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Institute of Ismaili Studies

Works: 178 works in 596 publications in 4 languages and 33,794 library holdings
Genres: History  Catalogs  Bibliography  Bibliographies  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Editor, Other, Publisher, 475, Collector, Translator
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Most widely held works by Institute of Ismaili Studies
Civil society in the Muslim world : contemporary perspectives by Amyn B Sajoo( )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Arabic and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is the culmination of a year-long project that was highlighted by a series of seminars on civil society hosted by The Institute of Ismaili Studies, beginning in November 2000. Most of the chapters evolved from papers delivered at the seminars ..."--P. xiii
Beauty and Islam : aesthetics in Islamic art and architecture by Valérie Gonzalez( )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This illustrated volume explores aspects of aesthetics in classical Islamic thought set in the context of contemporary theories. Valerie Gonzalez offers new perspectives on Islamic art and architecture with examples ranging from the Qur'an and the Alhambra to the works of present-day artists and philosophers." "Tracing the roots of Islamic aesthetics back to the works of great philosophers of the Middle Ages such as Ibn Sina (Avicenna) and Ibn Rushd (Averroes), Gonzalez shows that aesthetic theory in Islam belongs within the wider context of medieval thinking on theology, ethics, physics and metaphysics." "In Gonzalez's analysis, an investigation of the famous optical illusion in the Qur'anic story of King Solomon and the queen of Sheba reveals an aesthetic metaphor. Her exploration of the geometrical decorative configurations of the Alhambra provides a new interpretation based upon current theories of phenomenology and semiotics." "This work brings fresh insights to its subject by considering traditional Islamic architecture, miniatures and ceramics alongside the works of modern artists such as Frank Stella, Mark Rothko and Edward Ruscha."--Jacket
A companion to the Muslim world( )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What exactly is the Qur'an? How does this extraordinary document -- literally "recitation"--Relate to the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad? And why did the religion of the Prophet, which came to be called "Islam" (or submission to God's will), at the center of which lies the Qur'an, give birth to a legacy so richly diverse in faith, law and civilization? This immaculately researched, but at the same time thoroughly accessible, book offers a journey into the full range of experience -- past and present, secular and sacred -- of the peoples and cultures that share in Islamic tradition. The volume examines a broad diversity of themes and topics. Poets, cities and the architecture of mosques are as much a part of its exploration as the role of science in belief, ways of reading scripture, the relationship of women to the faith and the emergence of a "digital community" of believers. In the aftermath of 9/11, the so-called "war on terror" and a new global geopolitics defined by reaction and response to the perils of fundamentalism and extremism, it is imperative to understand -- across all its frontiers -- what Islam is about and what Muslims believe. A Companion to the Muslim World comprises an attractive and coherent attempt by distinguished scholars to contibute towards that vital process of comprehension."--Publisher description
Memoirs of a mission : the Ismaili scholar, statesman and poet al-Muʼayyad fil̓-Dīn al-Shīrāzī by Verena Klemm( )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Al-Mu'ayyad fi'l-Din al-Shirazi (d. 470/1087) was an outstanding Ismaili scholar of Persian origin. He excelled as a missionary-agent (da'i), statesman and poet. Towards the end of his long and active life, al-Mu'ayyad became the head of the Ismaili mission (da'wa) - the chief da'i - in the time of the Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Mustansir in Cairo." "Based on his memoirs, Sirat al-Mu'ayyad fi'l-Din, this work provides an insight into the remarkable life and achievements of al-Mu'ayyad through important stages of his career. Written in a masterful Arabic literary style and rhetoric, the Sira describes in detail his daring attempt to win over the Buyid rulers of western Iran to the Fatimid cause; his flight to Cairo where his ambitions to be near the Imam are initially frustrated by powerful court officials; and finally, his expedition to Syria and Iraq as a Fatimid plenipotentiary to forge an alliance of local rulers against the Saljuq Turks invading the central Islamic lands from the East." "Through a close analysis of the Sira, the author of this book demonstrates that, in addition to being a personal account of a highly dedicated Fatimid da'i, this is a rich historical source on the organisation and function of the Ismaili mission. It is also an extensive and valuable source for Islamic history in the 5th/11th century, dealing with crucial events in the struggle between the Fatimids, Abbasids, Buyids and Saljuqs for political and military supremacy in the Muslim world. Thus, al-Mu'ayyad's memoirs serve as a unique magnifying glass concentrating the international political dynamics of the age in the narrative of one life and destiny."--Jacket
Al-Ghazālī and the Ismailis : a debate on reason and authority in medieval Islam by Farouk Mitha( )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali (450/1058-505/1111) is arguably one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Islam and his writings have received greater scholarly attention in the West than those of any other Muslim scholar. This study explores an important dimension of his thought that has not yet been fully examined, namely, his polemical engagement with the Ismailis of the Fatimid and early Alamut periods. Al-Ghazali wrote several texts in refutation of the Ismailis, of which the most detailed is the Kitab al-Mustazhiri. The author examines the key themes and arguments in this text, and analyses the ways in which al-Ghazali was influenced by the Ismailis. Al-Ghazali's debate with the Ismailis constitutes an important chapter in the history of Muslim thought and this book explores the wider intellectual and political significance of this encounter, especially the central tensions and questions of the age in which al-Ghazali lived."--Jacket
