A Philosophical Discourse: “Man The Ultimate Purpose of Creation?” 

Originally posted on Ismailimail:
In classical Ismaili cosmology, the first Existent Being that gets originated as a result of  the Divine Command is Universal Intellect, which is ‘One’ in its absolute form  but it also contains in its substance all things in their multiplicity. Intellect is not theoretically defined as God, but much of the…

Khalil Andani : Six Days of Creation – An Esoteric Discourse

In Ismaili thought, the Qur’an has both an exoteric outer meaning, called the zahir, and an esoteric inner meaning, called the batin. The Ismailis refer to the process of extracting the inner meaning (batin) of the Qur’an as ta’wil (a word which means “to lead back to the origin”).  Throughout Ismaili history, the ta’wil of…

Khalil Andani : Universal Intellect As The First Originated Being

Universal Intellect: The First Originated Being In classical Isma‘ili thought, the Universal Intellect (al-‘aql al-kull) is the First Originated Being which has come into being directly through God’s Word/Command. The Universal Intellect is the most perfect being in all existence and encompasses all realities. The Intellect is complete, self-sufficient and is the summit of all…

His Highness the Aga Khan’s vision on Education : Excerpts

Education must also make the case for a pluralistic tradition in which other views, ethnicities, religions and perspectives are valued not only because that is just and good, but also because pluralism is the climate best suited for creativity, curiosity and inquiry to thrive. It must also stimulate students to consider a variety of perspectives…