Farouk Ahamed appointed to Campaign Cabinet, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

Farouk Ahamed appointed to Campaign Cabinet, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

Farouk’s other community service involvements have included serving on the boards of the Freeport Hospital, the Social Planning Council of K-W, the Waterloo-Wellington CA Association and His Highness Aga Khan Council and Economic Planning Board, Ontario. Farouk provides transactional advisory services to growth oriented companies on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, recapitalizations and strategy and shareholder…

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Monocle Magazine | Faith Healer – Toronto’s newest cultural landmark: Aga Khan Museum

Visitors can see the Ismaili Centre’s Mecca-facing prayer hall – situated across the garden – in the windows above the Aga Khan Museum’s exit. “It’s the only view of the outside world from within the building. We created this corridor directly across the garden to pay reverence to it.” – Gary Kamemoto, Director, Maki and Associates.…

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Centro Ismaili, Lisboa – Ismaili Centre, Lisbon | A Profile in Portuguese Journal of Architecture

Ismailimail is excited to share an article about the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon in Diário de Arquitectura, a Portuguese Journal of Architecture. For the convenience of our readers Google translation is also provided. A few of the images are provided in the image gallery below and more are available at the source. Diário de Arquitectura Centro…

Event - November 26: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver | Shainool Jiwa - Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule

Event – November 26: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver | Shainool Jiwa – Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule

During their two and a half century rule (909-1171 CE), the Fatimid rulers, known as Imam-caliphs, developed a model of governance recognised both in medieval and modern times for its inclusivity. The lecture will discuss the extent to which Fatimid policy was the result of the interplay between doctrinal commitments and their lived experience, tempered…

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Religion & Ethics: PBS interviews Harvard University’s Professor Ali Asani on Recruiting Radical Muslims

It’s very easy for people who are marginalized to instrumentalize religious ideas, because very often religious traditions do talk about good versus evil, right? But it’s just a question of who you define as good and who you define as evil. – Professor Ali Asani, Harvard University Recruiting Radical Muslims Posted by PBS: Religion &…

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Sugar Land Mayor honors Salim and Sulaiman with a Certificate of Recognition

Mayor of Sugar Land, James Thompson awarded Salim and Sulaiman Certificate of Recognition for their many achievements and their support of charities and good causes. During the Salim-Sulaiman Live performance on November 16th in Houston, Sugar Land Councilman Harish Jajoo presented the proclamation from City of Sugar Land to the music duo. The brothers are…

The Neoplatonic Qur’anic Exegesis of Nāṣir-i Khusraw - Khalil Andani's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

The Neoplatonic Qur’anic Exegesis of Nāṣir-i Khusraw – Khalil Andani’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

Nāṣir-i Khusraw quotes or alludes to Qur’anic verses mentioning specific Divine Names and Attributes and reinterprets them as references to the Universal Intellect and Universal Soul as opposed to God. In this manner, Nāṣir effectively frames the Universal Intellect as “the knowing” (al-‘ālim), “the living” (al-hayy), “the powerful” (al-qādir), “the exalted” (al-‘alī), and “the eternal”…

Aston University, Birmingham, awards posthumous honorary degree to Dr. Roshan Thomas

Aston University, Birmingham, awards posthumous honorary degree to Dr. Roshan Thomas

Roshan Thomas (Posthumous Award) Roshan graduated from Aston University with a degree in Optometry in 1978. Over the years, Roshan used this training to serve marginalised populations in the developing world. With her ophthalmologist husband, Rahim, she volunteered in refugee camps in Pakistan. They then established a comprehensive eye clinic in one of the most…

Ismaili Health Professional Association USA and Canada train staff of Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa

Ismaili Health Professional Association USA and Canada train staff of Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa

Coastweek– Management Development Programme Organized by Aga Khan Health Services Kenya (AKHS), Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) USA, Ismaili Health Professional Association (IHPA) in partnership with London School of Economics (LSE) Aga Khan Health Service in conjunction with IHPA- USA and Canada and AKF have partnered with the London School of Economics to train Senior and…

Echoes of the Gnostics: Incorporation of Mythic Cosmology into Ismāʿīlī Thought - Paul Anderson's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

Echoes of the Gnostics: Incorporation of Mythic Cosmology into Ismāʿīlī Thought – Paul Anderson’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

While the inspiration of Neo-Platonism upon Ismāʿīlī philosophy has been much discussed, the archetypes strongly reminiscent of the ancient Gnostic movements have not. One such work of the ḥaqā’iq (“esoteric realities”) genre, to which little research has been devoted, is the 12th century C.E. Ṭayyibī thinker Ibrāhīm al-Ḥāmidī’s work, Kitāb Kanz al-Walad. Echoes of the…

Tasneem Jamal's debut novel "Where the Air is Sweet" to be released in May, 2014

Event – November 23 | Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Author Tasneem Jamal in Conversation with TV Host Omar Sachedina

This program will feature the Canadian Ismaili author’s debut novel, Where the Air Is Sweet. In a conversation moderated by Omar Sachedina. Tasneem Jamal will discuss the larger outcomes of the Ugandan exodus, integration and inclusion in Canada. EVENT: Where the Air Is Sweet: Tasneem Jamal in Conversation with Omar Sachedina DATE: Sunday, November 23,…

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…

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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…

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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…