Make a shield from wisdom : selected verses from Nāṣir-i Khusraw's Dīvān by Nāṣir-i Khusraw( )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Khusraw was a major poet and philosopher of the early Ismailiyya. This volume is intended to provide a better understanding of the poet's thought and contains a detailed study of the poet and his work
Reason and inspiration in Islam : theology, philosophy and mysticism in Muslim thought : essays in honour of Hermann Landolt by Todd Lawson( )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This publication not only reflects the scholarly interests of Hermann Landolt in philosophy, Sufism and Shi'ism, but also takes a look at the Islamic traditions of mysticism, philosophy, theology, historiography, and intellectual debate generally from earliest times to the twentieth century, in a series of diverse and stimulating approaches. As such, they are a corrective to the current alienating discourse on Islam which portrays it as a source of extremism and fanatical violence. A true warrior here is one whose struggle is for a more perfect understanding and experience of the world as the creation of a just and merciful God."--Jacket
Muslim modernities : expressions of the civil imagination by Institute of Ismaili Studies( )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is about Muslim encounters with the modern: how Islam and those in its orbit have shaped and been shaped by histories that are overlapping and distinctive. Identity and citizenship, piety and protest, music and modes of dress are explored as expressions that bear on the making and remaking of modern public spheres. Muslim as well as non-Muslim scholars show in these pages that tradition and religiosity alike are active players in the making of the modern." "A vital theme is the role of the ethical imagination in expressions of the civil, fed by the diversity of religious and cultural narratives as sources of the self. This can be seen in struggles for civil society and democratic citizenship, in the grappling with new technologies, and in the challenges of political violence. Since the events of September 11, 2001, a failure to come to grips with plural modernities has spurred claims about a 'clash of civilizations'. Fresh perspectives are offered here on what it is to be Muslim and modern, mindful of the rich narratives that inform both identities."--Jacket
Degrees of excellence : a Fatimid treatise on leadership in Islam : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Aḥmad b. Ibrāhīm al-Naysābūrī's Kitāb ithbāt al-imāma by Aḥmad ibn Ibrāhīm Naysābūrī( )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Multiple languages and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ahmad b. Ibrahim al-Naysaburi (996-1021) lived at the pinnacle of Fatimid rule in Egypt. One of the most distinguished scholars of his time, several important works are accredited to him. However, it is his major treatise - the Kitab Ithbat al-imama - which is of seminal importance in the philosophical development of medieval Muslim thought. It is in this work - which is here presented in a completely fresh edition and a new translation - that al-Naysaburi daringly uses rational tools to explain and expound his theology, rather than base his assertions exclusively on the authority of the Qur'an and Hadith. Seeking to affirm the imamate from a philosophical perspective, he uses numerous devices to bolster his thesis, ranging from the so-called ten categories of the philosophers to several biological metaphors from plants and trees to animals and minerals. His foremost device is the theory of 'degrees of excellence'. Accepting that there are differences and disparities within each genus and species, he gives paradigms of perfect examples in each variety, and demonstrates in a parallel manner that it is the Imam who stands at the apex of humanity
Ismaili literature : a bibliography of sources and studies by Farhad Daftary( )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ismaili Studies represents one of the most recent fields of Islamic Studies. Much new research has taken place in this field as a result of the recovery of a large number of Ismaili texts. Ismaili Literature contains a complete listing of the sources and secondary studies, including theses, written by Ismailis or about them in all major Islamic and European languages. It also contains chapters surveying Ismaili history and developments in modern Ismaili Studies
Surviving the Mongols : Nizārī Quhistānī and the continuity of Ismaili tradition in Persia by Nadia Eboo Jamal( )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mongol invasion of Iran in the 13th century was a catastrophic event for all its inhabitants. For the persian Ismaili in particular, it put an end to their political aspirations and independent existence for many centuries. It has been held by many historians that subsequent to the fall of the central Ismaili fortress of Alumut to the Mongols, the community was virtually extripated from the region and its institutional network dismantled until its revival in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty. Such an expansive view of post-Alumut Ismailism is questioned by this study which examine
Shi'i interpretations of Islam : three treatises on Islamic theology and eschatology by Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Ṭūsī( )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most prominent Muslim scholars and scientists of the medieval era, the Persian polymath Nasir al-Din Tusi (1201-1274) joined the Shiʹa Nizari Ismaili community at a young age, as the armies of Genghis Khan poured across his homeland. In the course of a long and eminent career, first under the patronage of the Ismailis at the fortress of Alamut, and later with the conquering Mongols, he produced over 150 works on diverse subjects from theology and philosophy to mathematics and astronomy. His principal works on Ismaili doctrine, the Rawda-yi taslim (The Paradise of Submission) and the autobiographical Sayr wa suluk (Contemplation and Action), are already available in English translation by S.J. Badakhchani. In this volume, he offers new critical editions and translations of three shorter Ismaili works by Tusi, namely Aghaz wa anjam (The Beginning and the End), Tawalla wa tabarra (Solidarity and Dissociation), and Matlub al-muʹminin (Desideratum of the Faithful). In these three treatises, Tusi provides concise interpretations of key motifs in Ismaili doctrine, with special reference to the primordial nature of man, his earthly existence in relation to the imam, and his destiny in the hereafter. -- Book jacket
