Sunday, September 28, 2008

409)The Length and Breadth of Dr. Azim Nanji's Contributions to the IIS, to the Worldwide Shia Ismaili Muslim Community and Muslim Ummah in General

This post is a direct result of the overwhelming number of visits my blog has received from many people on six continents for my previous post on Dr. Azim Nanji, one of the bright 'stars' in my night sky. I typed in the name 'Azim Nanji' on the Search Engine of the Institute of Ismaili Studies(IIS) website and out popped 155 records pertaining to his name. These would be a fair summary of Dr Nanji's academic contributions to the IIS during his 10 year tenure there. I cannot list the links to all 155 but I will select ones I think are representative of his tenure there. You can do this search for any of the other fine academics and others who work there, eg, Dr. Farhad Daftary, Dr. Alnoor Dhanani, Dr. Arzina Lalani, Dr. Mohammed Arkoun, Dr. Shainool Jiwa and many others.

The intellectuals who work at the IIS are a precious resource to the worldwide Shia Ismaili Muslim community and the Muslim Ummah in general. Their calling, their research, their teaching and their sharing of knowledge hearken back to these educational and learning metaphors and imageary exhorted to by the Noble Quran, the key words here being Read, Taught, Pen and Tablet:

Read in the Name of your Lord Who has created
He has created man from a clot
Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous
He Who has taught (writing) by the pen
He has taught man what he knew not

Nay but it is a glorious Quran
on a guarded tablet

In addition they are important instruments to impart that which our Imam talks about here:

"The Quran itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation"(Aga Khan IV, Louvre Museum, Paris, France, October 17th 2007).

Easy Nash

The Qur'an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
The Quran tells us that signs of Allah's Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives: Aga Khan IV(2007)
Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2006)
The first and only thing created by God was the Intellect(Aql): Prophet Muhammad(circa 632CE)