Event - November 26: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver | Shainool Jiwa - Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule

Event – November 26 | Simon Fraser University, Vancouver: Shainool Jiwa – Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule

During their two and a half century rule (909-1171 CE), the Fatimid rulers, known as Imam-caliphs, developed a model of governance recognised both in medieval and modern times for its inclusivity. The lecture will discuss the extent to which Fatimid policy was the result of the interplay between doctrinal commitments and their lived experience, tempered…

PBS-RnE - Ali Asani - Recruiting Radical Muslims

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…

Ismaili Health Professional Association USA and Canada train staff of Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa

Ismaili Health Professional Association USA and Canada train staff of Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa

Coastweek– Management Development Programme Organized by Aga Khan Health Services Kenya (AKHS), Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) USA, Ismaili Health Professional Association (IHPA) in partnership with London School of Economics (LSE) Aga Khan Health Service in conjunction with IHPA- USA and Canada and AKF have partnered with the London School of Economics to train Senior and…

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…

Tasneem Jamal's debut novel "Where the Air is Sweet" to be released in May, 2014

Event – November 23 | Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Author Tasneem Jamal in Conversation with TV Host Omar Sachedina

This program will feature the Canadian Ismaili author’s debut novel, Where the Air Is Sweet. In a conversation moderated by Omar Sachedina. Tasneem Jamal will discuss the larger outcomes of the Ugandan exodus, integration and inclusion in Canada. EVENT: Where the Air Is Sweet: Tasneem Jamal in Conversation with Omar Sachedina DATE: Sunday, November 23,…

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…

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Event – November 29: Royal Alberta Museum | Mehfil-e-Mousiqi with Karim Gillani, Barkat Ali

Looking forward to perform along with amazing musicians from Calgary and Edmonton on Saturday Nov, 29th, at Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton Titled “Mehfil-e-Mousiqi: An Evening of Sufi music and Ghazal” featuring accomplished artists include Barkat Ali and Athar Shahzad. Accompanied by extremely talented team of musicians such as Altaz I (Keyboard),Deepak Paramashivan (Sarangi), Ojas Joshi…

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…

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Event – November 23 | Economic Planning Board for Ontario: An Intimate & Interactive Conversation with Rudy Karsan

The Ismaili Business Professionals’ Association (IBPA), as a part of the Economic Planning Board for Ontario (EPBO) invites you to an intimate conversation with the Founder of Kenexa, Rudy Karsan. Mr. Karsan will speak of his experiences, including selling Kenexa to IBM for $1.3 billion. EVENT: Interactive Conversation with Rudy Karsan DATE: Sunday, November 23,…

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…

Laurie Thomson Photography: Ismaili Centre & Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Laurie Thomson Photography: Ismaili Centre & Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

With kind permission. Laurie Thomson is the organizer of Thomson Photography Group formerly on meetup.com and is a retired schoolteacher. Just an amazing building – absolutely love it (along with the Museum). The reflecting pools are brilliant!! Explore more amazing photographs from her at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lauriethomson/ Photography: Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre, Toronto Be 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…

Fifth Global Centre for Pluralism Forum - India and Canada: pathways to inclusive citizenship

Fifth Global Centre for Pluralism Forum – India and Canada: pathways to inclusive citizenship

Why do some societies live together peacefully with diversity, while others struggle? On October 30, 2014, over 100 people joined the Centre to help us explore the sources of civic inclusion in India and Canada. GCP’s fifth Pluralism Forum featured Charles Taylor (McGill University, Canada) and Rajeev Bhargava (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies,…

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…

Aga Khan University trains over 800 Ugandan head teachers in educational leadership and management

Over 800 Ugandan head teachers trained by the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development East Africa

Prof. Pauline Rea Dickins from the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development East Africa Monday handed over the exam results to the director of basic and secondary education, Hajj Yusuf Nsubuga at the ministry’s head office along Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala. “…we have a direct correlation, and we know that this is also coming…

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…