Understanding Ismaili Muslim Theology and Practice

Understanding Ismaili Muslim Theology and PracticeSource: The Islamic Monthly, by Khalil Andani

Until recently, most people learned about Ismaili beliefs from polemic composed by their detractors. This was even true in Orientalist Islamic studies scholarship for several decades, resulting in the proliferation of inaccuracies and misrepresentations of Ismaili doctrines. Thanks to the recovery of primary sources and the establishment of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in 1977, the beliefs and doctrine of Ismailis can now be studied firsthand.

Ismaili theology has been an ever-evolving enterprise undertaken by various scholars and thinkers throughout the centuries.

Read more – Dated: July 11, 2017

The Islamic Monthly (TIM) is an independent, nonreligious, U.S. based hybrid print and digital publication that fosters discussion on a broad range of issues and concerns related to the modern world and has been he recipient of several awards. TIM’s editor-in-chief is Amina Chaudary and its Advisory Board includes Karen Armstrong, Noah Feldman, and Sherman Jackson.

Khalil Andani is a SSHRC Fellow and doctoral (Ph.D) candidate in Islamic studies at Harvard University focusing on Islamic theology, philosophy, and intellectual history and holds a Master of Theological Studies degree (MTS 2014) from Harvard Divinity School. His publications include a forthcoming article about the Ismaili influence on al-Ghazali’s cosmology in the Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, two peer reviewed articles on the Survey of Ismaili Studies in Religion Compass, a chapter on Nasir-i Khusraw’s Ismaili philosophy in the The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy, and two articles comparing Ismaili cosmology and the Christian metaphysics of Meister Eckhart in Sacred Web. Khalil is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA-CPA) and has completed Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) and Master of Accounting degrees at the University of Waterloo (2008).


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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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