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Institute of Ismaili Studies

Works: 110 works in 335 publications in 3 languages and 36,858 library holdings
Genres: History  Bibliography  Biography  Catalogs 
Roles: Editor, Other, Collector, Translator, 475
Classifications: N6260, 709.17671
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Most widely held works about Institute of Ismaili Studies
Most widely held works by Institute of Ismaili Studies
Beauty and Islam : aesthetics in Islamic art and architecture by Valrie Gonzalez( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 423 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
Civil society in the Muslim world : contemporary perspectives by Amyn B Sajoo( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Arabic and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even before the events of September 11th 2001, the global discourse on civil society - in its varied interpretations and manifestations - has caught the attention of citizens and communities across the Muslim world from Iran, Tajikistan and Indonesia, to the Mahgreb. Issues of human rights, pluralism and gender equity were already at the forefront of the wider quest for participatory politics. This survey of social and intellectual trends in diverse Muslim contexts includes contributions by Shirin Akiner, Mohammed Arkoun, Aziz Esmial, Tair Faradov, Abdou Filali-Ansary, Ersin Kalaycioglu, Iftik
Muslim modernities : expressions of the civil imagination( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 262 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
Make a shield from wisdom : selected verses from Nāṣir-i Khusraw's Dīvān by Nāṣir-i Khusraw( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 185 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
Al-Ghazālī and the Ismailis : a debate on reason and authority in medieval Islam by Farouk Mitha( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 183 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
Reason and inspiration in Islam : theology, philosophy and mysticism in Muslim thought : essays in honour of Hermann Landolt( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Struggling with the philosopher : a refutation of Avicenna's metaphysics : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Muhammad b. Abd al-Kar-im b. Ahmad al-Shahrast-an-i's Kitab al-Musara'a by Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Karīm Shahrastānī( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Muhammad b. Abd al-Karim al-Shahrastani was one of the most learned and enigmatic scholars of medieval Islam. In his work, 'Kitab al-Musara'a' ('Struggling with the Philosopher'), which is published here in English translation (together with its original Arabic text) for the first time, al-Shahrastani gives a detailed critique of the metaphysics of the great Persian philosopher Avicenna. The greater part of his 'intellectual wrestling match' ('musara'a') is devoted to refuting Avicenna's interpretation of the 'Necessary Being' which, he argues, compromises the absolute transcendence of God. Fo
Ismailis in medieval Muslim societies by Farhad Daftary( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book deals with aspects of 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 Ismaili individuals such as Hasan-i Sabbah. Others chapters contextualise the Ismailis within the medieval Muslim societies, in addition to investigating the Ismaili-Crusader relations and the resulting myths and legends about the Ismailis." "The essays collected in this volume, representing the results of modern scholarship in Ismaili studies, make a powerful contribution to our understanding of an Islamic community in medieval times and will prove invaluable to historians and scholars of the Muslim world."--Jacket
The spirituality of Shi'i Islam : beliefs and practices by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second largest branch of Islam, with between 130 and 190 million adherents across the globe, Shi'i Islam is becoming an increasingly significant force in contemporary politics, especially in the Middle East. This makes an informed understanding of its fundamental spiritual beliefs and practices both necessary and timely
A companion to Muslim cultures( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 146 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
Surviving the Mongols : Nizārī Quhistānī and the continuity of Ismaili tradition in Persia by Nadia Eboo Jamal( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 141 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
Ismaili literature : a bibliography of sources and studies by Farhad Daftary( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 131 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
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( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Multiple languages and held by 124 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
Memoirs of a mission : the Ismaili scholar, statesman and poet al-Muʼayyad fil̓-Dīn al-Shīrāzī by Verena Klemm( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 111 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
A companion to the Muslim world( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 106 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
Shi'i interpretations of Islam : three treatises on Islamic theology and eschatology by Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Ṭūsī( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 104 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
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( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and Arabic and held by 97 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
Muslim ethics : emerging vistas by Amyn B Sajoo( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 65 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
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( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Multiple languages and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of philosophy in Persia( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Institut issledovaniĭ ismalizma

Maʻhad al-Dirāsāt al-Ismāʻīlīyah

Muʼassasah-ʼi Muṭālaʻāt-i Ismāʻīlīyah

Muʼassasah-yi Muṭālaʻāt-i Ismāʻīlī

Pazhǔhishgohi tadqiqoti ismoilī

Институт исследований исмализма

معهد الدراسات الإسماعيلية

مؤسسه‌ى مطالعات اسماعيلى

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Civil society in the Muslim world : contemporary perspectivesMuslim modernities : expressions of the civil imaginationMake a shield from wisdom : selected verses from Nāṣir-i Khusraw's DīvānAl-Ghazālī and the Ismailis : a debate on reason and authority in medieval IslamReason and inspiration in Islam : theology, philosophy and mysticism in Muslim thought : essays in honour of Hermann LandoltStruggling with the philosopher : a refutation of Avicenna's metaphysics : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Muhammad b. Abd al-Kar-im b. Ahmad al-Shahrast-an-i's Kitab al-Musara'aIsmailis in medieval Muslim societiesThe spirituality of Shi'i Islam : beliefs and practices