Parks and Gardens - Bringing Social Change Where it Matters

Parks and Gardens – Bringing Social Change Where it Matters

Islamic parks and gardens have long been treasured as havens of tranquillity in a busy world, but today, the Aga Khan Development Network is developing green spaces that do much more – they are the catalysts for , acting as agents of change for the communities around them. On 3 November, three renowned experts in Islamic gardens came together to debate how Islamic parks can … Continue reading Parks and Gardens – Bringing Social Change Where it Matters

Live Webcast from Ismaili Centre London: Aga Khan Trust for Culture Projects in India

Live Webcast from Ismaili Centre London: Aga Khan Trust for Culture Projects in India

Jointly presented by Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and the Ismaili Centre in London Ratish Nanda (CEO, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, India) will share his experience leading AKTC India’s work on the Urban Renewal project in the Nizamuddin Conservation area. The project includes the conservation of over 50 monuments, environmental development of over 300 acres in the heart … Continue reading Live Webcast from Ismaili Centre London: Aga Khan Trust for Culture Projects in India

Dr Malik Ajani publishes his first book: ‘Citizenship, the Self and the Other’ | Aga Khan University

Dr Malik Ajani publishes his first book: ‘Citizenship, the Self and the Other’ | Aga Khan University

After completing a PhD at Royal Holloway in 2014, ISMC graduate Malik Ajani (Class of 2006) published his first book: “Citizenship, the Self and the Other – Critical Discussions on Citizenship and How to Approach Religious and Cultural Difference”. In his book, Malik uses discussions with citizenship educators in England to share insights regarding the challenges and opportunities of creating a pluralistic society in today’s … Continue reading Dr Malik Ajani publishes his first book: ‘Citizenship, the Self and the Other’ | Aga Khan University

Western Indian Ocean

Event – April 28 | Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London, UK | Rethinking foreland and hinterland in the Indian Ocean world

Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU_ISMC), cordially invites everyone to join the online talk – Rethinking foreland and hinterland in the Indian Ocean world by Lindsey Stephenson, PhD candidate at Princeton University. The talk will be followed by discussion. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, movement around the Indian Ocean was invigorated by new economic and imperial … Continue reading Event – April 28 | Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London, UK | Rethinking foreland and hinterland in the Indian Ocean world

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Virtual Open Day

Event – November 6 | Virtual: Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations MA in Muslim Culture

Find out about the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations MA in Muslim Culture. This virtual open day will give you the chance to engage with the Institute Director, MA Coordinator, faculty and students. EVENT: AKU-ISMC MA in Muslim Culture DATE: Thursday, Nov 6th, 2014 TIME: 13.00 (London) VENUE: Virtual Goto Meeting. Register: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/536952080​ At this event you can obtain further information … Continue reading Event – November 6 | Virtual: Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations MA in Muslim Culture

Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies: Understanding the Past

Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies: Understanding the Past

From the Prophet’s family tree to the present, ideas about kinship and descent have shaped communal and national identities in Muslim societies. So an understanding of genealogy is therefore vital to our understanding of Muslim societies, particularly with regard to the generation, preservation and manipulation of genealogical knowledge. These 9 case studies link genealogical knowledge to particular circumstances in which it was created, circulated and … Continue reading Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies: Understanding the Past

Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures

Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures

Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures, is a non-credit program jointly offered by SFU’s Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (CCSMSC) and the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, London, U.K. It will run from June 16–27, at SFU’s Vancouver campus at Harbour Centre. via SFU summer program explores Muslim cultures – SFU News – … Continue reading Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures

Institute of Ismaili Studies announce merging of its library with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Institute of Ismaili Studies announces merging of its library with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Institute of Ismaili Studies is merging its library with the library of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations(ISMC) at the Aga Khan University (AKU).

