Learning & Inspiration

The acceptance of the Imamat as an institution going back to the earliest days of the Islamic tradition, the use of the intellect and ethical behavior, are cornerstones of the of the Shia Ismaili Muslim tariqa. The articles and books included here, and added to periodically, will inform the readers and reflect the source of inspiration for many of the activities of the Ismaili community.

Intellectual Traditions in Islam, by Farhad Daftary
Intellectual Traditions in Islam, by Farhad Daftary
Intellectual Traditions in Islam, by Farhad Daftary
Intellectual Traditions in Islam, by Farhad Daftary
6 September 2017
To generate discussion on the nature and significance of these developments, The Institute of Ismaili Studies organized a seminar entitled ‘Intellectual Traditions in Islam’ held at the University of Cambridge, in August 1994. The key papers presented at the seminar have now become accessible through this publication to a wider audience of scholars, students and the general public.
Mawlana Hazar Imam delivering the Presidential Address at the International Seerat Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, March 12, 1976
Mawlana Hazar Imam delivering the Presidential Address at the International Seerat Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, March 12, 1976
Inspiration July 2017
Inspiration July 2017
21 July 2017

Excerpt from Mawlana Hazar Imam's Presidential Address at the International Seerat Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, March 12, 1976

The Fatimids and their Traditions of Learning, by Heinz Halm
The Fatimids and their Traditions of Learning, by Heinz Halm
12 July 2017

This book by Professor Heinz Halm is the first publication to focus mainly on the Fatimids’ varied contributions to Islamic culture and civilization and their patronage of learning. 

Communities of Interpretation in Islam, Part 1
Communities of Interpretation in Islam, Part 1
11 July 2017

From the split of the Sunni and Shi’a, to the branches of Shi’a communities, Dr. Daftary provides an overview of the evolution of branches of Islam.  

Carla Power signs a copy of her book for guests in attendance.
Carla Power signs a copy of her book for guests in attendance.
If the Oceans Were Ink
If the Oceans Were Ink
9 July 2017

Speaking to an audience of more than 100 on Sunday, January 22, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano, Power attempted to cut through prejudiced depictions of both Islam and Muslims in her new book If the Oceans Were Ink.

Book: A Short History of the Ismailis Daftary
Book: A Short History of the Ismailis Daftary
A Short History of the Ismailis
A Short History of the Ismailis
2 July 2017
A Short History of the Ismailis by Farhad Daftary
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