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 Imamat institutions and its guidance have helped Ismailis anchor their religious identity and shaped their civic engagement in a modern nation-state context.
Mr Hussain Jasani joined the Institute in July 2012 as the Manager for Educational Programmes Unit (EPU) and was appointed to establish South Asian Studies (SAS) within the Department of Academic Research and Publications (DARP) in January 2020. Serving as the founding lead of SAS, Mr Jasani has the responsibility of defining strategic vision for SAS, setting its research agenda and overseeing research projects.