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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Nicholson visits Ismaili Centre in Dubai, with Arif Lalani, Canadian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

 Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, toured the Ismaili Centre in Dubai. The domed structure in the U.A.E. is designed to foster a spirit of pluralism, mutual respect and understanding, both within the Muslim community and across society at large. Minister Nicholson’s visit to the centre is symbolic of…

Compedium in the Aga Khan Museum's Collection

Pluralism enabled the advancement of scientific knowledge

This astronomical compendium, in the Aga Khan Museum’s collection, dated 19th century Iran, contains miniature astronomical instruments in a small gold-enamelled box that would have been hung from a chain or held in a pocket; it holds a universal sun dial and a compass. The box reflects the Qajar court’s (ruled Persia 1779-1925) taste for…

Fatimid Woodwork and Architecture Development: Two latest Books released at the Doha International Book Fair

Fatimid Woodwork and Architecture Development: Two latest Books released at the Doha International Book Fair

Excerpt: The Doha International Book Fair also saw Fatema Al Sulaiti, Associate Deputy Director for Collection at Qatar Museums launch two of her latest books – Fatimid Woodwork and Architecture Development. Fatimid Woodwork highlights a unique craft and medium of design in the Fatimid Era. It presents examples of the finest Fatimid woodwork of both…

Nasir Khusraw guaranteed Iranian identity: Eslami Nodushan

Nasir Khusraw guaranteed Iranian identity: Eslami Nodushan

TEHRAN — Persian literature expert Mohammad-Ali Eslami Nodushan said that Iranian poet Nasser Khosro (1004-C1072) guaranteed Iranian identity and became eternal in the history of Persian literature. “He was influenced by [Persian poet] Ferdowsi and was one of his enthusiasts. More than everything and everyone else, these two poets were similar in their attitudes toward…

Folio from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp (ca. 1532).Image: Archnet

The Aga Khan Museum’s collection includes a folio from the epic Persian poem, Shahnama

The Shahnama was composed by the Persian poet Firdausi (d. 1020) around the year 1000. It tells the story of ancient Iran (Persia) from the time of Creation to the conquest of Islam in the seventh century. The history of Iran is divided into three successive dynasties: the Pishdadiyan (the early legendary shahs, who established civilization and fought…

One of a pair of lacquer painted covers. Persia, late 16th century. Private Collection, LondonImage: The Institute of Ismaili Studies

The Persian art of decorating book covers influenced European styles

Persian artists  introduced a range of innovative ideas, both technical as well as artistic … Persian miniature painting  transformed book covering into an elaborate art form. The art of binding and the protection of scripts are as old as writing itself. The contribution made by Musli craftsmen has been a significant element in the history…

Aga Khan Professorship of Iranian Studies becomes an inspiration for Armenian calligrapher’s work

Aga Khan Professorship of Iranian Studies becomes an inspiration for Armenian calligrapher’s work

PanARMENIAN.Net – “Animating the Word: The Legacy of Iran’s Minority Calligraphic Traditions” will open on Wednesday, Dec 10 and run until Dec 30, ArtfixDaily reported. While Persian calligraphy and artwork is more familiar to most audiences, there are other rich traditions of calligraphy in the minority cultures of Iran. These traditions have inspired a genre…

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Imam Mustansir bi’llah II’s mausoleum is still preserved in Iran

In the tenth century, Ismaili Imams established a state in North Africa (from 909) and later in Egypt (973–1171), who claimed descent from the Prophet Muhammad through Imam Ali, and derived their name from the Prophet’s daughter, Fatima. During the Fatimid period, often referred to as the “golden age” of Ismailism, Ismaili thought and literature attained their summit.…

Kahak served as the residence and headquarters of Nizari Imams in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Image: The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Kahak, in Iran, was an epicentre of Imamat activities

After the fall of the Fatimid Empire in 1171, the seat of the Nizari Imamat moved to Persia (modern day Iran) where Ismailis had succeeded in establishing a state in 1090 with its headquarters at Alamut. After the fall of Alamut to the Mongols in 1256, many Ismailis found refuge in Afghanistan, the Oxus basin in…

Syria and AKDN sign MoU for executing water project in al-Salamiah

Syria and AKDN sign MoU for executing water project in al-Salamiah

Damascus,  Ministry of Water Resources and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to execute a project for drawing drinking water from local sources to al-Salamiah city in Hama. The project is worth USD 1.5 million. Minister of Water Resources Kamal al-Shaikha underlined the importance of cooperation between the ministry…

Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan - Nurjehan Mawani, Aga Khan Development Network, Kabul (Photo: Norway MFA/ Kilian Munch)

Synergy: Nurjehan Mawani – AKDN’s Diplomat, joins civil society & leaders of 32 nations in Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4 December, 2014), the Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan was chaired by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and attended by Government and Civil Society Leaders including the Aga Khan Development Network. Ismailimail presents below an excerpt from the summary report of the messages from…

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Canada appoints Ambassadorial Representative to the Ismaili Imamat

Ismailimail is excited to share the news of Canada’s appointment of an ambassadorial level senior diplomatic representative to the Ismaili Imamat. While this is epic event in the history of our community, it reinforces Canada’s confidence and seriousness of purpose in establishing permanent contact at the highest levels of Ismaili institutional leadership. This follows Mawlana…

Click for SimergPhotos.com feature: Iran & Alamut Like You Have Never Seen Before, by By Muslim and Nevin Harji

Iran plans to offer Alamut Fortress to UNESCO | PressTV

Iran plans to offer the historical Alamut Fortress to UNESCO for a possible inscription on the World Heritage list of the UN organization. Located in Alamut region in Iran’s Qazvin Province, the castle is a mountain structure built on a massive rock in an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level. The fabled ruin of…

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Visiting Research Associate of Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dr. Miklos Sarkozy delivers lecture on Nizari Ismailis, in Tehran

November 1, 2014 – Iran Book News Agency (IBNA) – Attended by the Hungarian scholar Miklos Sarkozy (PhD), The Meeting of Nizari Ismaili State Studies is to be held in the House of Literati in Tehran today. According to IBNA correspondent, the House of Literati affiliated to Iran’s Book House will host the event, where,…

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Gulf Daily Mail | 5th Annual Lasting Impressions exhibition opens at Sharjah Art Museum: Noor Ali Rashid

“The UAE community looks forward to the opening of Lasting Impressions 2014 edition, which presents Noor Ali Rashid’s poignant photographs which will give unparalleled glimpses into the rich history of the UAE. The story of his inspirational life presented here is a gift to us all.” – Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department “Witnessing the…