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A Semiotics of Infinite Translucence: The Exoteric and Esoteric in Ismaili Muslim Hermeneutics

Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2015
Date Published  2015
Authors  Karim, Karim H.
Original Publication  Canadian Journal of Communication
Volume  Vol 40
Issue  (2015)
Pagination  11-28
Publisher  Canadian Journal of Communication
Key Words  Islam; Hermeneutics; Semiotics; Public sphere; Private sphere
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The complex juxtaposition of private practice and public visibility/invisibility
of contemporary Ismaili Muslims has certain parallels with other religious communities, but
it exhibits unique features. This community adheres to an esotericism that has shaped its
hermeneutic and communication practices. In a seeming paradox, the group is also extensively
engaged in the public sphere. However, its communal institutions are limiting the dissemination
of texts pertaining to the religious addresses and biography of the group’s leader,
Aga Khan IV. He is instead increasingly turning to architecture to communicate the community’s
worldview through a symbolic use of design


A Semiotics of Infinite Translucence: The Exoteric and Esoteric in Ismaili Muslim Hermeneutics

The complex juxtaposition of private practice and public visibility/invisibility of contemporary Ismaili Muslims has certain parallels with other religious communities, but it exhibits unique features. This community adheres to an esotericism that has shaped its hermeneutic and communication practices. In a seeming paradox, the group is also extensively engaged in the public sphere. However, its communal institutions are limiting the dissemination of texts pertaining to the religious addresses and biography of the group’s leader, Aga Khan IV. He is instead increasingly turning to architecture to communicate the community’s worldview through a symbolic use of design

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