Then and Now Pluralism through the Ages - In Conversation with Dr Abdou Filali Ansary

News 2010

​Then & Now: Pluralism through the Ages - In Conversation with Dr Abdou Filali-Ansary

June 3, 2010

​On Thursday, 3rd June, 2010, AKU-ISMC hosted a cluster launch event at the Ismaili Centre, London, to showcase its 3 series of academic publications.

Entitled, Then & Now: Pluralism through the Ages, the event featured a key lecture delivered by Dr Abdou Filali-Ansary, previously founding director and now Senior Professor at AKU-ISMC. An audience of over 150 people attended the event.

Dr Farouk Topan, Interim Director of AKU-ISMC, gave a brief introduction to the Institute and its role in creating a space for generating new ways of thinking about Muslims, their heritage and their traditions.

Sikeena Karmali Ahmed, Manager of Publications at AKU-ISMC then delivered a short presentation, highlighting the Institute's publications series and volumes.

In his address, Dr Filali-Ansary, examined the notion of Pluralism within the framework of knowledge construction and the historicity of the human condition. His lecture was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A, from which interesting discussions ensued.

Published in partnership with Edinburgh University Press, four of AKU-ISMC’s recent volumes are available across UK bookstores and online at

Razia Velji
Coordinator, Planning & Academic Development
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations