PBS Interviews Harvard University’s Professor Ali Asani in the upcoming special show on His Highness the Aga Khan & the Ismaili Muslims

faculty insight with Professor Ali AsaniOver the past few days, Ismailimail has shared some exclusive footage of the upcoming PBS special on His Highness the Aga Khan & the Ismaili Muslims – a first for PBS to feature the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim community.

In advance of the show, scheduled to be aired on Friday, July 31st, 2015 across the US on more than 350 member television stations, Ismailimail is proud to share the fourth installment in a series of five, with an exclusive interview question and response with Harvard University’s Professor Ali Asani.

In this segment of the interview, graciously made available by PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Professor Ali Asani explains how ethics is put into action by Ismaili Muslims as they practice their faith.

PBS: How does faith come alive for Ismailis?

PROF. ASANI: For Ismailis, faith consists of two dimensions. There are obligations to God, what we say worship and prayer and spiritual growth and so on, and then there are obligations to larger society, especially the poor, the sick, the needy.  One has to be engaged in social justice work.  It’s not only part of faith, but it’s also an important part of one’s spiritual and ethical development as a person.

The objective of the PBS RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY Series is to educate the audience about different religions and allow people of faith to explain how their religion impacts their work.

Join us here at Ismailimail tomorrow as we share the next segment of the upcoming PBS show on the Ismailis with an exclusive footage of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s interview.

We encourage you to check your local listings to see when Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly airs in your area.

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About Professor Ali Asani

Ali Asani with Mawlana Hazar Imam
Ali Asani with Mawlana Hazar Imam

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Ali Asani is Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and the Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.

He has taught at Harvard since 1983, offering instruction in a variety of South Asian and African languages and literatures as well as courses on various aspects of the Islamic tradition including Understanding Islam and Contemporary Muslim Societies, Religion, Literature and the Arts in Muslim Cultures, Muslim Voices in Contemporary World Literatures, Introduction to Islamic Mysticism (Sufism), Ismaili History and Thought. and Muslim Societies in South Asia: Religion, Culture and Identity.

In 2002, Professor Asani was awarded the Harvard Foundation medal for his outstanding contributions to improving intercultural and race relations at Harvard and the nation. More recently, Professor Asani received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education.

Via Harvard University | Faculty | Ali Asani

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About PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Series

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is an American weekly television news-magazine program which airs on PBS and delivers one-of-a-kind news coverage from around the nation and the world. The program explores the top moral questions facing the country and profiles notable people and groups in the world of religion and ethics.

PBS-Religion and Ethics logoSince its debut in 1997, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world. The acclaimed one-of-a-kind TV show examines religion’s role — and the ethical dimensions — behind top news headlines. To complement the program’s weekly broadcast, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY offers a Web site, pbs.org/religion.

Winner of more than 115 industry awards — including the Sigma Delta Chi, the Gracie Allen, the Chicago TV Fest, New York Festival and CINE Golden Eagle — the program has been hailed by the Religion Newswriters’ Association for setting “a national standard for balanced and fair coverage of religious topics.

RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY . . . has become a respected voice in the conversation about American religion and culture.”

PBS logoThe Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American non-profit public broadcast television network with 354 member television stations. Since the mid-2000s, Roper polls commissioned by PBS have consistently placed the service as America’s most-trusted national institution.

Via PBS | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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