The Study of Shiʿi Islam

Shiʿi Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major world religion and civilisation. The prolific achievements of Shiʿi theologians, philosophers and others are testament to the spiritual and intellectual wealth of this community. Yet Shiʿi studies has unjustly remained a long-neglected field, despite the important contribution that Shiʿism has made to Islamic traditions.

IIS Publishes New Translation of Nasir-i Khusraw’s Last Known Work

The IIS, in collaboration with I.B.Tauris is pleased to announce the publication of a new English translation of the last known work of 11th-century poet and philosopher Nasir-i Khusraw. “The things of this world are so many questions without answers,” wrote Nasir-i Khusraw deciding to give the book the title Jami‘ al-Hikmatayn, or “the joining of the two wisdoms” for it is a book of questions and answers about the world — or at least those questions he felt he could answer. 


IIS Research Associate Presents at Workshop on Greco-Arabic Rationalism

IIS Research Associate Dr Toby Mayer presented a paper at a workshop at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, USA entitled Greco-Arabic Rationalism in Islamic Traditionalism. The workshop comprises an on-going series of seminars which are expected to run for a few years. The series is dedicated to tracing the reception of philosophy into Islamic culture.


The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the Jinn: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 22

The Brethren of Purity (Ikhwan al-Safa’) were the anonymous members of a fourth-century AH (tenth-century CE) esoteric fraternity of lettered urbanites that was principally based in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, while also having a significant active branch in the capital of the ‘Abbasid


Video: Interview with Dr Feras Hamza on An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries

Publication: An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries - Volume I: On the Nature of the Divine
Editors: Dr Feras Hamza and Dr Sajjad Rizvi with Farhana Mayer
Questions addressed in the interview:
1. What role have Qur’anic commentaries played in the shaping of Muslim intellectual life and how do you expect this work to contribute to it?

An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Vol. 1: From Zoroaster to ‘Umar Khayyam

The major civilisations of the world have all had philosophical traditions cultivated in the bosom of that civilisation, if we understand philosophy in its traditional and universal sense. Only a few, however, have borne witness to a continuous tradition that has left behind written texts as well as an oral transmission. Among these few civilisations, one can name the Chinese, the Indian, the Western and the Persian, which in its later phase became integrated into Islamic philosophy and embraced lands beyond Persia.

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