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Dr. Ismaili Reads What?

Our guest this month is Dr. Perwaiz B. Ismaili,  Assistant Professor in the School of Business and Technology.

Favorite or most influential books:

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Three Testaments - Brian Arthur Brown (Editor)
Call Number: BL410 .B75 2012
A very well researched book challenging contemporary understanding of scriptures and religions. Authors propose how different religious ideas, scriptures and symbolisms are influenced, informed and how they evolve over time as a reflection of lived context, and in mutual borrowings from each other.

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The Elements of Moral Philosophy - Dr. James Rachels
Call Number: BJ1012 .R29 1986x
An enlightening book where terse philosophical concepts are presented in an easy-to-understand language with subsequent cases for personal reflections. It forces the reader to reflect, rethink and reason with one’s own personal biases in applying suggested rational methodologies.

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Early Shi'i Thought: The Teachings of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir - Dr. Arzina R. Lalani
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir considered as one of most influential scholar of Islam, and leader (Imam) of Shii Muslims. He contributed significantly towards the formative understanding of religion and Shia theology, doctrines, rites and practices.

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Crossing the Threshold: Understanding Religious Identities in South Asia - Dr. Dominique-Sila Khan
A wonderful book challenges all the contemporary notions of intolerance between faiths, as a forced post-colonialism consequence of religious categorization by colonial masters. In a sub-continental Indian settings, author argues that although contemporary Hindus and Muslims consider themselves distinctly separate and at times antagonistic toward each other, however, historically they coexisted harmoniously, were more liminal and, seem to possess remarkably fluid religious identities, as either of these faiths would want to admit in recent times. Author proposes that the distinctly crystallized religious identities between Hindus and Muslims, as witnessed in the modern day India are historical by-products of forced religious categorization on census of unwilling laity by the colonial British Raj.

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Conceptual Revolutions - Dr. Paul Thagard
Call Number: Q175 .T4793 1992
An exceptional book applying concepts borrowed from various fields such as, cognition, psychology, philosophy and history to discern the theory behind scientific explorations and achievements. In a very accessible language author proposed the dynamics behind the formation of new concepts, systems and its novel applications in different scientific domains.

What are you reading now?
The Ismailis in the Middle Ages – Author: Dr. Shafique Virani

The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Author: Dr. Reza Aslan.

The Sociology of Islam - Author: Dr. Ali Shariati

Peak of Eloquence, Nahjul Balagha – (Compiled by: Sayyid al-Sharif al-Radi; Attributed to Ali ibn Abi-Talib – the first Shii Imam- as the original author)

Desert Island Book
The Memoirs of Aga Khan (Author: Aga Khan III. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954.)


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