News Archives

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.

November 2004

11th November 2004

Over 120 guests, including faculty, staff and students of the Institute as well as its key supporters, commemorated the graduation of the Class of 2005 at a ceremony held at London’s Royal Geographic Society on November 27th, 2004. The students, who commenced the Institute’s Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities in September 2002, are now pursuing Masters Degrees at various UK universities.

October 2004

9th October 2004

The Institute of Ismaili Studies organised a series of events to commemorate the 1,000th birth anniversary of the poet, philosopher and traveller, Nasir Khusraw, in early September 2003. In addition to hosting a three-day international conference on Nasir Khusraw in Khorog, Tajikistan, the Institute also collaborated in the production of a play and concert, the hosting of an awards ceremony and the release of several publications in Tajik-Cyrillic.

September 2004

8th September 2004

A ‘Historical Atlas of Islam’ was published by Harvard University Press in May 2004. In this beautifully illustrated work, Dr. Malise Ruthven, in collaboration with the Institute’s Director, Professor Azim Nanji, has consolidated an eminently accessible account of various facets of Islam and Muslim societies.

July 2004

June 2004

12th June 2004

The largest ever meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA) took place in Washington, DC from November 23-26, 2002. This year's conference attracted over 2,200 participants and provided a forum to share recent scholarship as well as showcase new art and cinema focusing on the Middle East and the Muslim world. "Identity and Community in Ismaili Societies" was the theme of the Institute's panel.

9th June 2004

Muslim Ethics: Emerging Vistas by Amyn B. Sajoo is the third monograph in the Institute’s category of publications that explore specific aspects of Muslim faith and culture. The present work explores Muslim ethics in the contemporary context, investigating a wide range of themes.