Ginan Central

The word "ginan" is a derivative of the Sanskrit term jnan which means knowledge or gnosis. In the context of the Ismaili Muslim community, the term is used for the community’s collection of oral tradition of gnostic and devotional hymns. There are about one thousand known ginans that are attributed to various composers (referred to as Pirs/Sayyids) and vary considerably in length, language, and composition.

This overarching purpose of Ginan Central is to digitally curate ginanic sources and resources to facilitate research, learning, preservation and access of ginans.


This website is maintained by Karim Tharani, librarian and tenured faculty at the University of Saskatchewan.