Alumni are our ambassadors, representing the values, principles and work of the IIS in their chosen fields; whether it be academia, development, law, arts and culture to name a few. In this new series of “In Conversation with IIS Alumni” we catch up with individual alumni to find out more about their current work and their journey to this point.
Many of us are curious about other cultures with a hunger for experiencing the “out of the ordinary”, and we satisfy this desire in different ways. For some this may involve physically travelling to other parts of the world, whilst for others it may involve turning to literature to transport our hearts and minds more figuratively.
Islam an Illustrated Journey is a Diamond Jubilee publication produced by Azimuth Editions in conjunction with The Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Sharia has been a source of misunderstanding and misconception in both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) was established in 1977 with the objective of promoting scholarship and learning on Muslim cultures and societies, historical as well as contemporary, and encouraging a better understanding of their relationship with other societies and faiths. The Institute’s founding aim was defined by a basic and continuing re-assessment of existing scholarly endeavours in this field.
1. The first question has to do with the title of the lecture series, 'Contemporary Islams and Muslims'. While one can easily understand the use of plural for Muslims, why have you chosen to use 'Islam' in the plural form?