Programme fees: £175
This five-day course will bring together participants from diverse backgrounds to discuss, in an engaging and enabling environment, some of the key questions about Shi‘i Islam such as: How did it develop from its roots in 7th- Century Arabia to the highly elaborated tradition with its rich doctrinal, artistic, performative and intellectual heritage? What are the major branches of Shi‘i Islam today, and what are their key figures, beliefs and practices? What are the commonalities as well as distinctive features of Ismaili beliefs and practices vis-à-vis other Shi‘i traditions? Answers to such questions are important to anyone seeking to broaden their understanding about Shi‘i Islam and its past that is intimately linked to its present. Further, Secondary teachers and waezeens will find this course particularly useful. This course will be delivered by specialist faculty from the IIS using case studies that are relevant to contemporary contexts and will adopt an interdisciplinary and civilisational approach to achieve its aims.
Dr Shainool Jiwa is the Head of Constituency Studies and a Senior Research Fellow at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Prior to this, she was the Head of the Department of Community Relations from 2005 to 2012. She was also the founding coordinator of the Qur’anic Studies Project at the IIS (2002-2005).