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Institute of Ismaili Studies Welcomes Dr Shafique N. Virani as the new Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Virani achievements include awards from UNESCO, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Middle East Studies Association, the Foundation for Iranian Studies, Harvard University, the International Farabi Prize, and the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize. In addition, the AAR which is the world’s largest association of scholars in the field of Religious Studies and related…

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Virtual Open Day

Event – October 3 to November 6 | Aga Khan University, London, UK | Exhibition – The Political Aesthetics of Global Protest: The Arab Spring and Beyond

This exhibition marks the release of a new AKU-ISMC and EUP publication edited by Pnina Werbner (Keele University), Martin Webb (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and Kathryn Spellman-Poots (AKU-ISMC)​.  The Aesthetics of Global Protest: The Arab Spring and Beyond explores the aesthetic dimensions of the Arab Spring and worldwide protest movements from 2010. The exhibition, open to the public…

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Louis Vuitton Foundation hosts His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and other VIPs at its inauguration Gala

Last night at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, celebrating [its inauguration] and its recognition by the French government … Distinguished guests of the Paris VIP and other arts and business’ from around the world, [included] HE the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Nizari Ismaili (one of the first to arrive and more discreet), were hosted at the gala.

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Virtual Open Day

Event – October 22 | Aga Khan University, London, UK: The Yezidis of Northern Iraq: Catastrophe and Survival

The Yezidis, a religious minority located mostly in Northern Iraq, came to the attention of the world in August when Islamic state advances into Mount Sinjar forced many thousands to flee their homes amid summary executions and kidnappings. However, this is only one in a long series of persecutions remembered by a community which has…

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Virtual Open Day

Event – November 6 | Virtual: Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations MA in Muslim Culture

Find out about the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations MA in Muslim Culture. This virtual open day will give you the chance to engage with the Institute Director, MA Coordinator, faculty and students. EVENT: AKU-ISMC MA in Muslim Culture DATE: Thursday, Nov 6th, 2014 TIME: 13.00 (London) VENUE: Virtual Goto…

The essential guide to Muslim Britain

The essential guide to Muslim Britain

Anyone wanting to understand the profile and landscape of the new Muslim Britain should start here Excerpt: This complex mosaic is relatively new because most of the families and communities she describes arrived in the United Kingdom 40 or 50 years ago. The map is unrolled with great subtlety and sensitivity — there are no…

Ramadan at the Hounslow Ismaili Centre

Ramadan at the Hounslow Ismaili Centre

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government observes Ramadan at the Hounslow Ismaili Centre Eric Pickles joins the Hounslow Big Iftar It’s great to see the Ismaili Community Ensemble perform again, I saw them at a Nawruz gathering a couple of years ago which was another great performance. Islam arrived in the UK…

Rahman Jamal: Saving milk from spoilage in rural India - A thermal-battery powered cooling device could help farmers

Rahman Jamal: Saving milk from spoilage in rural India – A thermal-battery powered cooling device could help farmers

India has the highest number of undernourished people in the world. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that figure currently stands at 217 million and more than 30% of children are born underweight. Against this backdrop, lack of refrigeration in rural India is leading to millions of tonnes of fresh produce…

Community effort: Farida Bata and Zulfikar Hassam, both of Share A Smile, with some of their charity boxes

Sharing a smile to aid homeless | Leicester Mercury

The homeless in Leicester will benefit from care packages put together by local Ismaili Muslim volunteers.Volunteers spent Saturday packing donations for Action Homeless at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre in Hamilton. The work is part of the Share a Smile initiative which sees Ismaili Muslims volunteering their time during religious month of Ramadan.Amin Mawji, president…

Ismaili Muslim Community share a smile | Action Homeless

Ismaili Muslim Community of London share a smile | Action Homeless

Action Homeless have received a large donation of parcels thanks to a special Ismaili Muslim community collection which took place over the weekend in Leicester. The Share a Smile initiative which was held during the Muslim month of Ramadan, saw Ismaili Muslims volunteering their time to prepare parcels of essential items for vulnerable people in the local community. 350 people and families…

5000 families in the UK to receive aid through Ismaili Muslim community’s “Share a Smile” Campaign

5000 families in the UK to receive aid through Ismaili Muslim community’s “Share a Smile” Campaign

3 July 2014, London–Over 5,000 homeless families in the United Kingdom will receive a parcel of essential items through a new campaign known as “Share a Smile” developed by the UK Ismaili Muslim Community. The parcels, which include baked beans, sweetcorn and soup as well as essential non-food items such as toothbrushes, toothpastes and socks,…

Leicester Multicultural Association interviews Madat Ahamed, Aziz Moledina

Leicester Multicultural Association Presents Ugandan-Asian Exodus: Interviews Madat Ahamed, Aziz Moledina

The Leicester Multicultural Association presents: UGANDAN-ASIAN EXODUS Aziz Moledina discusses why he chose to live in Leicester, what the hardest thing was to leave behind in Uganda and his most shocking first impression of Leicester. Transcript: http://ugex.org/aziz-moledina/ Madat Ahamed describes family life in the village of Kumi, Uganda, his memories as a 10 year old…

Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

Live IIS Webcast: Launch of Two New Publications: Spirituality and Universality in Islam

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in conjunction with the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom requests the pleasure of your company for a reception and book launch event. The event will launch the following IIS publications by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic Prayer According to the Teachings of Imam Ali –…