Aga Khan Park, Toronto – The unifying Park of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto (Image courtesy of Imara Wynford Drive)

Read at Simerg | The Aga Khan Park: Tranquil, Contemplative Space, and a Place to be Enjoyed by All to be Inaugurated on Monday, May 25, 2015

“… our faith constantly reminds us to observe and be thankful for the beauty of the world and the universe around us, and our responsibility and obligation, as good stewards of God’s creation, to leave the world in a better condition than we found it. The garden is, in this context, a particularly important space…

Ismaili Centre, Toronto hosts “Cities of Arrival”

Ismaili Centre, Toronto hosts “Cities of Arrival”: Imagining the pasts, presents and futures of cities and urban spaces

Throughout 2015 the Ismaili Centre, Toronto will host Cities of Arrival – a curated program of lectures, symposia, roundtables, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and activities that explores the pasts, presents and futures of cities and urban life, and critically imagines how humanity will share the most densely populated spaces on our planet. Imagining the pasts, presents…

International Museum Day

In support of International Museum Day, a profile of four museums by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

As the worldwide community of museums celebrates International Museum Day today, May 18, 2015, the Ismailimail team is proud to present a portfolio of museum projects undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among…

Ismaili Centre Toronto Wins Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)'s People’s Choice Award

Ismaili Centre Toronto Wins People’s Choice Award

OAA announces winner of inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Award, awards spotlight designs that shape cities and strengthen communities May 15, 2015 – Toronto: The annual Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Celebration of Excellence Awards on Friday, May 8, 2015 showcased the best in architectural design and innovation by Ontario architects. Twenty new buildings in Toronto, St.…

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development :: SFSD Attends the Opening Ceremony of the "Blue Mosque" in the Presence of Prince Karim Aga Khan

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) Attends the Opening Ceremony of the “Blue Mosque” in the Presence of Prince Karim Aga Khan

The Mazalla Association for Social Development, one of the Aga Khan Foundation projects in Egypt, invited Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) to attend the opening ceremony of the Blue Mosque “Aq Sunqur” at the  Darb Al-Ahmar district. The ceremony took place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in the presence of Prince Karim Aga Khan,…

Aga Khan Trust for Culture's Urban Renewal Initiative: Batashewala Mughal Garden Tomb Complex

Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Urban Renewal Initiative: Batashewala Mughal Garden Tomb Complex

Introduction Standing to the north of the Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site, the 11 acre “Batashewala Complex” includes two Mughal era tomb-garden enclosures within which stand three tombs, of national importance, and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). They are a significant part of the 16th century Mughal necropolis adjacent to the Dargah…

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The Aga Khan Museum collection includes a ceramic dish inscribed with the Prophet’s hadith

Ceramics are an integral art form of the Middle East and North Africa. This area has a long history of ceramic production because of its ancient civilizations. Trade and conquests resulted in many technological innovations such as a wide range of colours and metallic glazing, long before these techniques reached the West. From the ninth century on,…

Cities of the Dead Exhibition

Event – May 9 | Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan – Exhibition and Book Launch

On Saturday, May 9, a series of events at the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum will launch Cities of the Dead: the Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan beginning Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., with an evening lecture beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Ismaili Centre. Through funerary architecture, this unique photography exhibition from Professor Margaret…

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The Aga Khan Park | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Aga Khan Park, Toronto, ON (map) Home to the Aga Khan Museum, a repository of Islamic art and culture, and the Ismaili Centre, a religious site and venue for promoting the heritage of Ismaili Muslims, this 6.8-hectare site comprises four hectares of public gardens designed by Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic with Moriyama & Teshima Planners. …

Lumacare Healthier Living

Lumacare Healthier Living Centre Visits Aga Khan Museum

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 Lumacare’s Healthier Living Centre (HLC) visited the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic arts and culture at 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto. The museum, a relatively new and architecturally stunning building, offered attendees the chance to learn about the history and contemporary culture of the Islamic world. Approximately 40 participants came out…

Egypt inaugurates “Blue Mosque” in Cairo

Egypt’s Antiquities minister Mamdouh Al Damati, Prince Karim Aga Khan, Chairman of Aga Khan organization for culture and Cairo governor, Galal Al Saied, inaugurated on Saturday The Blue Mosque “Al-Gamea Al-Azraq” in Al Darb Al Ahmar district in Cairo, after finishing its restoration work. Al Damati noted that the restoration work began in 2001, pointing…

His Higness the Aga Khan at Darb al Ahmer Cairo

His Highness the Aga Khan: restoration projects can serve as springboards for social and economic development

“Restoration projects can also serve as springboards – as trampolines – for broad social and economic development and poverty reduction. In that process, they can help create both the human constituency needed to sustain a project – and the flow of funding needed to maintain it. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture strives to approach…

May 2015: His Highness the Aga Khan visits Cairo

His Highness the Aga Khan: “As Muslims we are invited to protect and enhance the world in which we live during our lifetimes.”

