Annual Imam Ali (as) Seminar

Date/Time Date(s) - 28/07/2013 / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Event Details

To Commemorate the Martyrdom of


The Spirituality of Imam Ali: Readings in the Nahj al-Balagha
Dr Mukhtar Ali

Aligning Human Action with the Divine Nature: An Approach to 
Improving the Quality of Life for those in Need
Farhana Mayer

Date and Time
Sunday 28th July 2013 at 2.00pm

Opposite Mumtaz RestaurantTube station: Baker Street

Sponsored & organized by the Ahmed Family in cooperation
with Muhammadi Trust


Dr Mukhtar Ali

Dr Mukhtar Ali studied at the traditional Islamic learning centres in the Middle East for a number of years
focusing on ethics, mysticism (irfan), philosophy and law, and subjects related to the study of the Quran. Dr
Ali then received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007, in the Department of
Near East Eastern Studies under the supervision of Professor Hamid Algar. His writings include
Foundations of Islamic Mysticism, which is a translation and commentary of Muqaddimat al-Qaysari, a
canonical text of mysticism (irfan) and The Principles of Correspondences, a contemporary work that
introduces the science and practice of physiognomy. His teaching includes courses in Arabic and Islamic
Studies at UC Berkeley and the University of Washington and has taught a course on ethics at the Graduate
Theological Seminary in Berkeley.

Farhana Mayer

Farhana Mayer works at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, as the Coordinator of the Graduate
Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) and is a lecturer in the Department of Graduate
Studies. Her subjects include Qur’an, scriptural exegesis (tafsir), Sufism and Shari‘a. Before her appointment
as the GPISH Coordinator, Farhana lectured on Sufism at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her
recent publications include an annotated translation of arguably the earliest extant mystical commentary on
the Qur’an, entitled: Spiritual Gems: The Mystical Qur’an Commentary Ascribed by the Sufis to Imam Ja’far
al-Sadiq and An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries: Volume 1: On the Nature of the Divine (co-authored
with F.Hamza and S.Rizvi). Farhana received her BA (1989) and MA (1992) in Arabic and Islamic Studies
from the University of Oxford, specialising in Sufi commentaries on the Qur’an.

Please note that Muhammadi Trust’s books will be available
for Sale at the venue