His Highness the Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, The Halle Institute, The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University, presents
Wednesday, September 9 | 4:30 p.m. White Hall Room 208
Farhad Daftary Co-Director, The Institute of Ismaili Studies
Gurdofarid Miskinzoda Managing Editor, “Shi’i Heritage Series” The Institute of Ismaili Studies
The world of Shi’i Islam has recently become the focus of international attention in the context of various conflicts and crises afflicting the Middle East. Such global exposure has accentuated how little is known outside Muslim communities about the history and traditions of Shi’i Muslims.
Dr. Farhad Daftary and Dr. Gurdofarid Miskinzoda will speak about how the Shi’i Muslims, with their rich intellectual and cultural heritage, have contributed significantly to the richness and diversity of the Islamic traditions throughout the centuries, enabling Islam to evolve and flourish both as a major religion and also as a civilization. A reception will follow.
This event is free and open to the public, but guests should register online to attend by Tuesday, September 8.
Dr. Farhad Daftary is the co-director of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, and head of the Institute’s Department of Academic Research and Publications. Since the mid-1960s,when he was completing his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, he has cultivated his interest in Shi’i Studies, with special reference to its Ismaili tradition, on which he is an authority.
As well as serving on various editorial boards, Dr. Daftary is a consulting editor of “Encyclopaedia Iranica”, co-editor (with Professor Wilferd Madelung) of Encyclopaedia Islamica, and the general editor of the “Ismaili Heritage Series,” the “Ismaili Texts and Translations Series,” and “Shi’i Heritage Series.” He is the author and editor of numerous publications, including “The Ismailis” (1990; 2nd ed., 2007), “The Assassin Legends” (1994), “A Short History of the Ismailis” (1998), “Intellectual Traditions in Islam” (2000), “Ismaili Literature” (2004), “A Modern History of the Ismailis” (2011), as well as many articles and encyclopedia entries. Dr. Daftary’s books have been translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Gujarati, Chinese, and various European languages.
Dr. Gurdofarid Miskinzoda is the managing editor of the “Shi’i Heritage Series.” Since receiving her PhD in the study of History of the Near and Middle East and Islam from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, she has worked as a research associate and coordinator of Shi’i Studies in the Department of Academic Research and Publications at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Dr. Miskinzoda is the author of “Narratives of the Life of Muhammad: Redefining Sīra Literature” (forthcoming) as well as various articles.