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…

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Toronto Star | Aga Khan Museum inspires with aim of cross-cultural unity: Style Czar

[The Aga Khan Museum’s] opening was the single most significant style event of 2014. Not only is the building itself, a glittering, winged visual poem of Brazilian granite, glass and aluminum, and the Aga Khan’s own collection of Islamic art and antiquities impressive, the museum’s beautiful and timely mission to promote cross-cultural understanding and interconnectedness…

Acclaimed Indian architect Charles Correa has designed a stunning prayer hall for the Ismaili Centre. (Via The Star Online - Malaysia)

The Star Online (Malaysia) | To mark the Aga Khan’s 78th birthday, here’s a look at his Museum & Ismaili Centre in Toronto

There is perhaps no better gift for the Aga Khan, who just celebrated his 78th birthday, than for him to see the fulfillment of his long-held dream of a museum committed to offering insight and perspective into Islamic civilisations and the cultural threads that weave through history. The Harvard graduate in Islamic history has long…

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Event – December 20 | Aga Khan Museum – Showcase Performance: The 4th Light – Niyaz with Tanya Evanson

Aga Khan Museum’s Performing Arts program is pleased to present the final concert of the inaugural season with a special performance inspired by the theme of light. Niyaz, whose name means “yearning” in Persian, Urdu, and Turkish, joins with semazen Tanya Evanson to celebrate the winter solstice with a special performance inspired by the theme…

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BlogTO | New Aga Khan Museum hosts first major show – The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route

The Aga Khan museum has been drawing fascinated photographers to Don Mills and Eglinton for a few months now to shoot the stunning granite exterior of Toronto’s newest architectural gem. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki, the new museum is a marvel of modern design that also incorporates classic Islamic architectural principles. That alone…

(l) British Columbia Premier - Christy Clark & (r) Ontario MP - John Carmichael, visit Aga Khan Museum & the Ismaili Centre, Toronto (Images Via Twitter)

British Columbia & Ontario Government Leaders visit Aga Khan Museum & the Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Premier Christy Clark from the province of British Columbia and  Member of Parliament John Carmichael from the province of Ontario, visit Aga Khan Museum & the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Honoured to visit new @AgaKhanMuseum for a tour. Beautiful institution showcasing Ismaili & many other cultures. pic.twitter.com/IC3O50WgRp — Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) December 9, 2014 Toured the…

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Event – December 18 | Aga Khan Museum: Spoken Word Jam with Tanya Evanson and Sheniz Janmohamed

Aga Khan Museum’s Performing Arts program features spoken word poetics by Tanya Evanson and Sheniz Janmohamed and an ensemble of local musicians Gurpreet Chana and Waleed Abdulhamid. EVENT: Spoken Word Jam with Tanya Evanson and Sheniz Janmohamed DATE: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 TIME: 8:00 p.m. EST VENUE: Aga Khan Museum Auditorium, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto,…

The Globe and Mail Feature on Aga Khan Musuem Exhibit: The Lost Dhow - links between ancient Islam and China

The Globe and Mail Feature on Aga Khan Musuem Exhibit: The Lost Dhow – links between ancient Islam and China

JAMES ADAMS: Hear the word “Islam” these days and, for many, visions of beheadings, demagogic mullahs, hollow-eyed refugees and gun-toting jihadis are almost sure to follow. While hardly fair or truthful, this mental slide show is nevertheless an understandable result of the way Islam, or at least acts perpetrated by some in the name of…

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Event – December 12 | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto – Showcase Performance: Lara Bello: Reflections of Granada

Aga Khan Museum’s Performing Arts program features much celebrated artist Granada-born Lara Bello who delivers stunning performances that mix Latin American rhythms with jazz and classical music, flamenco dance and song. EVENT: Showcase Performance: Lara Bello: Reflections of Granada DATE: Friday, December 12th, 2014 TIME: 8:00 p.m. EST VENUE: Aga Khan Museum Auditorium, 77 Wynford…

