Research at The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) seeks to contribute to the field of Islamic studies in general, with a particular focus on Shi ‘i and Ismaili studies.

Our research and publication activities are predominately housed in the Institute's Department of Academic Research and Publications (DARP), currently headed by Professor Zayn Kassam.

Our approach to research is interdisciplinary and civilisational, with a keen awareness of the range and diversity of societies and cultures in which Islam is practised today. In particular, IIS promotes research in marginalised areas of the study of Islam and its various interpretations, while also highlighting the plural heritages of Muslim communities. As part of our research mandate we offer doctoral scholarships in these areas, including the intellectual and literary expressions of Shi ‘i Islam, and its Ismaili traditions in particular.

Ismaili Studies

The IIS serves as the central point of reference for Ismaili studies while making its own contributions through various programmes of research and publications.

Ismaili Heritage Project

The Ismaili Heritage (IH) Project focuses on the built heritage of the Ismaili community.

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Aga Khan Palace, Pune, India. Constructed in 1892 under direct patronage of the 48th Ismaili Imam, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III

Fellowships and Scholarships

The Institute of Ismaili Studies offers various scholarship and fellowship programmes to suitable candidates with a focus on Islamic Studies or other areas of interest to the IIS.

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Islamic History and Thought Lecture Series

Designed to invite scholars of various international academic institutions, specialising in intellectual, social and political aspects of medieval and early modern Islamic societies, to present and discuss their research.

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