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Event – October 19 | Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Landscape Architecture in Muslim Societies

The Ismaili Centre Toronto presents an informative and engaging lecture by Professor Hashim Sarkis.  Using his emphasis on the integration of architecture with urban and landscape settings, Hashim Sarkis will give a talk about landscape architecture and its influence on Muslim societies, highlighting his work with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. EVENT: Landscape Architecture in…

ISMU-AKU at IC-TO

Event – October 17 | Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Aims, Directions, Programs and Publications of the ISMC at AKU

Learn more about the current work and publications of Aga Khan University’s (AKU) Institute for the Study of  Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) and the King’s Cross initiative, a major development of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in  London, UK. EVENT: Aims, Directions, Programs and Publications of the ISMC at AKU DATE: Friday, October 17th, 2014…

About the Prize | Moriyama - RAIC International Prize | A conversation with Raymond Moriyama

About the Prize | Moriyama – RAIC International Prize | A conversation with Raymond Moriyama

Find out what Raymond Moriyama tells MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani about why he created the new Moriyama RAIC International Prize. “While talking about how important it was for him to include student scholarships as part of this prize – and the future landscape of Canadian Architecture on the global stage – Ray Moriyama told me his…

Suleman Makhani: Exchange Student from Pakistan, adjusts to life in Montana, USA

Suleman Makhani: Exchange Student from Pakistan, adjusts to life in Montana, USA

Fifteen-year-old Suleman Makhani has experienced lots of firsts since he left his home and family 7,543 miles away in Pakistan. Boarding his first international flight in September, Makhani traveled from Karachi to Dubai and then on to Washington, D.C., Denver and Billings, becoming the first person in his family to visit the United States. After…

World Breast Cancer Awareness

World Breast Cancer Awareness Week: Aga Khan hospital hosts free breast cancer screening in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam. As part of events to commemorate the World’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week, The Aga Khan Hospital yesterday organised a free breast cancer screening and checkup for city residents. The camp saw more than 200 individuals get screened for breast cancer as well as receive counseling and it is part of the of…

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Virtual Open Day

Event – November 6 | Virtual: Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations MA in Muslim Culture

Find out about the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations MA in Muslim Culture. This virtual open day will give you the chance to engage with the Institute Director, MA Coordinator, faculty and students. EVENT: AKU-ISMC MA in Muslim Culture DATE: Thursday, Nov 6th, 2014 TIME: 13.00 (London) VENUE: Virtual Goto…

Esteemed architects Li Xiaodong shaking hands with Moriyama, founder of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize. (Image Courtesy: Alexandra Petruck/RAIC)

Archinect News | Reporting from [Aga Khan Museum] Toronto: Li Xiaodong wins inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize for the Liyuan Library

At the award gala held October 11 at the newly opened Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, there were two big surprises: the winning entry and the competition. First it seems amazing that such a small, modest building so far away could embody so many concepts we hold dear in Canada.  The design is resourceful, modest…

Wallpaper | Fumihiko Maki creates a minimalist, angular home for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto

Wallpaper | Fumihiko Maki creates a minimalist, angular home for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto

Every monumental museum is inspired by a great collection. In the case of the sparkling white-stone Aga Khan Museum, opening next week in the outskirts of Toronto, it’s the 1,000 Muslim texts, architectural elements, fountains, crystal, paintings and shahnameh, or epic poems, amassed by the holy leader of the Ismailis and his ancestors. When, in…

artlyst [London Art Network] | New Aga Khan Museum To Showcase Cultural Contributions of Muslim Civilisations

artlyst [London Art Network] | New Aga Khan Museum To Showcase Cultural Contributions of Muslim Civilisations

“We hope that this museum will contribute to a better understanding of the peoples of Islam in all of their religious, ethnic, linguistic, and social diversity.” – His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, address during the opening ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto & Aga Khan Museum,…

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, at the opening of the Ismaili Centre Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on Friday, September 12, 2014. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Times of India | Aga Khan Museum opens in Toronto

