Title

'The Other Shia: Ismaili development practice in an age of "radical Islam"'

Abstract

This paper addresses the limits of representation of Shia Muslim actors in IR discourse, and the benefits of development discourse within IR for broadening this representation. Preliminary results from a survey of journals in IR and cognate fields suggest that the profile of the Shia is overwhelmingly one of securitization, whereby Shia actors are the subjects (or carriers) of disruption in the international system – or, as a correlate – the objects of democratic reform. The Ismaili are an ethnically diverse community of Muslims situated within the Shia tradition of Islam. The present Imam is the Aga Khan Prince Karim al-Husseini. The paper problematizes the overly securitised representation of Shia actors via a study of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the domains of international development and diplomacy. The recognition of dynamic religious identities in the international sphere is thus explored.

Keywords

religion, international development, international relations, Islam, Ismailis, Aga Khan Development Network

Comments

Where possible the Link To Full Text button at the top of this page will link you to a full text version of this research output. Where, due to copyright or licence restrictions, it is not be possible to link to the full text version of this item the link will take you to the website of the copyright owner, who should be able to provide access to the output.

The University Library recommends the National Library of Australia TROVE search service to locate this research output within an Australian library.