The Institute of Ismaili Studies, founded in 1977 and located in London, is a research institute dedicated to study of the Muslim world. One of the people involved with the institute is Dr. Shafik Sachedina, who is a well-known name within the Ismaili community.
In addition to researching Muslim society and culture, the Institute of Ismaili Studies is an important gathering point for and proponent of the Ismaili community. This community is made up of those who adhere to the values and beliefs of Shia’a Islam. The group is spread over more than 20 countries, and it is culturally diverse.
Shafik Sachedina’s role within the Institute of Ismaili Studies reflects the diversity of the community. He is responsible for coordinating the activities and programs of the community’s institutions. These institutions are spread out, encompassing 16 principal areas.
The institute offers a variety of programs. These serve a wide range of the community from the graduate level to programs for students who do not have previous experience in studying English. For the latter group, the institute offers programs such as Syrian Preparatory Program and the Khorog English Program.
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For graduate level students, the institute offers the Graduate Program in Islamic Studies and Humanities. This three-year course of study is focused on studying issues facing contemporary Muslims. It is designed to prepare students for a research degree and to open the door to a variety of career options.
Another program the institute offers is the Secondary Teacher Education Program. It is a two-year post-graduate program designed to train teachers. Those who complete the program receive an MTeach and an MA in Education, which are awarded by the University of London.
Sachedina is also the person at the institute who is responsible for interacting with the Aga Khan Development Network programs. The network was founded by Aga Khan III and Aga Khan IV, and it is made up of private, non-denominational development agencies. The network’s efforts are primarily focused on impoverished regions within Asia and Africa.
He is also involved in the institute’s governance. He is one of the sitting members of the Board of Governors.