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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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Event – November 20 | Brown University: Aga Khan VP Lecture: Amal Sachedina – Translating Tradition into Modernity

Amal Sachedina, the 2014/15 Aga Khan Visiting Professor (VP) in Islamic Humanities at Brown University will be presenting a lecture at the Watson Institute for International Studies on the topic Translating Tradition into Modernity: Refiguring Religion through Heritage Practices in the Sultanate of Oman. Amal Sachedina’s work contributes to debates about the modernist notion of…

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Salim-Sulaiman’s support of AKF USA to Help Alleviate Global Poverty finds tangible expression

For the last few weeks as Salim & Sulaiman’s North American Tour performance enthralled many so did their support benefit Aga Khan Foundation Canada and USA projects in addition to several other causes. Here is a tangible expression of their support! Image credit: Sunny Taj About Salim-Sulaiman North America Tour 2014 Iconic Bollywood musical duo…

Photos: Aga Khan Foundation, USA Houston PartnershipsInAction Walk/Run 2014

Photos: Aga Khan Foundation, USA Houston PartnershipsInAction Walk/Run 2014

@AnniseParker officiates the Partnership in Action Walk @NeighborHOU Aga Khan Foundation. Cold morning warm hearts. pic.twitter.com/vHkdGhukhe — Sacha (@SachaLazarre) November 15, 2014 Rafiq Maredia Pictures – PartnershipsInAction 2014 – Southwest (Houston, Texas). Sunny Taj Pictures – PartnershipsInAction 2014 – Southwest (Houston, Texas). Suleman Lalani Pictures – PartnershipsInAction 2014 – Southwest (Houston, Texas). Twitter – @svirani97…

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Event – November 16 | Salim-Sulaiman Live 2014 Tour – North America: Houston Performance to benefit Aga Khan Foundation Projects

Come enjoy an evening of outstanding musical performance and support a worthy cuase. 100% of net proceeds for the Salim Sulaiman Concert goes directly to projects supported by the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. to end poverty in Africa and Asia. The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. is a private, non-denominational, not-for-profit international development organization committed to…

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Join Aga Khan Foundation, USA & Greater Houston Area Volunteers for PartnershipsInAction Walk/Run at Sam Houston Park

HOUSTON, TEXAS – On Saturday, November 15, 2014, around 7,000 participants will race to end global poverty in the annual Houston Partnership Walk at Sam Houston Park. The Houston Partnership Walk/Run is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in…

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Event – November 14 & 16 | Salim-Sulaiman Live 2014 Tour – North America: Texas Performances to benefit Focus Humanitarian Assistance & Aga Khan Foundation

Salim and Sulaiman are in Texas this weekend to excite and inspire their fans and thrill Texans with their performance. With sold out performances in virtually every center – Vancouver, San Jose, Calgary and Toronto, the duo are in San Antonio today and Houston on Sunday with a Saturday performance in Atlanta. These set of…

Citizenship Month 2014: Message from Aftab Ghesani, President Ismaili Council, Southwestern United States

Citizenship Month 2014: Message from Aftab Ghesani, President Ismaili Council, Southwestern United States

A 30-second public service announcement produced by HTV Houston Television on what it means to be a U.S. citizen. This PSA features Aftab Ghesani, President Ismaili Council of the Southwestern United States. Click here for related: Citizenship Month — celebrating the many faces of Houston – Paderborner ‘SJ’ Blog Be the First to Know –…

Aga Khan Foundation Press Conference at Houston City Hall

Aga Khan Foundation Press Conference at Houston City Hall

Dr. Bill Flores, President of University of Houston talks about Aga Khan Foundation PartnershipInAction Farah Lalani, Media Coordinator, Aga Khan Foundation USA, Volunteer Team for Southwest Region AKF USA Volunteer Team Southwest Region Chair invites participation in Walk to end global poverty rotunda Houston City Hall Houston Mayor Annise Parker introduces board of Aga Khan…

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Event – November 14 | Salim-Sulaiman Live 2014 Tour – North America: San Antonio

Ahead of Salim-Sulaiman’s Live Performance tomorrow, they share a special message for their fans in San Antonio … Watch the video! EVENT:  Salim & Sulaiman North American Tour DATE: Friday, November 14th, 2014 TIME: 8:45 p.m. Local Time VENUE:Laurie Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas More at  Salim and Sulaiman Live About Salim-Sulaiman North America Tour 2014 Iconic Bollywood…

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Event – November 15 | Salim-Sulaiman Live 2014 Tour – North America: Atlanta Performance to Benefit Various Causes & Charities

Salim and Sulaiman arrived earlier this evening in Atlanta, Georgia ahead of their show this weekend. With sold out performances in virtually every center – Vancouver, San Jose, Calgary and Toronto, the duo embark on the next leg of their North American tour zig-zagging across five US cities. But performance is not the only thing…

Yale Welcome

Event – November 11 | Yale University: Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture: Encounters with Modernity in the Arab World

Encounters with Modernity in the Arab World Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver the Dallah Albaraka Lecture on Islamic Law & Civilization. EVENT: Dallah Albaraka Lecture on Islamic Law & Civilization DATE: November 11, 2014 TIME: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM EST VENUE: Yale University, Sterling Law…

Lessons learned, reflections, and advice from Harvard Student Leader Leila Pirbay

Lessons learned, reflections, and advice from Harvard Student Leader Leila Pirbay

Jason Ma, Contributor Forbes.com – In this article, I would like to help enlighten motivated high schoolers, college and university students, and parents by sharing some lessons learned, reflections, and advice from a dynamic college student leader. In the elite private college and university world, high achievers with notable accomplishments and experiences abound. One of…

Innovations are accelerants to social impact - Faizal Karmali, Rockefeller Foundation

Innovations are accelerants to social impact – Faizal Karmali, Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation hardly needs an introduction in the world of social innovation. The Rockefeller Foundation is one of the first institutional philanthropic organizations. The Foundation is now diversifying its engagement with people and organizations in terms of innovation. Faizal Karmali is the Associate Director of Innovation at the Rockefeller Foundation. At BRAC Frugal Innovation Forum held…

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Event – November 13 | Florida International University | Islam and Authority in the Global World: Karim Aga Khan and the Ismaili Community

Florida International University – School of International and Public Affairs presents a lecture by Professor Michel Boivin on the topic of Islam & Authority in the Global World: Karim Aga Khan and the Ismaili Community. EVENT: School of International and Public Affairs: Islam & Authority in the Global World: Karim Aga Khan and the Ismaili Community. SPEAKER:…

Bare Bateshewala Mahal

US fund gives forgotten Mughal tomb new life

NEW DELHI: During his November 2010 visit, US President Barack Obama was hugely impressed with the architectural style of Humayun’s Tomb. Soon after, American Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation decided to fund conservation of Bare Bateshewala Mahal, a forgotten Mughal-era tomb within walking distance of the late 16th-century World Heritage Site. Built in the late…

Mayor Annise Parker Invites Houstonians to the Aga Khan Foundation’s Partnership Walk

Mayor Annise Parker Invites Houstonians to the Aga Khan Foundation’s Partnership Walk

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Mayor Annise Parker invited Houstonians to participate in the Aga Khan Foundation’s Partnership Walk/Run to be held on Nov. 15 at Sam Houston Park. “Partnership Walk is one of the largest activities which we will do during the Citizenship Month,” said Mayor Parker, as she encouraged the Aga Khan Foundation’s efforts in helping…