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Shia Ismaili Leadership: Past and Present by Dr. Karim H Karim

EDITORS’ NOTE: We commend this important, academic review of three books that discuss Ismaili leadership to all. Included among the three is Daryoush Mohammad Poor’s recent book Authority without Territory. We recently featured, here, Mohammad Poor’s recent presentation, Ismaili Imamat: … Continue reading Shia Ismaili Leadership: Past and Present by Dr. Karim H Karim

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Video: Mohamed Keshavjee – The Impact of Apartheid on an Indian Family’s Diasporic History

On April 19, 2016, Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee, a member of the Board of Governors of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, delivered a heart-warming presentation at the University of California, Berkeley, on his family’s perilous journey in South Africa during apartheid … Continue reading Video: Mohamed Keshavjee – The Impact of Apartheid on an Indian Family’s Diasporic History

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Video: 60 Ismailis attend 2015 Ismaili Gnosis Retreat to learn about Imamat

At the end of August 2015, 60 Ismaili students, young adults, parents and seniors from across North America descended on Chicago to attend a unique 3-day event: the inaugural Ismaili Gnosis Retreat. The theme of the retreat — Recognition (ma’rifah) … Continue reading Video: 60 Ismailis attend 2015 Ismaili Gnosis Retreat to learn about Imamat

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Ismaili Imamat: Institutions and Ethical Underpinnings by Daryoush Mohammad Poor

EDITORS’ NOTE: While we agree with most of the views expressed in this presentation, there are a few key points we disagree with. However, notwithstanding these, the talk is excellent. On March 11, 2016, Daryoush Mohammad Poor, author of Authority … Continue reading Ismaili Imamat: Institutions and Ethical Underpinnings by Daryoush Mohammad Poor

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Q & A: What Does Mawlana Hazar Imam Do with the Religious Dues given by the Community? ~ Ismaili Gnosis, NanoWisdoms

The Question What does Mawlana Hazar Imam do with all the religious dues and offerings — such as dasond and mehmani — made by the community? Shouldn’t there be financial transparency or disclosure over these funds? The Answer We consider … Continue reading Q & A: What Does Mawlana Hazar Imam Do with the Religious Dues given by the Community? ~ Ismaili Gnosis, NanoWisdoms

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Nizar Hussien Ghulamhusain Harji of Nairobi, Kenya: A Story of Courage, Patience and Faith

In a world preoccupied with the ephemeral, it is easy to forget that within our soul there is a place where the timeless ideals of steadfastness, strength, sacrifice, honour and loyalty resonate and move us. Who can fail to feel … Continue reading Nizar Hussien Ghulamhusain Harji of Nairobi, Kenya: A Story of Courage, Patience and Faith

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Mawlana Hazar Imam on Portugal, the new global seat of the Ismaili Imamat: “A very important country”

Portugal is a very important country … I have been to several other places. But Portugal has very important factors: in the Portuguese society, pluralism is a social construction which functions and that is relevant in any society, whether it … Continue reading Mawlana Hazar Imam on Portugal, the new global seat of the Ismaili Imamat: “A very important country”

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Authority without Territory’s author, Daryoush Mohammad Poor, speaks candidly ~ Ismailimail

Interviewer: You very bravely raise questions around pluralism within the community in suggesting “it is not clear whether and to what extent this pluralism can be reflected in the institutions of the Community” p. 152. You mention that the dominant … Continue reading Authority without Territory’s author, Daryoush Mohammad Poor, speaks candidly ~ Ismailimail

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NanoWisdoms Editor and Publisher, Mohib Ebrahim, speaks about private Ismaili initiatives and Ismaili Civil Society ~ Amaana

Mohib Ebrahim: We tend to think of civil society as something that engages with society at large, working in co-operation with governments. However, I think this view is far too narrow and limiting: I view civil society as the constituents … Continue reading NanoWisdoms Editor and Publisher, Mohib Ebrahim, speaks about private Ismaili initiatives and Ismaili Civil Society ~ Amaana