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…

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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,…

His Highness the Aga Khan at the 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan [Getty Images]

His Highness the Aga Khan strengthens continuing support to Afghanistan at the 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan

For the Ismaili Imamat and its Aga Khan Development Network, or AKDN as it is known, it is fundamental that the construction of civil society has been chosen as a national development priority in the Government’s reform agenda. The AKDN has been designed and grown specifically to support that goal, wherever we are present. We vigorously…

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Synergy: Knowledge Quarter launched at British Library – AKU part of 35 knowledge-based institutions

The Knowledge Quarter, a partnership of 35 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations based in Kings Cross, Euston and Bloomsbury, was launched on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at the British Library in London. The group will work together to share their information, ideas, research and innovation. Some of the members of the Knowledge Quarter…

Pakistan's Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif praises services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif praises services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world

LONDON, Dec 4 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday lauded services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world, particularly for the people of Pakistan in education and health sectors, poverty eradication, and socio-economic uplift of the poor. A large number of leaders from around the world have gathered in London to attend…

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Synergy: Germany bolsters support for East African Community via AKU’s Graduate School of Media and Communications

The East African Community (EAC), the federal government of German through its Development Bank (KfW) and the Aga Khan University (AKU) have signed an agreement to support the Graduate School of Media and Communications. The signing ceremony of the intergovernmental agreement for the new phase of GAVI programme in the EAC and the financial agreement…

Aga Khan Foundation, UK & European Commission Humanitarian Aid sign agreement to implement Disaster Preparedness Project in Central Asia

Aga Khan Foundation UK & European Commission Humanitarian Aid sign agreement to implement Disaster Preparedness Project in Central Asia

Dushanbe, Tajikistan October 31, 2014 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) under the auspices of its Disaster Preparedness Program (DIPECHO) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) United Kingdom signed an agreement to implement the eighth DIPECHO Project in Central Asia. Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) in Tajikistan and Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) in…

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Centro Ismaili, Lisboa – Ismaili Centre, Lisbon | A Profile in Portuguese Journal of Architecture

Ismailimail is excited to share an article about the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon in Diário de Arquitectura, a Portuguese Journal of Architecture. For the convenience of our readers Google translation is also provided. A few of the images are provided in the image gallery below and more are available at the source. Diário de Arquitectura Centro…

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Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor Delivers Papers at International Conferences

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor delivered a paper as part of the lecture series, Political Violence: Beyond the Secular/Religious Divide organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at Leiden University, Netherlands, on 19th September 2014. The paper, entitled Imaginative Anachronistic Leaps and Secular/Religious Myths of Terrorism: The case of Nizari Ismailis of…