IIS Short Courses

The Department of Community Relations (DCR) at The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) is pleased to announce Short Courses for 2021. These courses are designed to introduce participants to a social, cultural and civilisational approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies, with a particular focus on Ismaili contexts.

In 2021 six of the eight Short Courses will be run online via Zoom, after a successful series of virtual courses in 2020 and in light of the continuing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both our online and field-based programmes aim to provide a forum in which participants and faculty can develop frameworks and vocabulary to engage with the issues explored during the programme.

To find out more about individual courses and how the programme works, please see our 2021 Short Course catalogue [pdf].

Eligibility Criteria: The programme is open to adult members of the Jamatinfo-icon with an undergraduate degree and proficiency in English. Preference will be given to applicants affiliated with the Ismaili Community Institutions.



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Course schedule 

Shari’a: Development of Fiqh and Ethics in Muslim Contexts
Course dates: 12 – 30 April 2021
Apply by: Deadline closed 25 February 2021.


Shi’i Islam: Thought, Beliefs and Practice
Course dates: 17 – 28 May 2021
Apply by: Deadline closed 25 February 2021.


Introduction to Islam
Course dates: 9 – 25 June 2021
Apply by: Deadline closed 18 April 2021.


The Qu'ran and its Interpretations
Course dates: 5 – 16 July 2021
Apply by: Deadline closed 18 April 2021.


Trends in Education about Islam: Opportunities and Challenges
Course dates: 2 – 13 August 2021
Apply by: Deadline closed 18 April 2021.


Educational Evaluation
Course dates: 1 – 15 September 2021
Apply by: 18 July 2021


Exploring Ismaili History: Walking in the Footsteps of the Fatimids
Course dates: 7 – 11 November 2021
Venue: Mahdiyya, Tunisia
Apply by: 18 July 2021


Understanding Culture
Course dates: 26 November – 1 December 2021
Venue: Cairo, Egypt
Apply by: 18 July 2021


Download course schedule [pdf].