Toronto International Film Festival and Aga Khan Museum to present: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami

Toronto International Film Festival and Aga Khan Museum to present: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami

Selected by veteran film curator and film festival programmer Peter Scarlet (co-curator of Doors Without Keys), these screenings complement Kiarostami’s evocative installation Doors Without Keys, providing an invaluable opportunity to appreciate Kiarostami’s versatility as an artist and filmmaker. The Aga Khan Museum and TIFF are co-presenters of this series, as well as The Wind Will Carry Us: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami a retrospective of … Continue reading Toronto International Film Festival and Aga Khan Museum to present: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami

Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami opens up doors to a lost past | The Art Newspaper

Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami opens up doors to a lost past | The Art Newspaper

David D’Arcy: In its first show devoted to a single artist, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is presenting 50 full-scale images of doors by the Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami (Doors Without Keys, until 27 March). Because of Canadian sanctions on Iranian imports, the pictures had to be printed and mounted on canvas in Toronto. Curators selected the pictures fr om 200 that Kiarostami, aged … Continue reading Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami opens up doors to a lost past | The Art Newspaper

Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s doors explore censorship | Toronto Star

Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s doors explore censorship | Toronto Star

Exhibition highlights celebrated Iranian director’s approach to living and working under censorship. “My feet may be in Iran,” he says, “but my head is elsewhere.” By Murray Whyte for Toronto Star, November 26 2015: Abbas Kiarostami may be Iran’s most-loved filmmaker in the big world out there, but his new exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum here puts the difficult fact of his living circumstance … Continue reading Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s doors explore censorship | Toronto Star

Abbas Kiarostami’s show Doors Without Keys is on exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum from Nov. 21 to March 27, 2016. (Image credit: Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Aga Khan Museum Exhibition Interview – Behind closed doors with director Abbas Kiarostami | Globe and Mail

By Tina Hassannia for The Globe and Mail – November. 19, 2015: Considered one of the great masters of world cinema, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami is lesser known for his photography and poetry. Hopefully, this lack of awareness will soon change with his new Doors Without Keys photo exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. The installation features Kiarostami’s detailed photographs of doors taken in France, … Continue reading Aga Khan Museum Exhibition Interview – Behind closed doors with director Abbas Kiarostami | Globe and Mail

Dr Daniel Beben wins the Foundation for Iranian Studies 2015 Dissertation Award

Dr Daniel Beben wins the Foundation for Iranian Studies 2015 Dissertation Award

Best Ph.D. Dissertation on a Subject of Iranian Studies Recipient, Academic Year 2014-2015 It is a great pleasure and a honour for the HPRS Department to announce that Dr Daniel Beben‘s PhD dissertation, “The Legendary Biographies of Nâsir-i Khusraw: Memory and Textualization in Early Modern Persian Ismâ`îlism”, has won the 2015 dissertation prize of the Foundation for Iranian Studies. From the motivation of the awarding … Continue reading Dr Daniel Beben wins the Foundation for Iranian Studies 2015 Dissertation Award

UNHCR: High Comissioner Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Career Highlights

UNHCR VIDEO: High Comissioner Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Career Highlights

“He left an indelible print on UNHCR’s history – leading the agency through some of the most challenging moments. Sadruddin’s name became synonymous with UNHCR.” – Ruud Lubbers, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Uploaded on Nov 6, 2015 UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing war and persecution. Since 1950, UNHCR have helped tens of millions of people find safety … Continue reading UNHCR VIDEO: High Comissioner Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Career Highlights

Aga Khan III single mint stamp issued to commemorate Aga Khan's birth centenary by Pakistan on November 2, 1977. (Image Credit: ASJM Collection)

Philatelic stamps issued to honour His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III

“Through 72 years of Imamat, he guided his spiritual children to happiness and prosperity … Many, many memories come to our minds as we think of him. He achieved in his life, for our community that which could only have been accomplished normally in a period of many generations. The tributes that the world has paid him bear honest testimony to his great life and … Continue reading Philatelic stamps issued to honour His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III

Rizwan Ladha: Putting the Iran Deal in Perspective

Rizwan Ladha: Putting the Iran Deal in Perspective

Negotiators in Vienna announced early yesterday that they had reached an historic agreement between six world powers and Iran over its nuclear program. As we start to analyze the details of the deal and think about its implications, there are a few things we should keep in mind going forward, so that we are looking at this agreement in the right context. Before we get … Continue reading Rizwan Ladha: Putting the Iran Deal in Perspective

Colin Ainsworth and Peggy Kriha Dye in Opera Atelier's 2012 production of Armide. They reprise their roles as a Muslim warrior princess and a Christian knight in the 2015 production. (Image credit: Bruce Zinger via Toronto Star)

If Joan of Arc were Muslim | Toronto Star

Opera Atelier’s Armide, the story of a Muslim warrior princess, opens Oct. 22 in an era of increased discussion of Muslim culture. By: Trish Crawford Music, Published on Thu Oct 22 2015 Marshall Pynkoski could hardly believe the synchronicity between the news of the day and Opera Atelier’sArmide. “It’s so timely, it couldn’t be better,” said the company’s co-artistic director of the rare opera that … Continue reading If Joan of Arc were Muslim | Toronto Star

AKM - Abbas Kiarostami - Doors Without Keys

Aga Khan Museum presents Abbas Kiarostami: Doors Without Keys

Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2015 – March 27, 2016 Curatorial Team: Amirali Alibhai (curator), Peter Scarlet (curator), Abbas Kiarostami (Artist). Walls and doors are both boundaries and barriers. The difference is that doors offer us hope of entry or of escape. Hope for connection, for finding another world, for freedom. With this evocative premise, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, poet, and photographer presents the world premiere of … Continue reading Aga Khan Museum presents Abbas Kiarostami: Doors Without Keys

Rizab Jamatkhana, Birjand, Iran

Rizab Jamatkhana, Birjand, Iran

Excerpts from The Ismailis: Their History and Doctrines, by Farhad Daftary, at p 411 “But the Nizaris of Quhistan never recovered from the Mongol onslaught, which left all of Khurasan in ruins. They survived clandestinely in villages around Birjand …. …Nizari Quhistani was born in Birjand in 645/1247-1248 into a land-owning Ismaili family. Nizari Quhistani served for a while a the court and chancery of … Continue reading Rizab Jamatkhana, Birjand, Iran

Khamsa

Nizami’s works became the model for subsequent romance literature

Nizami Ganjavi, one of the greatest romantic poets in Persian literature, was born in 1141 in Ganja, modern-day Azerbaijan and lived at a time of intense intellectual activity. Since he was not a court poet, his name does not appear in the records of the dynasties. A prominent poet acquainted with Arabic and Persian literature, he was also learned in mathematics, astronomy, medicine, botany, and the Qur’an. Nizami … Continue reading Nizami’s works became the model for subsequent romance literature

Shahnameh

Persian literature was dominated by a sophisticated tradition of poetry

Persian literature is dominated by a highly  sophisticated tradition of poetry dating to the tenth century. Persian poetry can generally be divided into two forms: the lyrical and the epic. The major lyrical forms are the qasida, ghazal, and rubai. The basic form of epic poetry is the masnavi. The qasida, a long mono-rhyme (aa, ba, ca) similar to an ode, is mostly used as a … Continue reading Persian literature was dominated by a sophisticated tradition of poetry