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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: 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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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