Incorporating pluralism at Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa

In our school, Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, we try and incorporate the strand “Pluralism” into our curriculum. For kids in the primary years program, the concept can be nebulous and hard to grasp.For adults, it is a concept that has scope for many different interpretations (which is a message quite explicitly stated in the video).Watching…

Ismailis: From Yemen to India and back

The Bohemian and The Bulbul: Journeys in the Middle East (and further east), by Mira Baz Excerpt: Abbas Hamdani, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, writes that Da’i Hatim was a writer, a versatile poet and an organizer of the faith. The da’i modified and formalized the structure of the Ismaili da’wa…

Aga Khan Museum has best social media

I was asked recently which nonprofit organization I thought had the best social media. I normally answer with one of the local powerhouses, like SickKids Foundation, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Alexander Neef (yes, he’s an individual, but he presents himself as an extension of the Canadian Opera Company, and…

New Website/Blog by Alnoor Merchant: StudiesIslamica

Following the launch of ArtsIslamica, and the positive feedback received, a new website blog StudiesIslamica has been created. The link is: http://studiesislamica.wordpress.com StudiesIslamica features critical essays, research articles, scholarly reviews, commentaries and interviews on various academic fields related to the worlds of Islam. These contributions provide insights into the diversity of voices and visions of…

Love is the Imam

For us, love is the imam; the heart is the Congregation. Our qible is the face of the Beloved; our prayer is continuous. More Abdur Rahman’s Corner.

Rahim Shivji’s Blog: Loss

When I think of our purpose in terms of existence and the universe I am led to an inescapable fact… That fact is that there must be a reason… After all, what kind of All-Merciful God would separate us from happiness and perfection to put us here without a good reason? Now, I have discussed…

Shamir Alibhai: Film 3.0: The Intersection of Technology and Film | Doha Film Institute

Shamir Allibhai: Film 3.0: The Intersection of Technology and Film | Doha Film Institute

Shamir Allibhai is the producer of the documentary: AN ISLAMIC CONSCIENCE: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis. Here is an all-inclusive link: http://ismailimail.wordpress.com/category/islamic-conscience/ By Shamir Allibhai Innovative independent filmmakers have always had to use a bit more ingenuity and tenacity to raise funding, make their movie, get it into the marketplace, and succeed in this…

Dasond: A Joyful Dance | Sojourn

Dasond: A Joyful Dance | Sojourn

Excerpt: Du’a and Dasond are both obligatory and inseperable in the Ismaili Tariqah of Islam. Together they constitute the Cycle of Sustenance in the physical world. One without the other is simply incomplete. Du’a, symbolized by the Whirling Dervish’s upward-facing right palm, is a spiritual gesture to ask for and receive sustenance from the Sustainer…

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Sabrina Lakhani: A Higher Purpose | Sojourn

As a westerner in the midst of a war zone, I always wondered why such great emphasis was placed on restoring Bagh-e-Babur (Gardens of Babur) in 2002, in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan. When I visited Bagh-e-Babur in 2010, I remember thinking, “Wow, people risked their lives to restore this garden, but why? What will…