Ismaili Gnosis is a private organization dedicated to reviving Ismaili Muslim esoteric thought and intellectual discussion for today’s audiences. Our platform is run by a group of Ismaili scholars with academic training and graduate degrees in religion, philosophy, and Islamic studies. The website articles draw upon much of the Ismaili intellectual tradition of the past, including the writings of the Ismaili Imams, historians, philosophers, and poets such as the pirs, hujjahs, and da‘is.

Ismaili Gnosis is managed and operated by a team of 6 Ismaili academics who collectively hold PhD and MA degrees in Islamic Studies from Harvard, McGill, University of Chicago, Rutgers University, and Aga Khan University (ISMC). Ismaili Gnosis does not represent nor is related to any official community organizations or institutions.

Just like the Institute of Ismaili Studies publications, the content published by Ismaili Gnosis reflects the individual research, opinions, and perspectives of Ismaili Gnosis authors only. The over-arching inspiration, motivation and vision behind the Ismaili Gnosis project are:

  • Mawlana Hazar Imam’s critical guidance that we understand the faith within the context of our time.

  • The need for an intellectually satisfying, philosophically rich, and spiritually penetrating Ismaili theological discourse for contemporary sensibilities.

  • A thorough engagement with teachings of the intellectual Ismaili works composed by the contemporary and past Ismaili Imams, hujjats and Da‘is.

  • Henry Corbin’s pioneering research into Ismaili Muslim esoteric thought. Corbin once wrote, astutely: “To know the Imam of the Time and to recognize him through his disguise … is the great concern and preoccupation which mobilizes all the spiritual energies of a devout Ismaili.”

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Ismaili Gnosis is a private organization dedicated to reviving Ismaili Muslim esoteric thought and intellectual discussion for today’s spiritually inclined audiences.
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