Khalil Andani’s Presentation in Chicago: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw

Khalil Andani's Presentation: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i KhusrawAs part of the Ismaili Studies Conference taking place at the University of Chicago​,​ Khalil Andani will be presenting his paper titled “F​​rom Divine Word to Prophetic Word: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw.”

This presentati​​on will discuss how Nasir-i Khusraw, an 11th century Ismaili Muslim da’i, philosopher and poet understood the process in which the Word of God is inspired and revealed to the Prophet Muhammad and takes on the form of Arabic words and phrases.

Unlike traditional and popular ideas of revelation where the Prophet is a passive recipient of the Qur’an which is verbally dictated to him, in Nasir’s Ismaili model of revelation, the Prophet Muhammad plays an active r​​ole in receiving spiritual inspiration and then expressing it in the form of symbols and parables in eloquent Arabic.

Khalil’s presentation is part of a panel on Ismaili thought at Ismaili Studies Conference.

More information on the Conference is available here


Khalil Andani - khalilandani.comKhalil Andani – is Ph.D candidate (ABD) and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2014-2019) at Harvard University studying Muslim intellectual history with a focus on Islamic theology, philosophy, and mysticism. His dissertation in progress focuses on how Muslims understand the nature and revelation of the Qur’an, with special attention to the concepts of scripture (kitab), revelatory inspiration (wahy), and hermeneutics in the Qur’an, classical Sunni exegesis (tafsir), classical Sunni kalam theology, and Shi’i Ismaili thought. His focus area in Ismaili thought is the theology and philosophy of Nasir-i Khusraw (d. ca. 1088).

His publications include articles in the Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Religion Compass, The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy, forthcoming chapters in A Guide to Sufi Literature and Global-Critical Philosophy of Religion, and two articles in Sacred Web. He has also taught several courses in Islamic studies and religious studies as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. His recent conference papers and academic talks are featured on his Research Blog.

Khalil holds a Master of Theological Studies degree (2014), specializing in Islamic philosophy and Ismaili thought, from Harvard University. He is Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and articled with KPMG Canada and also completed Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) and Master of Accounting degrees at the University of Waterloo (2008).

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