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover wishes Prince Amyn “Happy Birthday.” Left to right (standing at the podium) Minister Shelly Glover, (seated) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and Prince Amyn Aga Khan. [Image © Ismailimail/AM]

New Speech: Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover delivers inauguration address during the opening of the Aga Khan Museum

On the eve of 3 months milestone of the inauguration of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Ismailimail is proud to feature the full address of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover during the opening of the Aga Khan Museum. This speech completes the full complement of addresses delivered by…

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Event – December 10 – April 26 | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto: New Exhibition Launch: The Lost Dhow – A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route

“This exhibition beautifully shows that creative exchanges between China and the Islamic world were fully under way one thousand years ago.” – Alan Chong, Director of Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum “The Lost Dhow exhibition is a natural fit with the Aga Khan Museum. The cross-cultural exchange exemplified by the dhow’s cargo is exactly what our…

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The Apollo Awards 2014 | Aga Khan Museum Shortlisted for the Museum Opening of the Year Award

Highlights from the Aga Khan Museum’s collection have been touring the world for several years. Now for the first time, more than 1,000 artefacts spanning as many years of Islamic history and three continents have a permanent home designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. The collection includes masterpieces of ceramics and painting acquired…

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Event – December 10 | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto: Saints and Superheroes: The Visual Culture of Pakistan with Dr. Jamal J. Elias

Jamal J. Elias, Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses popular culture in contemporary Pakistan. EVENT:  Saints and Superheroes: The Visual Culture of Pakistan with Dr. Jamal J. Elias DATE:  Wednesday, December 10, 2014 TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST VENUE:…

Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto – Photo of the Day: Cultural Reflection | Urban Toronto

Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto becoming the most photographed cultural landmarks in Toronto, Canada. December 5, 2014 12:00 am | by Jack Landau The Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, located on Wynford Drive in the Don Mills and Eglinton area, are Toronto’s newest cultural landmarks. The recently-opened facilities were designed by architects Fumihiko Maki, Charles…

Part II: The Launch of the Aga Khan Museum – A Personal Interpretation by Sabrina Lakhani

Sabrina Lakhani: The Launch of the Aga Khan Museum – Personal Interpretation

Part I: …nothing has moved me to write again as much as Hussein Janhmohamed and Fez Meghani’s visit to Chicago for the Enlightened Encounters Program. This program introduced the purpose of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada to the Jamat and neighboring communities. During an informal discussion, as Hussein shared his personal story, I…

SIAVASH: The Prince of Hope - Showcase Performance (Photo: Aga Khan Museum/Jim Carmody)

Event – December 5-6 | Aga Khan Museum: SIAVASH: The Prince of Hope – Showcase Performance

The Aga Khan Museum presents the page-to-stage world premiere of a multi-media performance written and directed by composer Shahrokh Yadegari. Through storytelling, music, and images, this work explores the trials of Prince Siavash from the Shah-Nameh (Book of Kings). Manuscripts and folios of this epic poem — written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between 977…

Shainool Jiwa - Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance

Event – December 5 | Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Shainool Jiwa – Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule

Dr. Shainool Jiwa, a specialist in Fatimid History, will discuss the leadership of Imam Al Mu’izz and examine various facets of Fatimid authority, leadership and inclusive governance. Among the hallmarks of the Fatimids, who reigned form 909 to 1071, was a model of leadership and governance which they espoused, and its durability over two and…

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Event – December 3 | The Economist: The Canada Summit – Aga Khan Museum CEO to speak on Brand Canada

The Economist’s first-ever Canada Summit will explore the pressing questions facing Canada’s economy today. Aga Khan Museum’s CEO, Henry Kim is one of several speakers at the event. Find out About Brand Canada: The more the merrier (session at 5:05) as Henry Kim, Director and CEO, Aga Khan Museum, Cameron Bailey, Artistic director, Toronto International…