Commentary :: Minority Religious Legal Identity within the Modern Nation State: A Case Study of the Ismāʿīlī Constitution

By Aleema Jamal In 1986, the Aga Khan IV promulgated a global Ismāʿīlī Constitution, which brought the social governance of the Ismāʿīlī community under one umbrella. It was envisioned as a document that could harness the best in individual creativity while creating an ethos of group responsibility. The Ismāʿīlī Constitution provides an example of the … Continue reading Commentary :: Minority Religious Legal Identity within the Modern Nation State: A Case Study of the Ismāʿīlī Constitution

Commentary :: The Aga Khan Case: An Example of the Law’s Role in Religious Identity Formation

By Aleema Jamal The Khoja Case, also known as the Aga Khan Case, is one of the rare cases profiling the Shīʿī Imāmī Nizārī Ismāʿīlī community (henceforth “Ismāʿīlīs”). Decided in the High Court of Bombay in 1866 by the Honorable Sir Joseph Arnould, this case was brought by a series of Ismāʿīlī plaintiffs who argued … Continue reading Commentary :: The Aga Khan Case: An Example of the Law’s Role in Religious Identity Formation

Commentary :: The Ismāʿīlī Constitution and the Modern Nation-State: A Case Study of Dispute Resolution in Kenya

By Aleema Jamal The two cases, Nurani v. Nurani and TSJ v. SJSR, exemplify the way in which the efficacy of the Ismāʿīlī community’s dispute resolution system is subservient to, and reliant upon, its relationship with the modern nation-state. The relationship between the Ismāʿīlī community and the state is especially evident when community members, who initially submit themselves to … Continue reading Commentary :: The Ismāʿīlī Constitution and the Modern Nation-State: A Case Study of Dispute Resolution in Kenya