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Video: Ismaili Engagements with the Qur’an: The Ismaili Khojas of South Asia by Dr. Ali Asani

Held in March 2016, The Communities of the Qur’an conference brought together eminent scholars and practitioners of various Islamic traditions to discuss and deliberate each traditions’ respective interpretations of Qur’anic verses. The conference — the first of its kind — … Continue reading Video: Ismaili Engagements with the Qur’an: The Ismaili Khojas of South Asia by Dr. Ali Asani

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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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Video: Jesus in Esoteric Islam — Ismaili Interpretations of Christ

Applying esoteric interpretations (ta’wil), characteristic to Ismaili Muslim theology, Fatimid Ismaili thinkers developed truly creative and ecumenical perspectives on the theological status and spiritual role of Jesus, while staying true to the shared Abrahamic heritage of Christianity and Islam. Khalil … Continue reading Video: Jesus in Esoteric Islam — Ismaili Interpretations of Christ

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Video: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism – From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul by Khalil Andani

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, Khalil Andani (PhD Candidate — Islamic Studies, Harvard University) presented his research paper, From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism, at Boston University’s Conference on Religious Diversity. Khalil’s presentation … Continue reading Video: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism – From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul by Khalil Andani

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Book Review: There is a God: How The World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

EDITORS’ NOTE: When the preeminent atheist of the past 100 years reverses his position and says “there is a God,” it is, of course, an important event and one worthy of everyone’s time to study his reasons. However, as Ismailis, … Continue reading Book Review: There is a God: How The World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

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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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How the Ismaili Imam teaches the Esoteric Interpretation (ta’wil) of the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

You see, my mission is situated on three levels. Firstly, religious: it concerns a symbolic exegesis of the Qur’an: interpreting the Divine Word, the adapting the needs of each community to the time; refashioning the law, constantly and relentlessly. Wherever … Continue reading How the Ismaili Imam teaches the Esoteric Interpretation (ta’wil) of the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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Q & A: Why Does Joining a Majlis Require a Monetary Offering? ~ Ismaili Gnosis

The Question Why do certain majlises cost certain amounts in “entrance fees”? How does this relate to the notion of “equality” and “equal opportunity” in our faith? Isn’t this practice discriminatory against those Isma’ilies who cannot afford to join majlises? … Continue reading Q & A: Why Does Joining a Majlis Require a Monetary Offering? ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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Beyond Relativism: The Aga Khan on Personal Search, Universal Ethics and Pluralism ~ Ismaili Gnosis

How can we inspire people to reach beyond rampant materialism, self-indulgent individualism, and unprincipled relativism? Mawlana Hazar ImamSchool of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, (New York, USA), May 15, 2006 Relativism — the worldview that suggests there are no … Continue reading Beyond Relativism: The Aga Khan on Personal Search, Universal Ethics and Pluralism ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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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