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Simerg | Photo Essay: The Ismaili Centre – “Peace Through Prayer” and “A Splendid Reality”

Today marks the four weeks anniversary of the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum by Mowlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It is also three weeks since the Centre was opened for congregational prayers . Simerg continues to do a  phenomenal job of capturing this epic “moment” in the life…

Edmonton Journal | Mansoor Ladha - Offerings: Aga Khan Museum enhances Islamic values

Edmonton Journal | Mansoor Ladha – Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre, Toronto enhances Islamic values

“These centres serve to reflect, illustrate and represent the community’s intellectual and spiritual understanding of Islam, its social conscience, its organization, its forward outlook and its positive attitude toward the societies in which it lives.” – His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan at the foundation laying ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe The 17-acre site…

Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds: The Cargo of the Belitung Shipwreck

Aga Khan Museum Book Collection: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds: Paperback Edition debuts January 6, 2015

  In 1998 fishermen discovered a remarkable wreck of a 9th-century Arab merchant ship just off the coast of Belitung Island, Indonesia. The sunken ship’s amazing cargo included silver ingots, bronze mirrors, gold and silver vessels, and 60,000 glazed ceramics. As the oldest Arab ship ever found in Asian waters, the wreck is one of…

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, will house more than 1,000 items. Gary Otte / Aga Khan Museum

The National, Abu Dhabi | The new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is an oasis of calm and reflection

The architectural ensemble, a US$300 million (Dh1.1 billion) project realised without any state funding, is a gift from Canada’s Ismaili community, which numbers about 100,000, more than half of whom live in the Toronto area. Ismaili ties to Canada were strengthened in 1972, when the North American country absorbed many families … The Aga Khan has…

artnet News | Toronto Opens North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

artnet News | Sarah Cascone: Toronto Opens North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

The Aga Khan has been interested in increasing knowledge and appreciation of Islamic art among Westerners since his college days, when he realized that his fellow students couldn’t name a single Muslim artist. “The inspiration for art isn’t all that different, frankly, across civilizations and time,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “The goal should be to understand the art and…

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto - “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto – “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Shariffa Keshavjee of Nairobi, Kenya, in a beautiful and thoughtful piece for Simerg reflects on the newly opened Jamatkhana at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. She sees the establishment of each Jamatkhana, in recent and past history, as the planting of a seed of faith. Her poetic lines speak about the nurturing of the murid-murshid,…

Rizwan Mawani: Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Huffington Post | Rizwan Mawani: Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Exploring the Diversity and Complexity of the Muslim World With all the attention that has been recently showered on Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, which opened its doors to the public on September 18th, it is easy to forget there is another gem located on the same 17-acre site. This equally impressive structure is not overshadowed…