflect the diversity of Ismaili life and thought within the broader context of Islamic civilisation.
“The Good Society: An Ethical Perspective” was the title of the fifth seminar in the IIS series “Civil Society in Comparative Muslim Contexts” held on Friday May 4, 2001. Professor Azim Nanji, Director of the Institute, traced the notion of a “Good” Society to the Qur’an and the “Constitution” of Medina noting that historically Muslim societies have been engaged in a moral and ethical discourse with a view to creating the conditions for a “Good” Society.
October 2000 sees the release of 2 new IIS publications: Nasir Khusraw, The Ruby of Badakhshan: A Portrait of the Persian Poet, Traveller and Philosopher by Dr Alice C Hunsberger, and Early Shi‘i Thought: The Teachings of Imam al-Baqir by Dr Arzina Lalani. Both books, published in association with I.B. Tauris, add to the Institute's growing list of academic publications.