In Memoriam: Fumihiko Maki, architect of the Aga Khan Centre

Maki’s signature fusion of Eastern and Western cultures can be seen in iconic buildings around the world, including the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, and our own Aga Khan Centre in London.

Call for Papers: "Nizārī Ismailis and Spiritual Resurrection"

IIS is inviting papers exploring historical and doctrinal aspects of qiyāmat (spiritual resurrection). The deadline for submission is 18 December 2024.

View of Alamut rock

An early source of Shi'i Piety: al-Ṣaḥīfa al-Sajjādiyya

This short film features Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda exploring a compendium of supplications is known as al-Ṣaḥīfa al-Sajjādiyya, attributed to Shi‘i Imam ‘Alī ibn Ḥusayn Zayn al-‘Abidīn.

Book cover with blue colour and text reading The Psalms of Islam  al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya, on a yellow backgroubnd

IIS Graduation 2024

Faculty, students, donors and well-wishers of the IIS came together to celebrate the graduation of STEP C14 and the GPISH class of 2023 and 2024 at the Ismaili Centre, London.

GPISH student Imran Rajan awaiting graduation

About us

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) was established in 1977 as an academic institution of higher education. It is dedicated to the study of Islam, with a particular focus on the history, philosophy, law, and mysticism of Ismaili and broader Shi‘i intellectual and cultural heritages within the larger Muslim ummah.

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Research at the IIS seeks to contribute to the field of Islamic studies in general, with a particular focus on Shi ‘i and Ismaili studies.

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The IIS publishes works by its own scholars as well as from the academic community outside the Institute.

Celebrating heritage

Count Manji Janmohamed and Heritage Materials

The Ismaili Special Collections Unit at IIS explores a lifetime of service through exclusive heritage materials donated by Count Manji Janmohamed.

Aga Khan III and Aga Khan IV with His Highness the Aga Khan Ismailia Provincial Council of Nairobi, 22nd April 1945.
Open access paper

Approaches to Muslim Biomedical Ethics: A Classification and Critique

IIS’s Constituency Studies Unit publishes their first paper in a series on methodological approaches to biomedical ethics.

Laboratory of the Faculty of Health and Social Work of the Trnava University