Ismaili Islam (Ismailism): History, Theology & Ritual

This lecture was delivered by Khalil Andani on April 8, 2019 at the invitation of the Harvard Islamic Society. The full presentation covers the History, Theology and Ritual Practices of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims.

The first segment (1 of 3) contains the following material:

Accounting for Muslim Diversity: “Sects” vs. Multiple Islams

The Prophetic-Revelatory Authority of Prophet Muhammad

Shi’at ‘Ali: Origins of Shii Islam

Overview of Ismaili Muslim History

Contemporary Ismaili Imamat: Aga Khan III, Aga Khan IV & the AKDN

Part 2/3 of Khalil Andani’s Presentation on Shii Ismaili Islam. This segment discusses Ismaili Theology and Ritual practices as follows:

Ismaili Concept of Tawhid

Creation and Neoplatonic Cosmology

Cosmic Divine Guidance through Prophethood and Imamat

The Spiritual, Public & Personal Activities of Aga Khan IV

Ismaili Ritual Practices: Shariah and Tariqah

The Privacy of the Ismaili Jamatkhana

Video of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee Visit to Pakistan


Part 3/3 of Khalil Andani’s lecture on Shii Ismaili Islam: History, Theology & Ritual. This segment continues the Q&A and covers various topics such as:

The Imam’s divine protection ((‘isma) from sins and errors

The difference between the Ismaili Imamat and Papacy

The concept of the Universal Soul

Ismaili interpretations of Jesus

The status of the Quran in relation to the Imamat

The meaning and practice of Bay’ah to the Imam

The question of salvation with respect to non-Ismailis


Author: ismailimail

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

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