"The Department of Academic Research and Publications at the IIS is a unique place; I believe that in this department we can do wonderful things in the future by pushing ourselves to achieve even higher academic levels of scholarship. The better we manage our research, the better we will be able to promote knowledge. During my student years I was supported by the IIS and to be able to contribute back in the area of academic research, is a dream come true”- Dr Omar Alí-de-Unzaga.
The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of a new edition and English translation of Abu ‘Ali Mansur al-‘Azizi al-Jawdhari’s biography of al-Ustadh Jawdhar, the Sirat al-Ustadh Jawdhar, under the title Inside the Immaculate Portal: A History from Early Fatimid Archives.
The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of Encounters in Muslim History (Volume 1) as part of the Secondary Curriculum.
The fifth cohort of the Institute’s Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) celebrated their achievements at a graduation ceremony held at the Ismaili Centre, London, on 5th April 2014.
The IIS is pleased to announce the launch of a new Shi‘i Heritage Series of publications.
The IIS is pleased to announce the establishment of Ismaili Special Collections Unit (ISCU), an independent research unit working under the supervision of the IIS’ Co-Director, Dr. Farhad Daftary.
"An important part of the lecture was dedicated to the Qur’anic text. The Qur’an constitutes both an object of study and source material. Various sources are used in order to reconstruct the history of the Qur’anic text: epigraphic sources, manuscripts as well as later narratives".
The Institute of Ismaili Studies is pleased to announce the publication of the next volume in the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity (Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’ Series).
The Institute of Ismaili Studies is pleased to welcome Dr Janis Esots, as a Research Associate in Shi’i Studies situated in the Department of Research and Publications (DARP).
The IIS book launch programmes have continued to provide opportunities to explore the range of topics covered in IIS publications and to help participants from a wide array of backgrounds appreciate their relevance to current affairs and themes of global interest such as law, ethics and values.
The volume presents essays by emerging, established and eminent scholars in the field of Qur’anic exegesis: Karen Bauer, Stephen R. Burge, Claude Gilliot, Robert Gleave, Feras Hamza, Tariq Jaffer, Suleiman A. Mourad, Martin Nguyen, Michael E. Pregill, Andrew Rippin, Walid A. Saleh, Roberto Tottoli and Ludmila Zamah.
The IIS is pleased to launch a digital interactive map based on the Safar-nama of Nasir-i Khusraw, the renowned Persian poet and philosopher.
The IIS organised a panel presentation at the 45th Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) conference held in Washington DC, USA. The panel, entitled Fatimid Studies, continued on from the previous year’s panel, Approaches to Governance in the Fatimid Period.
Students from the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH), Class of 2012, went on educational trips to Egypt and Syria during the summer. These visits provided the students with an opportunity to better understand the past and present dynamism of Muslim societies, including the Ismailis, in these regions.