Esoteric Thought in Physical Form: The Aga Khan Campus in Toronto

Esoteric Thought in Physical Form: The Aga Khan Campus in Toronto

“Great architecture, like great art, captures esoteric thought in physical form.” – Imam Shah Karīm al-Husayni Aga Khan IV These architectural masterpieces commissioned by the Ismaili Imamat, such as the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Campus, are actually texts (nass) by which the Ismaili Imam announces his spiritual authority (walayah), instruction…

Ratish Nanda outside a Lodi-era tomb in Lado Sarai, New Delhi. Photo- Pradeep Gaur:Mint

Aga Khan Trust for Culture Rescuing India’s Monuments: From Delhi’s Humayun Tomb to Hyderabad’s Qutub Shahi Tomb – A conversation with Ratish Nandha

Nanda has become a healer of Delhi’s crumbling monuments. He has been involved in the conservation of more than 100 of them. And last year, the team led by the 41-year-old conservation architect finished restoring the Capital’s Humayun’s Tomb, the first of the great buildings raised by Mughals in the subcontinent. “Since we started preliminary…

The Road to Toronto (Societal): The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan's passion for parks and gardens

The Road to Toronto (Societal): The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan’s passion for parks and gardens

Next month the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park are expected to be officially opened. In anticipation of this landmark event, NanoWisdoms is pleased to present The Road to Toronto series in which, each week, we’ll focus on a different aspect of this multi-faceted institution. This week’s installment is on the…

Aleema Jamal: Leading Change - Laurier Project

Aleema Jamal: Leading Change – Laurier Project

Aleema completed her B.A. in International Relations and M.Sc. in Management Science & Engineering, from Stanford University. In her current role, Aleema is tasked with building the Laurier Project’s strategic direction and capabilities in support of its vision: to develop a project that will have long-term, transformational impact on the nation. The Laurier Project’s board…

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Tasneem Jamal: Uganda's Asian Exiles

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Tasneem Jamal: Uganda’s Asian Exiles

In 1972, Dictator Idi Amin expelled tens of thousands of South Asians from Uganda, many of whom had lived in the country for generations. Author Tasneem Jamal’s family was among those expelled. Her family fled to Canada along with thousands of others, an experience she chronicles in her novel “Where the Air is Sweet.” This…

Rumi Chunara: Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review

Rumi Chunara: Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review

Problem: Our systems for detecting outbreaks of disease are unreliable. Typically, word of outbreaks bubbles up as patients see health professionals, who report cases to authorities. Those authorities often can’t piece the reports together in time to prevent significant numbers of other people from getting sick. Solution: Rumi Chunara, a researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital…

Farrukh Valliani, president Aga Khan Council for the Central United States, at Dallas Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue

Farrukh Valliani, President Aga Khan Council for the Central United States, at Dallas Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue

DALLAS—Recently, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson hosted dozens of Dallas-area high school students for the 8th annual Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue held at the Southern Methodist University’s Owens Art Center. [...] Farrukh Valliani, president of the Aga Khan Council for the Central United States, addressed the students, highlighting that cultural diversity was crucial in today’s…