• Vellani - People of Faith
    People of Faith: Essays on a Historical and Contemporary Profile of the Ismailis
    The Institute of Ismaili Studies
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  • Showing how the Shi‛a Ismaili Muslims unite their spiritual traditions with the demands of living in the modern world according to the ethics of Islam, this collection of essays imparts good sense on topics including an overview of Shi‛i Islam, a profile of the Ismaili Jamatinfo-icon and models for contemporary living. Under the guidance of the hereditary Imaminfo-icon of the Time, Aga Khaninfo-icon IV, the Jamat embraces a rich diversity of traditions which collectively strive towards the betterment of self and society. These clearly written essays highlight the crucial Ismaili traditions of philanthropy, voluntary service and self-reliance, while touching on the activities and achievements of the institutions of the Ismaili Imamatinfo-icon.

    As a highly respected and veteran Jamati leader, who has also worked at the Institute of Ismaili Studies for over 40 years, Shams Vellani offers a unique perspective on the faith. Readers will benefit from the careful observations and keen insights shared by the author from a lifetime of service in the Ismaili community.

  • Preface 
    Shams Vellani: A Short Biography 
    1. The Ismailis: A Historical and Contemporary Profile 
    2. Shiʿi Ismaili Islam: A Brief Overview 
    3. Islam: Dīn and Dunyā 
    4. Diverse Expressions of Islamic Piety
    5. Men and Women of Faith 
    6. Wealth and Prosperity
    7. Generosity in the Service of Dīn: A Historical Overview 
    8. Generosity for Social Development 
    Appendix I: Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Institutions 
    Appendix II: Aga Khaninfo-icon Development Network (AKDN): An Ethical Framework


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