 “I encourage Canadians coast-to-coast as well as international visitors to tour these architectural marvels. I am certain the Centre and Museum will help to promote spirituality and deepen religious and cultural understanding and respect in Canada.” –  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking about the significance of the two new additions to Canada during the opening ceremony…

House & Home | The Aga Khan Museum

North America’s first-ever museum of Islamic art, the Aga Khan Museum, opened in Toronto last month to major critical acclaim. The museum highlights the diversity and history of Islamic culture through an impressive collection of textiles, ceramics, paintings and stone and metal work. Even if you’re not a museum person, the site itself is worth…

Aga Khan Foundation USA Chicago PartnershipsInAction Walk/Run September 8, 2013. Total time: 34:46

Body, Mind and Spirit | 13 year old, Imaan Ali’s refreshing perspective on why he runs

Imaan Ali, 13 of Hubble Middle School Wheaton, Illinois, is an unconventional kid. While his friends compete in baseball, basketball, football, soccer and other sports, he has taken a passion for running. And running he does well, clocking 5K runs within half an hour, constantly challenging himself and improving on his time. But running is…

A New Contribution to Ismaili Bibliographic Studies by Nawazali A. Jiwa

A New Contribution to Ismaili Bibliographic Studies by Nawazali A. Jiwa

To date, there have been two major bibliographies of secondary sources on Ismaili studies, namely Nagib Tajdin’s A Bibliography of Ismailism (Delmar, NY, 1985), and Farhad Daftary’s Ismāʿīlī Literature: A Bibliography of Sources and Studies (London, 2004). In a newly published article entitled “Addenda to Secondary Sources in Ismāʿīlī Studies: The Case of the Omissions,”…

Israt Velshi

Toronto Star | Editorial: Seven Toronto city council challengers worth supporting: Ishrath Velshi

Ishrath Velshi, Ward 26, Don Valley West. She’s a well-spoken candidate with a strong social conscience and years of behind-the-scenes experience at both city hall and Queen’s Park. Her campaign slogan, “Everyone deserves a voice,” speaks to the way many residents here feel marginalized. Velshi understands the ward, having worked for its out-of-touch incumbent, John…

Liyuan library interior (Canadian Architect)

AKAA laureate Li Xiaodong of China wins Canada’s new International Architecture Prize

The Moriyama RAIC International Prize awarded $100,000 to the Chinese architect and Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) 2010 laureate Li Xiaodong for the Liyuan Library at a gala for 350 people at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Barry Johns, the head of the prize’s selection jury, called it “a modest yet powerful building…

His Highness the Aga Khan delivering the commencement address at the American University in Cairo. - Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

Today is Eid-e Ghadir

Eid-e Ghadir, also known as Eid al-Ghadir Khumm, is an anniversary of special significance to all Shia Muslims. It commemorates the occasion at Ghadir Khumm when, by divine command, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) designated his cousin Hazrat Ali – husband of his daughter and only surviving child, Hazrat Bibi Fatima…

Images of some stamps and coins issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran between 1990 and 2010 commemorating the Idd-e-Ghadir. The inscriptions inlude the Shahada, Qur’anic ayats and the declaration made by Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir Khumm, “Mun Koontu Mawla, Fa Hada, Aliyun Mawla” meaning “He of whom I am the Mawla Ali is also the Mawla.” (Simerg.com)

Simerg | Ghadir Khumm in Images and Quotations

‘Id-e-Ghadir is celebrated by the Shi ‘ite communities to mark the event that took place at Ghadir Khumm. This event commemorates the designation (appointment by way of nass) of Hazrat Ali as the ‘Amir-ul-Mu’minin (commander of the faithful) and Imamul-Muslimin’ (the Imam of the community of believers) at Ghadir Khumm when the Prophet (s.a.s.) was…

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Did You Know: Islamic (Fatimid) Sicily was a Commercial Mecca in the Mediterranean Region

Did you know …  … that Sicily was a thriving commercial centre under the Fatimids? The Fatimid Caliphs were Imams of the Shia Ismailis, who founded their dynasty in North Africa. Named after the Prophet’s daughter, Fatima, the reign of the Fatimid Caliph-Imams, for almost two centuries, in North Africa and later in Egypt (973-1171),…