Scholars of ITREB Pakistan, Akbar Huda, and Nizar Noorali, reflect on Mawlana Hazir Imam's message sent on 11th December 2020, on the occasion of Salgirah for the global Jamat. During the discussion, they highlight the essence of the message for the Jamat to think and contemplate.
Join us for a discussion on Jalaluddin Rumi’s Mathnavi (collection of poems) about Imam Ali's inner courage in the face of adversity. Alwaeza Dr. Afroza Nanji discusses this work and shares visual interpretations from the Aga Khan Museum’s collection. This was followed by a conversation with Alwaez Rahim Shivji.
This talk will revolve around a simple question: at the time of this global pandemic, where do we seek answers? Are they to be found in faith and religious practice? Or should people exclusively seek every answer under these circumstances from science? The question of the interaction between faith and intellect (or rather science) as two sources of knowledge has been at the heart of major theological and philosophical currents in the Muslim world. How do we resolve these tensions without obviating either faith or science? Dr. Daryoush Mohammad Poor explores this theme and refers to Ismaili tradition and primary sources to demonstrate that there is no conflict between faith and science and both serve a purpose, both have weight and significance as well as the ability to reinforce one another.
We live in a world where we are often around people who are different from us. Research shows that humans are born with a bias in favour of those who are similar to them and against those who are different. Thus, this talk argues that it is imperative for the survival of civilised society that the value of pluralism is encouraged and taught at all levels of society.
Ginans - Ismaili religious literature originating from the religion-cultural context of the Indian Subcontinent, has sometimes been viewed as “lacking Islamic personality”. This talk will challenge this view and introduce audiences to multiple examples of religious poetry used by various Muslim traditions from the region to highlight typical characteristics of the literature that are greatly influenced by South Asian cultural contexts. The talk will also introduce the audience to multiple IIS publications that one can turn to in order to learn more and gain further insights into this topic.
Ginans - Ismaili religious literature originating from the religion-cultural context of the Indian Subcontinent, has sometimes been viewed as “lacking Islamic personality”. This talk will challenge this view and introduce audiences to multiple examples of religious poetry used by various Muslim traditions from the region to highlight typical characteristics of the literature that are greatly influenced by South Asian cultural contexts. The talk will also introduce the audience to multiple IIS publications that one can turn to in order to learn more and gain further insights into this topic.
The Ismaili Centre 2020 Global Milad un-Nabi Lecture: The Quest for a Moral Economy in the Post-Covid Era with Prof. Mohamed Iqbal Asaria, CBE, a leading thinker and practitioner of Islamic Finance, will deliver a short presentation followed by a moderated discussion with Aga Khan Foundation (UK) National Committee Chairman, Mr. Mahmood Ahmed 11 November 2020.
Eid-E-Milad-un-Nabi has a great meaning: 'Nabi' means 'A man sent directly by God to mankind to lead them to the right path', Eid means 'Festive' and Milad means 'Birth'. Together it means the festival of the birth of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). What better way to celebrate His (PBUH) life, than by having a soulful discussion with scholars to reflect on his dedication to Islam. Through this program, we celebrate and give tribute to our beloved Prophet (PBUH).
Exploring select examples from the Dawr al-Satr (765-909 CE) and the Fatimid period (909-1171 CE) of our history, Dr. Shainool Jiwa illustrates how the Imams and the leadership at the time dealt with challenging circumstances of their age, using them as a springboard for laying stronger foundations for the future of the Jamat across various regions of the world.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies and The University of Melbourne Shari’a has long been a source of misunderstanding across both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds. In this webinar, Dr. Matthew Nelson, professor at the University of Melbourne hosts a panel discussion that aims to demystify shari’a, putting it in the context of current issues. Dr. Mohammed Keshavjee, co-author of Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World, and an esteemed panel of speakers, delve into issues of integration, identity politics, and the role of women. A partnership between the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and the Institute of Ismaili Studies.
This session discusses the ethical framework that informs a cosmopolitan mindset. It explores the various dimensions of the ideas of cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan ethics, including some critiques and constraints, to help Jamat develop a grounded appreciation of this concept.
Milad-un-Nabi, also known as Mawlid, is a significant day of celebration for Muslims around the world as it is Prophet Muhammad's birthday. This program by ITREB Tanzania shares a meaningful journey to commemorate our beloved Prophet: Pre-primary and primary students share their learnings from the Ta’lim curriculum, ECDC students will complement these learnings by showing us how they apply these ethics and values in their everyday lives today, secondary students will share how traditional Mawlid is celebrated in Zanzibar, and concluding with a reflection on the life of the Prophet by a STEP teacher.
This webinar on pluralism explores the diverse expressions of faith practiced by communities globally. Introduced by Khushboo Panjwani with content presented by Alwaezeen Farhana Zaveri and Dr Malik Khalfan.
How have pandemics shaped many aspects of human culture, including religious communities? Dr. Farid Panjwani explores pandemics historically, in terms of religion and religious thought, using examples such as the Black Death in the 14th century.

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