Arabic Ismaili manuscripts : the Zāhid ʻAlī Collection in the library of the Institute of Ismaili Studies by Delia Cortese( )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work represents a brilliant corpus of Islamic manuscripts devoted to the theological, philosophical and historical traditions of the Fatimid, post-Fatimid Yemeni as well as Indian-Ismaili literature. The catalogue, with its 179 annotated entries which examine the literary and doctrinal aspects of these manuscripts, features incipits in Arabic for each entry and is supported by indices in both Arabic and Latin scripts. The work is fully illustrated and enriched by a comprehensive contextualising introduction. It will prove an invaluable tool for scholars and researchers interested in the s
Muslim ethics : emerging vistas by Amyn B Sajoo( )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recent political and social events as well as advances in science and technology have posed challenges to the traditional Muslim discourse on ethics. In this book Amyn B. Sajoo examines these challenges and critically analyses the implications of emerging initiatives in political pluralism and civic culture as well as moves in bio-medicine and environmental conservation. He considers how the contours of public ethics in Islam may be redefined to provide shared conceptions of the good and the practically useful in pluralist societies. -- WBSITE
Eagle's nest : Ismaili castles in Iran and Syria by Peter Willey( )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For anybody with an interest in medieval and Middle East history, or simply with a love of castles, Eagle's Nest will be essential reading. Among many castles and fortresses, it describes the impressive and often inspiring sites of Alamut, Samiran and Qa'in (in Iran), and of Masyaf, Kahf and Khawabi (in Syria). The book is illustrated with numerous photographs, maps and plans. As well as offering a gripping historical account of the courage, vision and endurance of this Shi'i Muslim community, it comprises an enthralling personal story of the challenges involved in rediscovering a forgotten, distant world, which will appeal to the armchair traveller and historian in equal measure."--Jacket
Ismailis in medieval Muslim societies by Farhad Daftary( )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and Urdu and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive treatment of Ismaili medieval history in its entirety. It will have great appeal to all scholars of medieval Islam. Farhad Daftary is one of the world's leading authorities on Ismaili history and literature. This important book, by an internationally acknowledged expert in Ismaili studies, introduces Ismaili history and thought in medieval times. Discussing the different phases in Ismaili history, it describes both the early Ismailis as well as the contributions of the later Ismailis to Islamic culture. A number of chapters deal with key Ismaili individuals such as Hasan-i Sabb
The spirituality of Shi'i Islam : beliefs and practices by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi( )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi is one of the most distinguished scholars of Shi'i history and theology, and in this volume he offers a wide-ranging and engaging survey of the core texts of Shi'i Islam. Examining in turn the origins and later developments of Shi'i spirituality, the author reveals the profoundly esoteric nature of the beliefs which accrued to the figures of the early Imams, and which became associated with their interaction between the material and spiritual worlds. Many of these beliefs have remained much misunderstood even within the wider Muslim world. Furthermore, Western scholarship has tended to follow the lead of the earlier orientalists and critics, viewing Shi'i teachings as marginal
The master and the disciple : an early Islamic spiritual dialogue : Arabic edition and English translation of Jaʻfar b. Manṣūr al-Yaman's Kitāb al-ʻĀlim wa'l-ghulām by Jaʻfar ibn Manṣūr al-Yaman( )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Multiple languages and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This key source for pre-Fatimid Ismaili history includes a fully annotated translation and Arabic critical edition of one of the earliest surviving Ismaili Shi'i writings, Kitåb al-'Ålim wa'l-ghulåm by the Yemeni author Ja'far Ibn Manßúr al-Yaman. The book is unique because it provides the most elaborate example available of the narrated dramatic dialogues form in Arabic literature. It also vividly illustrates the processes by which early esoteric Shi'i ideas and institutions eventually contributed to the evolution of more familiar forms of Sufism in the Islamic West
A companion to Muslim cultures by Amyn B Sajoo( )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture shapes every aspect of the relationship between God and the believer in Islam -- as well as among believers, and with those beyond the fold. Fasting, prayers, and pilgrimages are attuned to social rhythms old and new, no less than the designs of mosques and public gardens, the making of "religious" music, and ways of thinking about technology and well-being. Ancient deserts and modern urban landscapes may echo with the same call for transcendence, but in voices that emerge from very different everyday realities. Scripture itself, as the Prophet Muhammad knew, is ever seen through a cultural lens; both its language and what it communicates are intimately tied to context. And the cosmopolitanism that runs through Muslim history from the outset recalls T.S. Eliot's remark that culture is "that which makes life worth living." It frames how the deepest religious values are understood and practiced, from modesty in adornment and solidarity with the underprivileged, to integrity and accountability in political life. Muslims have never been content with a passive separation of faith from their daily lives, whether public or private. What are the implications of this holistic view in a diverse world of Muslims and non-Muslims? How do core ethical values interface with the particulars of local cultures in all their complexity, especially when it comes to matters like the status of women and the scope of individual religious freedom? The answers -- at a time when secular and Muslim identities appear to be locked in conflict-- are explored in this Companion by some of today's finest scholars
The Fatimids and their successors in Yaman : the history of an Islamic community : Arabic edition and English summary of Idrīs ʻImād al-Dīn's ʻUyūn al-akhbār, vol. 7 by Idrīs ʻImād al-Dīn Qurashī( )

