Rethinking the Kalām-i pīr and Its Role in the Central Asian Ismāʿīlī Tradition - Daniel Beben's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

Rethinking the Kalām-i pīr and Its Role in the Central Asian Ismāʿīlī Tradition – Daniel Beben’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

…this paper challenges the interpretation which views the Kalām-i pīr primarily as a philosophical text; more broadly, it suggests a revision of the framework by which we understand both the legacy of Nāṣir-i Khusraw and the historical process of conversion among the Ismāʿīlīs of Central Asia. Rethinking the Kalām-i pīr and Its Role in the…

The Conversions of Hasan-i Sabbah - Shiraz Hajiani's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

The Conversions of Hasan-i Sabbah – Shiraz Hajiani’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

This story brought together the wazir Nizam al-Mulk, the poet Omar Khayyam and Hasan-i Sabbah in a childhood pact of blood brothers that the successful one amongst them would aid the others and that a betrayal of this by the Nizam led Hasan to convert to Ismailism. The Conversions of Hasan-i Sabbah by Hajiani, Shiraz…

mehfil e mousiqi

Event – November 29: Royal Alberta Museum | Mehfil-e-Mousiqi with Karim Gillani, Barkat Ali

Looking forward to perform along with amazing musicians from Calgary and Edmonton on Saturday Nov, 29th, at Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton Titled “Mehfil-e-Mousiqi: An Evening of Sufi music and Ghazal” featuring accomplished artists include Barkat Ali and Athar Shahzad. Accompanied by extremely talented team of musicians such as Altaz I (Keyboard),Deepak Paramashivan (Sarangi), Ojas Joshi…

Realpolitik & Sectarian strife: A re-appraisal of Fatimid rule in Syria - Shainool Jiwa's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

Realpolitik & Sectarian strife: A re-appraisal of Fatimid rule in Syria – Shainool Jiwa’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

Using Fatimid involvement in Syria during the reign of al-‘Aziz bi’llah as a case-study, this paper examines the extent to which religious ideology beyond realpolitik influenced Fatimid fortunes in the region. Realpolitik & Sectarian strife: A re-appraisal of Fatimid rule in Syria during the reign of the Fatimid Imam-caliph al-‘Azīz bi’llāh (365-386/975-996) by Jiwa, Shainool…

Rudy Karsan

Event – November 23: Economic Planning Board for Ontario | An Intimate & Interactive Conversation with Rudy Karsan

The Ismaili Business Professionals’ Association (IBPA), as a part of the Economic Planning Board for Ontario (EPBO) invites you to an intimate conversation with the Founder of Kenexa, Rudy Karsan. Mr. Karsan will speak of his experiences, including selling Kenexa to IBM for $1.3 billion. EVENT: Interactive Conversation with Rudy Karsan DATE: Sunday, November 23,…

Esoteric Explorations of the Sharī‘a, the path to the Divine: A Fatimid Exposition - Nadia Eboo-Jamal's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

Esoteric Explorations of the Sharī‘a, the path to the Divine: A Fatimid Exposition – Nadia Eboo-Jamal’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

Over the Fatimid period, a significant body of ta‘wīl literature was produced, much of which has only recently come to the attention of modern scholarship … The Kitāb Ta‘wīl al-sharī‘a, compiled and articulated by al-Qāḍī al-Nu‘mān on the authority of the fourth Fatimid Imam al-Mu‘izz li-Dīn Allāh, is one such work. Esoteric Explorations of the…

Laurie Thomson Photography: Ismaili Centre & Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Laurie Thomson Photography: Ismaili Centre & Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

With kind permission. Laurie Thomson is the organizer of Thomson Photography Group formerly on meetup.com and is a retired schoolteacher. Just an amazing building – absolutely love it (along with the Museum). The reflecting pools are brilliant!! Explore more amazing photographs from her at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lauriethomson/ Photography: Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre, Toronto Be the…

A Newly Discovered Treatise from the Earliest Fatimid Period - Professor Paul E. Walker's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

A Newly Discovered Treatise from the Earliest Fatimid Period – Professor Paul E. Walker’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

At some point close to or immediately after the advent of the Fatimids in North Africa, Abu’l-ʿAbbās, brother of the famous Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Shīʿī, was asked to compose an explanation of the stipulations governing zakāt and ṣadaqa … A Newly Discovered Treatise from the Earliest Fatimid Period on the Relationship between the Burden of Alms…

