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Event – March 26 | Institute of Ismaili Studies Lecture: Words of Power – Hurufi Teachings Between Shi‘ism and Sufism in Medieval Islam

This lecture will focus on the mystical and messianic movement that came to be known under the name of Ḥurūfīyya, meaning ‘letterists’, which was founded in Iran in the second half of the 8th/14th century by Faḍl Allāh Astarābādī (d. 796/1394). EVENT: Words of Power – Hurufi Teachings Between Shi‘ism and Sufism in Medieval Islam…

Event – March 26 | Aga Khan University, London, UK | Cordoba, the Umayyad Capital of al-Andalus: Latest Archaeological Researches

Event – March 26 | Aga Khan University, London, UK | Cordoba, the Umayyad Capital of al-Andalus: Latest Archaeological Researches

For years, the significance in the history of al-Andalus of the Great Mosque of Cordoba (Madīnat Qurṭuba) has overshadowed any other archaeological discovery in the city. In addition, the study of the palatine town of Madīnat al-Zahrā, founded in 936 just a few miles away from the Andalusian capital, has also eclipsed the past of…

An Ismaili technologist and thought leader in action: Rahman Jamal

An Ismaili technologist and thought leader in action: Rahman Jamal

As the Global Technology & Marketing Director of the $1.2B organization of National Instruments, the provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, Rahman overseas the marketing divisions of NI across Americas, Europe and Asia-PAC. He is a leading expert in the different industrial markets including test and measurement,…

Event: March 21 | University of St. Andrews | Daniel Beben: Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Badakhshan

Event: March 21 | University of St. Andrews, UK | Daniel Beben: Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Badakhshan

Daniel Beben (Indiana University Bloomington) – ‘Islamization on the Iranian Periphery: Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Badakhshan’. EVENT: Islamisation: Comparative perspectives from History – Panel 7 – Iran and Central Asia DATE: 20-21 March 2015 TIME: 2.00pm-2.50pm VENUE: University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK via 2015: International Conference | The Islamisation of Anatolia project…

Event – March 12 | The Institute of Ismaili Studies | Daryoush Mohammad Poor's Book Launch: Authority Without Territory

Event – March 12 | The Institute of Ismaili Studies | Daryoush Mohammad Poor’s Book Launch: Authority Without Territory

Examining the connection between the concept of authority and the transformation of the Ismaili imamate, Authority without Territory is the first study of the imamate in contemporary times. Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor, Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, will discuss his new book titled Authority without Territory:The Aga Khan Development Network and the…

Mawlana Hazar Imam at a luncheon hosted by Premier Gordon Campbell that was attended by community, education and business leaders in honour of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee visit to British Columbia in 2008. (Photo via Simerg - The Ismaili/Gary Otte)

Simerg Profiles His Excellency Gordon Campbell, Canada’s Representative to the Ismaili Imamat

Mawlana Hazar Imam received His Excellency Gordon Campbell, Canada’s Representative to the Ismaili Imamat, at Aiglemont, France, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Recently appointed to this role by the Government of Canada, Gordon Campbell has also been serving as Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom since September 2011. Discover, Explore & Read more at Simerg Profiles His…

Architect Niall McLaughlin to design canopy structure for AKU campus, King's Cross, London

Architect Niall McLaughlin to design canopy structure for AKU campus, King’s Cross, London

Niall McLaughlin scoops King’s Cross gold 8 January, 2013 – Niall McLaughlin has beaten an all-star shortlist including Amanda Levete, Carmody Groarke and Duggan Morris to win a contest for a new canopy in King’s Cross The practice was chosen from a seven-strong shortlist to design the latest addition to Argent’s 27-hectare King’s Cross regeneration…

From Pakoras to the Palace - Laila Remtulla awarded MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen

From Pakoras to the Palace – Laila Remtulla awarded MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen

From Pakoras to the Palace for Blackpool’s MBE culinary queen Nazir, Zera, Laila, Rishma and Natasha Remtulla, of Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd From cooking homemade bhajias to running a multi-million pound company – Blackpool businesswoman Laila Remtulla’s achievements were today honoured by the Queen. The owner and founder of Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd – an…

VIDEO SPEECH: His Highness, the Aga Khan at 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan

Just Released Video: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan

As a longstanding partner, including as one of the largest private employers and contributors to the Exchequer, AKDN’s investments and development objectives follow an integrated, multi-sector approach. We have established long-term institutions in the region, including schools and hospitals, banking institutions, leisure facilities, and telecommunications. We are pleased to announce further innovations, including in cross-border…

British actor Sir Ben Kingsley (Image: WIKIPEDIA and KUL BHUSHAN)

Retrospective: Actor Sir Ben Kingsley – African Roots and Indian DNA

Gandhi’s birthday, celebrated on 2 October, invokes an interesting Indian-Africa link to explore Sir Ben Kingsley’s roots. “Sir Ben Kingsley is an inspiration to aspiring actors: aside from being a class act, a thorough professional and skilled thespian with a collection of memorable and powerful performances, he’s also a shining example of how Hollywood stardom…

Guardian: Professor Azim Surani's latest stem cell project

Guardian: Cambridge Professor Azim Surani’s latest stem cell project

Scientists use skin cells to create artificial sperm and eggs Early-stage sex cells research in Cambridge has potential to help people with fertility problems Scientists have made primitive forms of artificial sperm and eggs in a medical feat that could transform the understanding of age-related diseases and fertility problems. Researchers in Cambridge made the early-stage…

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First print versions of the Quran: Commissioned by Christian Monasteries in Venice, Italy & Russian Empress Catherine the Great in St. Petersberg, Russia

Calligraphy was considered the supreme art, the one valued most highly in Islamic culture. The sacredness of the Qur’an led to its transcription in a beautiful hand, and this sanctity explains why handwritten copies remained popular and why printed editions of the Qur’an were so slow to be accepted. While translations of the Qur’an into…

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Jamat in Russia Celebrates Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 78th Birthday in St. Petersberg

From St. Petersberg, Russia with Love, courtesy of Sayohat Khalilova & Aksakol Didor About St. Petersberg, Russia Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петербург) is the second largest city in Russia, politically incorporated as a federal city. It is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. In 1914…

Dr Farouk Topan during a Kiswahili conference at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. PHOTO | HEZEKIEL GIKAMBI

Dr. Farouk Topan shares deep insights into the power of Kiswahili, East Africa’s lingua franca, to transform the region

Ismailimail is pleased to share excerpts of Dr. Farouk Topan’s interview conducted by the Nation, Kenya’s leading newspaper during the ‘Kiswahili Symposium and Colloquium on New Dynamics in Swahili Studies’ at the University of Bayreuth in Germany earlier this year. Dr. Farouk Topan, the grandfather of the language in East Africa, pioneered the study of the…

Local Project team L-R Karim Andani, Massuma Jessani, Shamim Kooverjee, Salma Ladha, Navine Jafferali, Pyarali Jiwa (Chairmen ASG), Islamshah Rahemtulla (Board member and Treasuer), Nadia Valliani (Project Leader)

Photographs from the Ginan seminar hosted by the Association for the Study of Ginans

On 30th November 2014, the Association for the Study of Ginans, led by Chairman Pyarali Jiwa, hosted a seminar at Manchester with resounding success. Participants came from Eastbourne & Hastings, Birmingham, Bolton, Burnley, Leicester, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, and members of the Board from London. The programme consisted of speakers on Ginans: Anis Attenborough, Karim Andani,…