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 Dr Farhad Daftary.
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, the 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.
Central Asian Studies Unit (CASU) is engaged in research and documentation of the history and intellectual traditions of the Ismailis of Central Asia within the broader Islamic heritage of Central Asia.
The Constituency Studies Unit (CSU) is primarily a research unit focusing on the religious, social and moral needs and issues of the Ismaili community, or Jamat.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) holds a significant repository of special collections related to the heritage of Ismaili communities and that of other Muslim traditions.
One of the most important aims of the Shiʿi Studies Unit is to enhance our understanding of the plurality of traditions within Shiʿi Islam in both its historical and contemporary contexts.
The Qur’anic Studies Unit promotes our knowledge of the intellectual history of the Qur’an through research and publication. It is part of the IIS’s Department of Academic Research and Publications.
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.Read more