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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: 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: 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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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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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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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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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

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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