It’s Theology, Not Baseball: Misunderstanding Iraq’s Sectarian Conflicts

Article by Professor Amyn Sajoo

It’s Theology, Not Baseball: Misunderstanding Iraq’s Sectarian Conflicts | Religion Dispatches Overer a decade after the US-led invasion of Iraq, President Barack Obama has given an hour-long interview to the New York Times which recites the mantra of “inclusive governance” with no mention of religion. He did cite problems involving Sunnis and Shi’a — and…

Professor Karim F. Hirji publishes his memoirs "Growing up with Tanzania"

Professor Karim F. Hirji publishes his memoirs “Growing up with Tanzania”

In Growing up with Tanzania. Karim Hirji, a renowned Professor of Medical Statistics and Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Science, presents a multi-faceted, evocative portrait of his joyous but conflicted passage to adulthood during colonial and early-Uhuru Tanzania. His smooth style engages the reader with absorbing true tales, cultural currents, critical commentary and progressive…

Power and Passion, by Kay Tejani

Power and Passion, by Kay Tejani

It is a fictional story in which a young woman living in the ultramodern city of Dubai calls on a diverse cast of colleagues, friends, and family to plan the biggest event of her career. This book offers unique insights into diversity and empowerment that will get everyone connecting and talking. Dubai is the setting…

Esoteric Thought in Physical Form: The Aga Khan Campus in Toronto

Esoteric Thought in Physical Form: The Aga Khan Campus in Toronto

“Great architecture, like great art, captures esoteric thought in physical form.” – Imam Shah Karīm al-Husayni Aga Khan IV These architectural masterpieces commissioned by the Ismaili Imamat, such as the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Campus, are actually texts (nass) by which the Ismaili Imam announces his spiritual authority (walayah), instruction…

The Road to Toronto (Intellectual): The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan Museum

The Road to Toronto (Intellectual): The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan Museum

Next month the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park are expected to be officially opened. In anticipation of this landmark event, NanoWisdoms is pleased to present The Road to Toronto in which, each week, we’ll focus on a different aspect of this multi-faceted institution. This week’s instalment is on the intellectual…

Harijan village, Iran

Mysticism and the Plurality of Meaning: The Case of the Ismailis of Rural Iran

To what extent does mysticism require a withdrawal from the world? Is there a contradiction between the demands of contemplation and those of an active, responsible life? Is the mystical perspective antagonistic to the intellect? Rafique Keshavjee uses as a case study the Ismailis of rural Iran, whose ideas and actions question the notion that…

Karim Pirani

Karim Pirani awarded Cox-Just Prize at University of Chicago

Karim Pirani, the 2014 Cox-Just Prize recipient. Karim Pirani is a 2014 graduate of the College, where he majored in History and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. He researched and wrote his B.A. thesis, Nascent Activism in a New Asian American Landscape: Gender, Media, and Politics after Vincent Chin with the guidance of his faculty advisor, Matthew…

Ali Asani: Understanding Islam and Muslims Beyond the Headlines

Ali Asani: Understanding Islam and Muslims Beyond the Headlines

“God is beautiful and loves beauty,” said the Prophet Muhammad. Harvard’s Ali Asani explores various artistic and literary forms to open the sacred, complex, and culturally diverse worlds of Islam. “The arts help to humanize cultures where political discourse based on nationalist ideologies tend to dehumanize,” Asani says. This event took place October 29, 2013…

Authority without Territory: The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Authority without Territory: The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Forthcoming book by Daryoush Mohammad Poor, Research Associate, Institute of Ismaili Studies Authority without Territory: The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate Publication Date: September 2014 Examining the connection between the concept of authority and the transformation of the Ismaili imamate, Authority without Territory is the first study of the imamate in contemporary…

Professor Parin Dossa publishes new book "Afghanistan Remembers"

Professor Parin Dossa publishes new book “Afghanistan Remembers”

Summary: “Afghanistan Remembers: Gendered Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practice” has just been published by Dr. Parin Dossa, Professor of Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Professor Parin Dossa has paid tribute to two women from Canada, Roshan Thomas and Zeenab Kassam, who sadly lost their lives recently while helping in Afghanistan. Description: Although extensive…