Zohra Hemani receives Emerging Leader Award from Society of Women Engineers of USA

Zohra Hemani receives Emerging Leader Award from Society of Women Engineers of USA

Society of Women Engineers of USA (SWE) honor any woman engineer who has been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession, has demonstrated outstanding technical excellence as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments, and has 10 to 15 years of cumulative engineering experience. Zohra Hemani – Northrop Grumman Corporation. For bridging engineering and business…

Photo Gallery: Aga Khan Partnership Walk Houston

Thousands Walk to End Global Poverty: Aga Khan Foundation’s Partnership Walk in Houston, with Photo Gallery & Video

Farah Lalani for Houston Chronicle: Despite the challenging weather, over 4,000 participants raced 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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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…

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…

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…