Exploring Ismaili Traditions

Exploring Ismaili Traditions

Course dates:
2  August – 6  August 2022
Application deadline:
21 March 2022
Programme fees:
Course director:
Mr Hussain Jasani

About the course

This five-day course offers a unique opportunity to learn about the diverse Ismaili communities that encompass many linguistic traditions, cultures,  ethnicities,  and ritual practices.  Using case studies and current research on Ismailis of Central  Asia,  Iran,  the Middle East,  and South  Asia, the course will showcase the evolution of Ismail traditions,  introducing participants to the diverse histories,  cultures,  and expressions of beliefs and belonging. This course will be taught by faculty members from diverse Ismaili contexts who will introduce participants to different ways of approaching the multitude of religious traditions in a globalised world. The course will explore the multitude of Ismaili living traditions to illustrate how traditions evolve and are reinterpreted with changing contexts.  Participants will also learn how Imamatinfo-icon institutions and its guidance have helped Ismailis anchor their religious identity and shaped their civic engagement in a modern nation-state context.


Aims of the programme

  • Understand how religious traditions and practices evolve and are influenced by their cultural contexts.
  • Discuss the evolution of the various Ismaili traditions by introducing important figures who have shaped Ismaili history,  thought and practice in various geographies.
  • Expose participants to the rich diversity of ritual practices amongst the different Ismaili traditions and the roles they play in a believer’s and the community’s life.
  • Develop an informed understanding and appreciation for the diversity as well as commonalities of beliefs,  articulations and practices that embody the global Ismaili Jamatinfo-icon.
  • Provide frameworks for ways to  approach this diversity in the contemporary context.


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