Harvard News: Asani named professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Culture

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 8, 2009–Ali Asani, a scholar of Islamic cultures and a gifted teacher of South Asian languages, has been appointed professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2008. Asani, 53, was previously professor of the practice of Indo-Muslim languages and culture.…

The Other Muslim: The affluence of Dawoodi Bohras of Gujarat and the Ismailies of Mumbai deconstruct the myth of Muslims as a poor and marginalised community

The Sunday Indian’s Cover Feature: Dr Nuruddin Hirani sheds some light on the history of Ismailis: “We came to Mumbai between 1801 and 1810. In the early 19th century, Agha Hasan Ali Shah arrived in India and settled in Mumbai. This attracted people from across the world who followed suit and settled in the area…

Organs can be repaired outside the body – New technique pioneered by Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

Shared by Easy Nash: http://gonashgo.blogspot.com/ Organs can be repaired outside the body “To see these lungs that are damaged and 12 hours later are perfect is fascinating,” said Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, who headed the project. “Worldwide, this strategy could easily double the number of lung transplants that are done … It’s a phenomenally exciting advance.“…

November 5, 2007: Opening of the Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre

UBC President Stephen J. Toope officially opened the Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre on October 4th, 2007. Funded through a generous donation from Abdul and Hanifa Ladha and by contributions from all Science undergraduate students and the university, the centre provides a welcoming space for our 6,600 Science students to gather, exchange ideas and engage…

Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive

By: The Citizen Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive “This is a way for youth to help locally,” says Aga Khan Youth and Sports organization member Sophia Dayani. The group’s Blood and Bone Marrow Drive for American Red Cross held Sunday at the South Jamatkhana worship center on Flat Creek Trail just outside…

Taj Mitha appointed IDLO Afghanistan Representative

Summary: Taj Mitha, who has had extensive involvement with His Highness the Aga Khan’s Secretariat and the Aga Khan Development Network, has been appointed as Afghanistan representative of the International Development Law Organization. (www.idlo.int ). Press Release Rome – November 7, 2008 “IDLO (International Development Law Organization) is an international, inter-governmental organization with a mandate…

Houston: Volunteers aid in Thanksgiving Day “Superfeast”

By TERRI LANGFORD Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle Nov. 27, 2008, 3:06PM –excerpt– Hermann Square and Tranquility Park for the 24th Annual Waste Management Superfeast, a free Thanksgiving meal for those without means or simply those individuals without a place to go for the holiday. — Two Sugar Land teens — Farah Ladha, 17 and Alysa…

Embassy Magazine chronicles return of Alykhan Velshi to Minister Jason Kenney’s office

Jason Kenney, the new minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, now has a significantly expanded staff. He has also made some key changes at the top. Mr. Kenney’s interim chief of staff is Darrel Reid. His former chief of staff Tenzin Khangsar has been reassigned to the newly-created position of director of multiculturalism, a move…

Alykhan Velshi moves back into Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Hon. Jason Kenney’s Office

Alykhan Velshi, former director of Parliamentary affairs to Mr. Baird has now joined the office of the newly minted Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Minister Hon. Jason Kenney (Calgary Southeast, Alta.). Mr. Velshi, who moved to Mr. Baird’s office prior to the last federal election has now returned to Mr. Kenney’s office as Director of…

Charter for Compassion – TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong’s wish to change the world

Professor Ali Asani is in Charter’s Council. People of all nations, all faiths, all backgrounds, are invited to contribute. By recognizing that the Golden Rule is fundamental to all world religions, the Charter for Compassion can inspire people to think differently about religion. This Charter is being created in a collaborative project by people from…

Children’s Hope Foundation annual charity partners with InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Children’s Hope Foundation (CHF), a humanitarian organisation working towards the welfare of underprivileged children across the world, has gained strong support from the local community of Dubai for its upcoming annual Charity Ball on November 6, 2008. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, one of the newest five star hotels in the city, has extended its support…

Dr. Mohamud A. Verjee, MBChB

Dr Mohamud A. Verjee, BSc (Hons), MBChB, DRCOG, CCFP, formerly a Clinical Associate Professor in family medicine at the University of Calgary, Alberta, became the inaugural Director of Primary Care at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in July 2007. Upon joining Cornell, he was invited to assume leadership as the Director of Clinical Skills,…

The Ismaili community of Hunza celebrated October 23 with traditional fervour

Hunza, October 24: The Ismaili community of Hunza celebrated October 23 with great zeal and fervour to mark the first visit of the Ismaili Iman (spiritual leader) to Hunza on October 23, 1960. In this regard different programmes were organised in all villages of Hunza. Major events in Upper Hunza (Gojal) were organised on October…

Tajik Athletes Win 12 Medals In Asian Arm-Wrestling Championship in Almaty

3 October 2008 / Asia-PLUS Daily Blitz DUSHANBE, October 3, 2008, Asia-Plus /Shavkat Rahmatulloyev/ — Tajik athletes have won 12 medals, including three gold, four silver and five bronze medals, in the 7th Asian Arm-Wrestling Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The competition was held on September 26-28 and athletes from nine countries, including Japan, Iran, Mongolia,…