Fifth Global Centre for Pluralism Forum - India and Canada: pathways to inclusive citizenship

Fifth Global Centre for Pluralism Forum – India and Canada: pathways to inclusive citizenship

Why do some societies live together peacefully with diversity, while others struggle? On October 30, 2014, over 100 people joined the Centre to help us explore the sources of civic inclusion in India and Canada. GCP’s fifth Pluralism Forum featured Charles Taylor (McGill University, Canada) and Rajeev Bhargava (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies,…

Event - November 22-25 | Washington DC: 2014 Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Meeting with Ismaili Scholars

Event – November 22-25 | Washington DC: 2014 Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Meeting with Ismaili Scholars

MESA’s 48th annual meeting will commence in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on November 22-25, 2014. This year’s panel presentations feature several scholars from the IIS, Harvard and Indiana including Nadia E. Jamal, Shainool Jiwa, Paul E. Walker, Khalil Andani, Daniel Beben and others. Both Ismailism panels take place on Sunday, November…

Aga Khan University trains over 800 Ugandan head teachers in educational leadership and management

Over 800 Ugandan head teachers trained by the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development East Africa

Prof. Pauline Rea Dickins from the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development East Africa Monday handed over the exam results to the director of basic and secondary education, Hajj Yusuf Nsubuga at the ministry’s head office along Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala. “…we have a direct correlation, and we know that this is also coming…

Dr. Faiza Khoja named Associate VP Academic Affairs at University of Houston

Dr. Faiza Khoja named Associate VP Academic Affairs at University of Houston

From Ed Hugetz, UHD interim senior vice president of academic affairs and provost I am delighted to announce that UHD has named Faiza Khoja, Ph.D., as the associate vice president for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Khoja’s expertise in organizational management and leadership will be an excellent asset to the Office of the Provost. Her involvement with…

Salim-Sulaiman record music for their next film with Ismaili talent from Houston

Salim-Sulaiman record music for their next film with Ismaili talent from Houston

Salim Merchant: @salim_merchant Recorded a song for our next film 'UN-INDIAN' @rajpandit17 @SamiraNoorali @jstarzmusic @djscoop @kamalhaji — salim merchant (@salim_merchant) November 19, 2014 Samira Noorali: @SamiraNoorali So much fun recording with @jstarzmusic @djscoop @salim_merchant and my big bro @kamalhaji pic.twitter.com/pZQnDAmklC — Samira (@SamiraNoorali) November 19, 2014 Kamal Haji: @kamalhaji Awesome session with some amazing talent…

AKPIA-Harvard - Lecture Poster 2014-15 11x17 REVISED FINAL

Event – November 20 | Harvard University: AKPIA Lecture Series – Transmutations: Architecture and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railway Network

The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at Harvard University, holds regular forums on Islamic Art & Architecture. In this edition of the lecture, Peter Christensen presents on the theme Transmutations: Architecture and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railway Network. EVENT: AKPIA Lecture Series – Transmutations: Architecture and the German Construction of the…

The Conference of the Birds

Event – November 20-23 | Laurie Theater, Waltham, MA & LiveStream: Hafiz Karmali’s Directed, The Conference of the Birds

All the birds of the world declare the realm a mess and set out on a journey to seek their king, the Simorgh, a beautiful and benevolent bird of Persian myth. Their voyage through the deserts and valleys is laced with riddles and parables, deep spiritual questions and great temptations. Discover what lies at the…

Dr. Henna Budhwani: University of Alabama Analyzes Link between Race and Stress

Dr. Henna Budhwani: University of Alabama Analyzes Link between Race and Stress

Dr. Henna Budhwani, assistant professor in the department of health organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was published in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, which represents the most authoritative resource covering concepts, theories, and substantive topics relating to the study of health in our globalized, twenty-first…

Ikat shawl with painted inscription Cotton tabby with warp ikat pattern, ink, gold leaf Yemen 10th century 970.364.19 (ROM)

Event – November 19 | Royal Ontario Museum & The Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Looking for Women in Medieval Cairo: Imagined Histories and Historical Realities

During Fatimid rule, royal patronage, religious tolerance and commercial prosperity promoted the establishment and growth of a cosmopolitan urban society that brought to Cairo and the neighbouring city of al-Fustat women of varied religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Some of these women rose to become royalty while others left their mark as transmitters of learning.…