14 editions published in 2002 in English and Arabic and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Uyun al-akhbar" is the most complete extant text by an Ismaili author on the history of the Ismaili community from its origins up to Idris 'Imad al-Din's own time in the 15th century. The seventh volume, edited here and presented as a summary English translation, deals in particular with the period of the three Fatimid caliphs - al-Mustansir, al-Musta'li and al-Amir - in addition to the Tayyibi Ismaili community in Yemen
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Beauty and Islam : aesthetics in Islamic art and architecture
Beauty and Islam : aesthetics in Islamic art and architectureA companion to the Muslim worldMemoirs of a mission : the Ismaili scholar, statesman and poet al-Muʼayyad fil̓-Dīn al-ShīrāzīAl-Ghazālī and the Ismailis : a debate on reason and authority in medieval IslamMake a shield from wisdom : selected verses from Nāṣir-i Khusraw's DīvānReason and inspiration in Islam : theology, philosophy and mysticism in Muslim thought : essays in honour of Hermann LandoltMuslim modernities : expressions of the civil imaginationDegrees of excellence : a Fatimid treatise on leadership in Islam : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Aḥmad b. Ibrāhīm al-Naysābūrī's Kitāb ithbāt al-imāma
Alternative Names

Institut ismailitskikh issledovaniĭ

Institut issledovaniĭ ismailizma

Institut issledovaniĭ ismalizma

Institute of Ismaili Studies

London, Institute of Ismaili Studies

Maʻhad al-Dirāsāt al-Ismāʻīlīyah

McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies Institute of Ismaili Studies

McGill University Institute of Ismaili Studies

Muʼassasah-ʼi Muṭālaʻāt-i Ismāʻīlīyah

Muʼassasah-yi Muṭālaʻāt-i Ismāʻīlī

Pazhǔhishgohi tadqiqoti ismoilī

Институт исмаилитских исследований

Институт исследований исмаилизма

Институт исследований исмализма

معهد الدراسات الإسماعيلية

مؤسسه مطالعات اسماعیلی

مؤسسه‌ى مطالعات اسماعيلى

مؤسسۀ مطالعات اسماعيلى.

مؤسسۀ مطالعات اسماعيليه