IIS’ Philosophy

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.




Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination

Modernity is commonly cast as a break with tradition – and a marriage with the secular. Rationalism, individual rights, democracy and cosmopolitanism are its favoured offspring, and their story is told as the rise of the modern West. Yet, the essential values at stake – from civic culture to the ethos of science and intellectual life – have roots beyond the West. They extend to civilisations and histories of the Islamic world in all its diversity, giving us journeys into a modernity that is familiar but also different.

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