“As Muslims, we are invited to protect and enhance the world in which we live during our lifetimes. We are trustees of God’s creation, hence the word Trust in the name of the agency responsible for this restoration. I remember well when the seeds for our cultural engagement in Cairo were first planted at a…

His Highness the Aga Khan meeting with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab of Egypt on 2 May 2015. (Image credit: Government of Egypt via AKDN)

State Information Service of Egypt: Prime Minister & His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan discuss deal to renovate mosques

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met on Saturday 2/5/2015 with head of the Aga Khan Foundation Prince Karim Aga Khan, Cabinet Spokesman Hossam El Qawish said. During the meeting, Mahlab hailed efforts and projects implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation in Egypt. He pointed out to the possibility to sign a cooperation protocol between the government…

Domus - Aga Khan Museum - Geometry Light and Staircase

Domus | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto For the first museum in North America devoted to Islamic art and culture, the Japanese master Maki proposes strong geometry, harnessed in such a way as to celebrate light in all its meanings. Design Fumihiko Maki+Maki and Associates. Photography Shinkenchiku-sha Discover, Explore and Learn more via  Domus, April 2015 issue About…

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Dawn | Treasures of Islam

No traveler to Toronto should miss the Aga Khan Museum, which I had the pleasure of visiting on a recent trip. The museum’s permanent collection comprises objects highlighting the artistic, scientific and scholarly heritage of Islamic civilisations. As is often the case when I visit the Islamic collections of museums in the West, I was…

From Ismailimail Archives - May 26, 1996: Brown University President Vartan Gregorian (right) confers the honorary degree Doctor of Laws upon His Highness the Aga Khan. (Image credit AKDN / Gary Otte via TheIsmaili.org)

Dr. Vartan Gregorian, member of the AKM Board of Directors to deliver Commencement Address and receive an Honorary Degree from Adelphi University

Dr. Vartan Gregorian will deliver the Commencement address and be recognized with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Adelphi University during its 119th Commencement on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY Dr. Gregorian is currently one of the members of the Aga…

A Companion of Muslim Cultures - Amyn Sajoo

SFU & IIS’s Dr Amyn Sajoo inspires Aga Khan Museum audience at the special book launch and signing of A Companion of Muslim Cultures

On Wednesday evening (April 22, 2015)  Aga Khan Museum, Toronto in collaboration with the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), London profiled Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo who presented his edited collection of essays by some of today’s finest scholars. A Companion of Muslim Cultures, is the third book in the Muslim Heritage Series. This volume embarks on…

Aga Khan Museum - Course: From Cairo to Samarqand: Discovering the Cities of Muslim Civilizations

Event – April 28 to June 16 | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto | Course: From Cairo to Samarqand: Discovering the Cities of Muslim Civilizations

Explore major palaces, monuments, and gardens in historic cities! Through images and lectures, Dr. Ruba Kana’an, the Aga Khan Museum’s Head of Education and Scholarly Programs, leads participants in this eight-week voyage to Damascus, Jerusalem, Istanbul, and beyond. EVENT: Course: From Cairo to Samarqand: Discovering the Cities of Muslim Civilizations COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Ruba Kana’an,…

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Event – April 29 | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto | Lecture: William Dalrymple presents Return of a King

The Canadian Community Arts Initiative (CCAI) in collaboration with the Aga Khan Museum and The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) Canada, are pleased to present the world renowned author William Dalrymple for an exclusive speaking engagement in Toronto. This event is in support of “141 Schools for Peace”, an initiative of The Citizens Foundation (TCF), in partnership…

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The Artefact that inspired the Aga Khan Museum Logo

Like their monochrome or bi-coloured counterparts, polychrome slip-covered earthenware ceramics produced in the tenth and eleventh century under the Samanids (819-1005 CE) are unrivalled in quality and design. While still using the simplest of materials, Iranian craftsmen achieved an unprecedented level of refinement in the production of earthenware dishes and in the colour and texture…

Celebrating Citizenship at the Aga Khan Museum

Celebrating Citizenship at the Aga Khan Museum

On Tuesday, April 7, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) welcomed 50 new Canadians during a community citizenship ceremony at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Jointly organized by CIC and local ICC volunteer committees, and held in welcoming public spaces, community citizenship ceremonies involve the whole community in…

On the occasion of the World Heritage Day, Batashewala Mahal, near Humayun’s Tomb complex, opens to public after 4 years

Visitors to world heritage site Humayun’s Tomb complex will now have a new venue to explore. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have opened the newly-restored Batashewala complex, with three stunning Mughal-era tombs, after a four-year conservation effort. The ministry of culture has announced a plan to send…

AKM Finalist for 2015 Azure Awards

Azure Magazine | Aga Khan Museum – 2015 AZ Awards Finalist

Azure Magazine’s illustrious jury has selected the 66 finalists of the fifth annual AZ Awards, chosen from among the 720 entries that poured in from 43 countries. Commercial  ⁄ Institutional Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres Henning Larsen Architects: Moesgaard Museum, Højbjerg, Denmark MAD Architects: China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin, China Maki & Associates and Moriyama &…