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…

His Highness Aga Khan - corner kick

Sports Diplomacy: Defining the Series

di·plo·ma·cy (noun) the art, practice and skill of handling affairs in maintaining good relations with all without arousing hostility The year 2014 heralds to be a banner year for international sports competitions around the world. Earlier in the year, we celebrated the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and now on the heals of…

Roshan Afghan Premier League champions

Sports Diplomacy: Roshan unites Afghanistan through Soccer – “Nazdiq Shodhan”

Through football and sports, Roshan is continuing to bring Afghanistan’s various peoples closer … celebrating Afghanistan’s many talents … uniting the country, one match after another. – Nazdiq Shodhan (Bringing You Closer)   Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, has a reputation for excellence, innovation and service. The recipient of more than two dozen international honors, the company has…

TSC President Altaf Hirani with the winning Team Tanzania enjoying the SCWC 2014 trophies.

Sports Diplomacy: Altaf Hirani’s Tanzania based team brings home the Street Child World Cup from Rio!

Altaf Hirani’s efforts yield dividends in Brazil as Tanzania Street Children Sports Academy trained team wins the 2014 Street Child World Cup. Hirani was delighted with the outcome and the progress made since the last Street Child World Cup in South Africa. Held ahead of each FIFA World Cup, the Street Child World Cup (SCWC) and Save the…

Zul Abdul, President - Ismaili Council for Kenya in conversation with Prince Hussain Aga Khan

Sports Diplomacy: Reminiscing the Golden Jubilee Games: Celebration Through Sport – “Goal Saving Ovation”

Flashback: Soccer in the Spotlight The football (soccer) team from the United Arab Emirates received a standing ovation from the crowd as well as its opponent, Team Canada, after two spectacular saves by their goalkeeper. The Canadians scored four times shortly after half-time giving them an insurmountable 4-0 lead. Both teams knew the likely outcome…

NA Ismaili Games Flyer

Sports Diplomacy: North American Ismaili Games 2014: Jamats strengthening bonds of friendship through competition and seva

This Labor Day weekend, Chicago will play host to hundreds of athletes from across Canada and USA, cheered on by their families and friends as they compete in the very first North American Ismaili Games (NAIG). The much-anticipated tournament is a platform to showcase our communities’ talented men and women, competiting in dance and over a dozen sports. The festivities are…

Simerg.com: Reading for the Holy Night of Lailat al-Qadr

Simerg.com | Reading for the Holy Night of Lailat al-Qadr

Laylat al-Qadr is the auspicious night when the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) first received the revelation of the Holy Qur’an, thereby conferring upon him the mantle of prophethood at the age of forty. The Shia Ismaili Muslims observe Laylat al-Qadr on the 23rd night of Ramadan, in keeping with traditions received through Hazrat Ali (a.s.) and his wife Hazrat…