Professor Ali Asani: Nizari Ismaili Engagements with the Qur’an: The Khojas of South Asia

In ‘Communities of the Qur’an: Dialogue, Debate, and Diversity in the Twenty-First Century’[1], Reza Aslan describes this book as …

This collection [brings] together a diverse array of textual scholars who are engaging the Quran from perspective that have been sorely lacking in Islamic scholarship for far too long. The inclusion of, for example, African-American, female, LGBTQ, Ahmadi, and even Bahai voices to the centuries-long conversation about the meaning of the Quran is vital to ensuring the viability of this extraordinary text in the twenty-first century. Most importantly, by prioritizing engagement and disagreement, rather than the pretense of forced unity, this book is symbolic of the increasingly diverse Muslim community itself.


Professor Asani’s chapter from the same book: “Nizari Ismaili Engagements with the Qur’an: The Khojas of South Asia” [2] describes Ismaili thought as:

Elaborating on the deeper engagement of the Quran by the Khoja community of Gujarat and Sind in South Asia, he says:

Read the entire chapter of this book here: https://www.academia.edu/39914434/Asani_Nizari_Ismaili_Engagements_with_the_Quran_The_Khojas_of_South_Asia


[1] Communities of the Qur’an: Dialogue, Debate, and Diversity in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Emran El-Badawi and Paula Sanders, London, UK: One World Publications. https://www.academia.edu/39304835/Communities_of_the_Quran_Dialogue_Debate_and_Diversity_in_the_21st_Centuryhttps://www.amazon.com/Communities-Quran-Dialogue-Diversity-Century/dp/1786073927

[2] PDF of professor Asani’s entire chapter of the book is available via his profile at academia.edu (note: registration may be required to download) https://www.academia.edu/39914434/Asani_Nizari_Ismaili_Engagements_with_the_Quran_The_Khojas_of_South_Asia – for more context on this project, refer to this link: https://shiism.wcfia.harvard.edu/publications/nizari-ismaili-engagements-quran-khojas-south-asia

 

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