The Ismaili Constitution

The Ismaili Constitution gives a unifying structure of governance to all Nizaris and their religiously-based institutions, who are established in more than 25 countries and territories around the globe. Due to the differing social, economic, and political realities faced by the Nizari diaspora, the constitution has built-in flexibility, allowing various communities the ability to propose rules and regulations unique to individual communities, while retaining the overall unity of framework with all other communities, through detailed provisions within the constitution.

Book: The First Aga Khan: Memoirs of the 46th Ismaili Imam

The First Aga Khan: Memoirs of the 46th Ismaili Imam, by Daniel Beben

This book offers a new Persian edition and the first English translation of the Ibrat-afza, the memoirs of Hasan Ali Shah, the 46th Imam of the Nizari Ismailis and the first Ismaili Imam to bear the title of Aga Khan. The Ibrat-afza was composed in the year 1851, following the Imam’s departure from Persia and his permanent settlement in India.

The text recounts the Aga Khan’s early life and political career as the governor of the province of Kirman in Iran, and narrates the dramatic events of his conflict with the Qajar establishment in Iran and his subsequent travels and exploits in Afghanistan and British India. The Ibrat-afza provides a rare example of an autobiographical account from an Ismaili Imam and a first-hand account giving a window into the history of the Ismailis of Iran, India and Central Asia at the dawn of the modern era of their history. Consequently, the book will be of great interest to both researchers and general readers interested in Ismaili history and in the history of the Islamic world in the nineteenth century.

You can view an introduction and table of content of the book at this link to a PDF file.

Interesting Reading by Laura Navajas Espinal

An article we encourage you to read has a daunting name and a daunting description, but it is actually very interesting information.


The purpose of this paper is to present the Qumran conception of temple (eschatological temple and miqdaš ’adam) as an intermediate stage between the understanding of temple in Jewish eschatology and the Ismaili innerness of the “temple of light.” All of it in the frame of the conception of temple as Garden of Eden based in the “alternative memory” yielded by parabiblical priestly traditions.

Qumran; Ismailism; Judaism; Temple; Mysticism; Gnosi

Interesting Reading by James M. Dorsey

The IADC Inc staff often encounter interesting articles that we would like to recommend to all of our readers.

Today’s Staff Recommends is an article uploaded to titled Creating Frankenstein: Saudi Arabia’s Ultra-conservative Footprint in Africa by author James M. Dorsey, faculty member at Nanyang Technological University, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

James M. Dorsey
Nanyang Technological University, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Faculty Member
Creating Frankenstein: Saudi Arabia’s ultra-conservative footprint in Africa

There is much debate about what spurs political violence. The explanations are multi-fold. There is one aspect that I’d like to discuss tonight as it relates to Africa and that is the role of Saudi Arabia. Let me be clear: With the exception of a handful of countries, none of which are in Africa, Saudi Arabia, that is to say the government, the religious establishment and members of the ruling family and business community, does not fund violence. It has however over the last half century launched the single largest public diplomacy campaign in history, pumping up to $100 billion dollars…

Great Rabbis of the Muslim Empire

Published for The Jewish Virtual Library, a project of American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), the article Modern Jewish History: Great Rabbis of the Muslim Empire by Dr. Ezra Chwat is a proof of the existence of the Ismaili faith

“In 657, when Ali ibn Abu Talib — the fourth Caliph to rule after the death of Mohammed — extended the Muslim conquest into Iraq, he was greeted wholeheartedly by the Jews there, then the most important of the world’s Jewish communities. Ali saw the Jews of Iraq as a natural ally and granted them autonomy. This was the dawn of a new era of Jewish cultural creativity, one that lasted almost 600 years and was central in the development of Judaism.”

“The Lasting Contribution of the Jews of the Muslim Empire

For over 500 years, the Jews of the Muslim Empire enjoyed stability, prosperity and religious autonomy. As opposed to the oppressive atmosphere in Northern Europe, the Jews lived, for the most part, in a tolerant civilization, one that valued excellence in the arts, the sciences and trade. In these fields the Jews were welcome participants. Thus Judaism developed as part of society, not as a secluded ghetto-culture as was the case in Christian Europe. The cultural cross-pollination benefitted both sides. Because of the dialogue with Islam, the Jews became more aware of their philosophic and linguistic heritage. The new methods that developed in the vast Muslim Empire for the communication of knowledge and the codification of law were employed by the Rabbis in order to keep in contact with the ever-expanding Jewish Diaspora. Thus, they could preserve and sustain Talmudic Law, while creating new vistas of Jewish literature and thought which were instrumental in forming the structure of Judaism as it is today.”

Esoteric Interpretation of Islam

“Holy Scripture for Ismailis” are the Farmans, or Decree, made by His Highness the Aga Khan IV, from 1957 – 2009 (the end of his Golden Jubilee). The decrees are the esoteric interpretation of Quran and Islam in general.

Decree (Farmans) of His Highness Aga Khan IV

1. an official order issued by a legal authority. 

According to Aga Khan, the Quran is written in acronym AMPS (Allegory, Metaphor, Parable and Symbol) due to spiritual or esoteric interpretation of Islam and Ismailism.

Decree (Farmans) of His Highness Aga Khan IV (shadows)

The Bible The Quran and Science By DR. Maurice Bucaille

The Bible The Quran and Science By DR. Maurice Bucaille | Abubakar Surajo Ibrahim Kirare –

As a surgeon, Maurice Bucaille has often been in a situation where he was able to examine not only people’s bodies, but their souls. This is how he was struck by the existence of Muslim piety and by aspects of Islam which remain unknown to the vast majority of non-Muslims. In his search for explanations which are otherwise difficult to obtain, he learnt Arabic and studied the Qur’an. In it, he was surprised to find statements on natural phenomena whose meaning can only be understood through modern scientific knowledge. He then turned to the question of the authenticity of the writings that constitute the Holy Scriptures of the monotheistic religions. Finally, in the case of the Bible, he proceeded to a confrontation between these writings and scientific data. The results of his research into the Judeo-Christian Revelation and the Qur’an are set out in this book