Institute of Ismaili Studies announce merging of its library with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Since 1979, the IIS’ Library has been developing, preserving and maintaining a unique collection of books, articles, recordings and films, images, and other materials representative of Muslim traditions and heritage. It thus supports and furthers the mission of the IIS in the broadest sense, whilst serving the specific research and teaching needs of students, researchers and visiting scholars.

The Library’s collections comprise some 30,000 items. These include printed materials, from rare imprints to recent monographs. Continue reading “Institute of Ismaili Studies announces merging of its library with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations”

The Need for the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)

The Need for the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)

From the 1994 Chancellor’s Commission Report … AKU could achieve this objective through the establishment of an institute devoted to the study of Muslim civilisations, aiming to produce research and writings that would serve to bring an enlightened understanding of the heritage of Muslims and its contemporary relevance, and to contribute to the development of societies in which Muslims live. http://www.aku.edu/collegesschoolsandinstitutes/ismc/aboutus/Pages/aboutus.aspx http://www.aku.edu/collegesschoolsandinstitutes/ismc/Pages/ismc-home.aspx Continue reading The Need for the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)

Institute of Ismaili Studies and AKU-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ hosts Chinese Delegation

Institute of Ismaili Studies and AKU-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ hosts Chinese DelegationIIS and AKU-ISMC​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ hosts Chinese Delegation.

This article has some interesting factoids about Chinese Muslims …

a. “Chinese Islam” Islam traces its origins in China to the 7th century.
b. There were some 23 million Muslims in China and that ten of the country’s 56 minorities are Muslim.
c. 3 defining characteristics of the Muslim population in China.
i. Muslims are present all over the country;
ii. Muslims are concentrated in the north-west and south-west of the country;
iii. Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Republic represents a special case – more than 50% of its population is Muslim, with more than 50% of Chinese Muslims living in the region and that the region contains two-thirds of all mosques in China.

Chinese State delegation chose to visit both IIS & AKU-ISMC as part of a small number of institutions they targeted. Continue reading “Institute of Ismaili Studies and AKU-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ hosts Chinese Delegation”

Georgetown University Berkley Center: Symposium on the State of West-Islamic Dialogue

With Professor Abdou Ansari Filali – Director, The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr – University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University, and others.

Georgetown University Berkley Center: Symposium on the State of West-Islamic Dialogue

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Abdou Filali Ansari – The new Muslim consciousness

This enlightened Muslim philosopher explains why the call for the implementation of Shari’a has become stronger and more widespread. At the same time changes and a liberal intellectual revolution have been going on within the Muslim world: involving not a movement but individuals rethinking a new Muslim consciousness. The Moroccan philosopher and former director of the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim … Continue reading Abdou Filali Ansari – The new Muslim consciousness

AKU Lecture: A History of Fatimid Military Architecture

A History of Fatimid Military Architecture: ifriqiya, Misr and Bilad al-Sham Lecture by Dr. Stéphane Pradines 25 October 2012, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations Room 2.3, Level 2 210 Euston Road, London, UK Presented by: The Aga Khan University via ArchNet Calendar. Continue reading AKU Lecture: A History of Fatimid Military Architecture

Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations: Review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education United Kingdom

Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations: Review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education United Kingdom

This is a report of a review under the Recognition Scheme for Educational Oversight conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) at The Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC). The main purpose of the review was to: – make judgements about the provider’s delegated responsibilities for the management of academic standards and … Continue reading Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations: Review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education United Kingdom

Bruce B Lawrence

In the name of Allah, Christians can also appreciate Ramadan

With the holy month of Ramadan beginning today, most of Canada’s 600,000 Muslims are expected to direct more of their energy toward contemplating Allah. Despite conventional thinking that Allah is the name of the exclusive god of Muslims, many say Allah can be appreciated by all monotheists, by all people who believe in one ultimate sacred reality. That’s the message Islamic scholar Bruce Lawrence delivered … Continue reading In the name of Allah, Christians can also appreciate Ramadan