Paul Levy: Extremist Buddhists? Impossible!

I’ve seen this now a few times, watching friends titter (with some embarrassment, because they know it’s inappropriate) when they hear or read news reports about “extremist Buddhists” in Myanmar.  Why do they laugh?  Because the image of radical Buddhists engaged in genocidal-like behavior is inconsistent with my friends’ stereotype of Buddhists as calm and…

Religion and Faith | WonderCafe

Religion and Faith | WonderCafe

Late last week, our son’s best friend lost his grandmother, who lived at home with them. We’ve know the family for 9 years due to the kids’ friendship so Mrs. M and I attended the funeral. Thing is, they are Ismaili Muslims, so this was a Muslim funeral. Very, very different from Christian or secular…

Celebrating Respectful Diversity

Celebrating Respectful Diversity

“The Islamic ethic is that if God has given you the capacity or good fortune to be a privileged individual in society, you have a moral responsibility to society.” – Aga Khan, head, Islamic Ismailis worldwide Canada has welcomed a community of between 45,000 to 70,000 Ismaili Muslims as proud Canadian citizens. And this community…

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Nazli Siddiqui: Civil societies should look inwards when searching for solutions to conflicts

An overview of our polarized world today presents a scene strewn with strife, which is a becoming matter of widespread concern. However, discovering new avenues leading to the neutralization of this polarity, as explored by diversified groups and institutions, is an equally great source of consolation. One set of such solutions was presented at the…

Anshuman Pandey: Gujarati Orthography for the Transliteration of Arabic

Anshuman Pandey: Gujarati Orthography for the Transliteration of Arabic

Khoja communities such as the Ithnashari (“Twelver Shia”) and Agakhani use a convention for transliterating Arabic into the Gujarati script. It consists of adding diacritics to Gujarati letters which most closely approximate the Arabic sound being represented. Some of these diacritics are shown in the below excerpt of a printed version of the Quran in…

Shahzad Rupani: Once Upon a Life

Writing has been uprooted in Shahzad’s soul since his high school days. Shahzad is from Karachi, Pakistan and works For Jubilee General Insurance as a Management Trainee. Shahzad’s blog represents his thoughts about the mysteries of life, and its simplest form of perspective to see it in an angle a common man sees. His field…

Tajikistan: A rallying cry

Tajikistan’s poverty is numbing, its roads rotten, the vistas stunning and its people heartbreakingly hospitable, writes Jamie Lafferty. Excerpt: It’s a strange place, Khorog, a settlement of almost 30,000 wedged into a jagged valley peering over the Panj River, the southern border with Afghanistan. Hundreds of kilometres away from any other major town it has…

Through the High Pamirs: from Osh to Dushanbe

via theslowwayhome.blogspot.com – After eight days cycling, with one rest day in the village of Murghab, we reached Khorog, the busy riverside town that lies across the water from Afghanistan. The raging Panj river forms much of the Tajik-Afghan border and ultimately joins with the Vakhsh to form Central Asia’s vital artery, the Amu Darya…

Finding Tolerance in Akbar, the Philosopher-King | StudiesIslamica

via StudiesIslamica: Akbar the Great, ruler of most of South Asia in the 16th and early 17th century, rejected bigotry and made unprecedented moves to help non-Muslims feel at peace in his Mughal empire. In reflecting more closely upon his character and conduct, we can see how Akbar’s actions are antithetical to current discrimination and…

Ismailis: An Understudied Minority | A Little View of the World

By Morgan Bromhead, United Kingdom – Have you ever heard of the Ismaili’s? If so, do you understand their place within Islam? If your answer is yes to each of these questions you can be considered within the minority in the West. A fact which I consider mind boggling, especially when coupled with the knowledge that…

Aga Khan Foundation Canada | A Pinch of Philanthropy

Many organizations that I have researched are not necessarily looking at the long term impact of their involvement in other countries. The idea that we ‘swoop in’ and implement change can cause issues long term so I think it’s fantastic that the Aga Khan Foundation seeks implementable options that the local communities can continue independently.…