His Highness the Aga Khan at the 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan [Getty Images]

His Highness the Aga Khan strengthens continuing support to Afghanistan at the 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan

For the Ismaili Imamat and its Aga Khan Development Network, or AKDN as it is known, it is fundamental that the construction of civil society has been chosen as a national development priority in the Government’s reform agenda. The AKDN has been designed and grown specifically to support that goal, wherever we are present. We vigorously…

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Synergy: Knowledge Quarter launched at British Library – AKU part of 35 knowledge-based institutions

The Knowledge Quarter, a partnership of 35 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations based in Kings Cross, Euston and Bloomsbury, was launched on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at the British Library in London. The group will work together to share their information, ideas, research and innovation. Some of the members of the Knowledge Quarter…

Pakistan's Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif praises services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif praises services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world

LONDON, Dec 4 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday lauded services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world, particularly for the people of Pakistan in education and health sectors, poverty eradication, and socio-economic uplift of the poor. A large number of leaders from around the world have gathered in London to attend…

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Synergy: Germany bolsters support for East African Community via AKU’s Graduate School of Media and Communications

The East African Community (EAC), the federal government of German through its Development Bank (KfW) and the Aga Khan University (AKU) have signed an agreement to support the Graduate School of Media and Communications. The signing ceremony of the intergovernmental agreement for the new phase of GAVI programme in the EAC and the financial agreement…

Aga Khan Foundation, UK & European Commission Humanitarian Aid sign agreement to implement Disaster Preparedness Project in Central Asia

Aga Khan Foundation UK & European Commission Humanitarian Aid sign agreement to implement Disaster Preparedness Project in Central Asia

Dushanbe, Tajikistan October 31, 2014 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) under the auspices of its Disaster Preparedness Program (DIPECHO) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) United Kingdom signed an agreement to implement the eighth DIPECHO Project in Central Asia. Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) in Tajikistan and Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) in…

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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…

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Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor Delivers Papers at International Conferences

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor delivered a paper as part of the lecture series, Political Violence: Beyond the Secular/Religious Divide organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at Leiden University, Netherlands, on 19th September 2014. The paper, entitled Imaginative Anachronistic Leaps and Secular/Religious Myths of Terrorism: The case of Nizari Ismailis of…

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Event – November 13 | The Royal Geographical Society & Aga Khan University, London, UK | Cities in the Middle East and North Africa

This book launch, exhibition, talk by Dr Stephane Pradines​ (Associate Professor, AKU-ISMC) and documentary film screening is for those interested in the contemporary architecture, revitalisation of historical spaces, and modern life in cities in the Middle East and North Africa. Accompanied by live music by Maya Youssef (virtuoso kanun player) and refreshments, the evening offers a…

Event - November 13 | Institute of Ismaili Studies: Live Webcast - Pandora’s Sectarian Box: Myth and Reality by Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo

Event – November 13 | Institute of Ismaili Studies: Live Webcast – Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo: Pandora’s Sectarian Box: Myth and Reality

Dr. Amyn Sajoo, Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Study of Muslim Societies & Cultures at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, will present on what plagues Muslim societies today. From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, violent conflict over sectarian identities — primarily but not exclusively between Shi‘a and Sunni —…

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Virtual Open Day

Event – November 4 | Aga Khan University, London, UK | The Politics of Sectarianism in the Middle East

The Politics of Sectarianism in the Middle East By Dr Toby Matthiesen Research Fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge EVENT: The Politics of Sectarianism in the Middle East DATE: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 TIME:   5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m GMT VENUE: The Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study…

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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 – 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…