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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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Book Synopsis: Memoirs of Mission: The Ismaili Statesman and Poet al-Mu’ayyad fi’l- Din al-Shirazi ~ IIS

Introduction Even though you’re the last in our da’wa,You have surpassed the compass of the earlier (da’is). The like of you cannot be found among those who have gone,From all the people, nor those that remain (p.90). These are the … Continue reading Book Synopsis: Memoirs of Mission: The Ismaili Statesman and Poet al-Mu’ayyad fi’l- Din al-Shirazi ~ IIS

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The Word in Muslim Tradition ~ Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Of all the Muslim art forms, calligraphy holds pride of place as the foremost and perhaps most characteristic of the modes of visual expression in Islam. From China to Canada and from Russia to South Africa, the widespread use of calligraphy still unites Muslims and visibly differentiates them from the adepts of other religions.

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Book Synopsis: Early Shi’i Thought: The Teachings of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir ~ IIS

Muslim society is, and always has been, pluralistic. Within a few decades after the death of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s), the Muslim world became a mosaic of cultures. The cultural plurality was matched by a plurality of ideas and doctrines. Immediately … Continue reading Book Synopsis: Early Shi’i Thought: The Teachings of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir ~ IIS

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Life of Qadi al-Nu’man (Excerpt from Code of Conduct for the followers of the Imam)

Editorial note: Note that we have updated spellings and nomenclature of the original text to reflect current standards and usage. Preface The Research Department of the Ismaili Association, West Pakistan, Karachi, is pleased to bring out the first publication of … Continue reading Life of Qadi al-Nu’man (Excerpt from Code of Conduct for the followers of the Imam)

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Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah: The final reconciliation between the Shia and Sunni doctrines

We Ismailis now in the same spirit [as Hazrat Ali had done] accept the Khalifat of the first Khalifs and such other Khalifs as during the last thirteen centuries helped the cause of Islam, politically, socially and from a worldly … Continue reading Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah: The final reconciliation between the Shia and Sunni doctrines

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From Ismaili to Ignorant: “IsmailiToIslam” Blog Refuted ~ Ismaili Gnosis

Too often, as the world grows more complex, the temptation for some is to shield themselves from complexity, we seek the comfort of our own simplicities, our own specialities. As has often been said, we risk learning more and more, … Continue reading From Ismaili to Ignorant: “IsmailiToIslam” Blog Refuted ~ Ismaili Gnosis