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Athletes from several regions reconnect at opening ceremony of the 2015 US Ismaili Games. Azim Maknojia

The 2015 United States Ismaili Games were held in Dallas, Texas between 26 – 29 November. Nearly 1 000 athletes competed during the Thanksgiving long weekend, supported by hundreds of volunteers.

Remarks by Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, introducing Mawlana Hazar Imam before the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University on 12 November 2015.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University. Farhez Rayani

Cambridge, MA, 13 November 2015 — For decades, technology and globalisation have been held up as a panacea for humanity’s ills. But although today’s world is now more connected than ever before, it has also become more fragmented.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Professor Diana L. Eck hold an on-stage conversation at Harvard University following the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture. Farhez Rayani

Mawlana Hazar Imam sat down with Harvard University Professor Diana Eck for an on-stage conversation after delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard. Their dialogue explored many ways in which pluralism affects society and human development.

Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam: The Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University on 12 November 2015.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Professor Diana Eck in conversation at Harvard University on 12 November 2015. Farhez Rayani

After delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture, Mawlana Hazar Imam sat down with Harvard University Professor Diana L. Eck for an on-stage conversation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with AKDN Representative Dr Mahmoud Eboo and Ismaili Council President Malik Talib at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa. AKDN

Ottawa, 5 November 2015 — Canada's newly sworn-in Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, visited the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Tuesday evening where he met with the President of the Ismaili Council for Canada and the AKDN Resident Representative in Canada.

Institutional leaders meet with affected communities in Phadar, Ghizer following a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake. FOCUS

2 November 2015 — The powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Jurm District of Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan on 26 October has affected large parts of Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and Tajikistan. Many populations in the region of the Hindu Kush mountain range have suffered the consequences of this calamity, including Ismaili communities.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, Patron of ICOMOS-UK receives Mawlana Hazar Imam for the organisation's 50th anniversary conference. AKDN / Anya Campbell

London, 22 October 2015 — Cultural heritage is a powerful tool that can be harnessed towards improving the quality of human life, says Mawlana Hazar Imam, which is a central objective of the Ismaili Imamat. He was speaking at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of ICOMOS — the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver the keynote address at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the International Council on Monuments and Sites on Thursday, 22 October 2015 in the United Kingdom.

London, 12 October 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver the keynote address at a major conference of the International Council on Monuments and Sites on Thursday, 22 October 2015 in the United Kingdom. The event will be webcast live at TheIsmaili.org/live.

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan (known to the Ismailis as Mawlana Hazar Imam), the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. AKDN

On 12 November 2015, Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University — one of the university’s most distinguished lectureships. The event will start at 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) and will be webcast live at TheIsmaili.org/live.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers a keynote speech at the 2015 Athens Democracy Forum held in the Stoa of Attalos. AKDN / Gary Otte

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivered a keynote speech at the Athens Democracy Forum on 15 September 2015. Speaking on “the challenges facing democracy in our world,” Hazar Imam drew a link between the progress of democracy and improvement in the quality of human life.

Speaking on the challenges facing democracy, Mawlana Hazar Imam said it must contribute towards helping society achieve a better quality of life. AKDN / Gary Otte

Athens, 15 September 2015 — Democracy faces dire challenges in the world today, says Mawlana Hazar Imam. Its survival depends on how well it can deliver on a promise of human progress.

Athletes take part in the opening ceremonies of Tajikistan's National Sports Tournament. Karam-Ali Talakshi

Ismaili athletes around the world are preparing to compete in the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai. Jamats in Canada and Tajikistan recently held National Sports Tournaments that serve as qualifiers for the international games, and other National Sports Tournaments are expected to get underway in the coming months.

AKDN Resident Representative Munir Merali with chief guest the Honourable Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak. AKDN

Dhaka, 30 July 2015 — Government leaders and members of the diplomatic corps joined AKDN staff and volunteers for an Imamat Day reception at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre. The event also marked the first anniversary of the establishment of the Office of the AKDN Resident Representative in Bangladesh.

A Team Ontario huddle at the 2015 Canadian Ismaili Games. Phil Musani

The Canadian Games concluded on Sunday, 2 August 2015 with a closing ceremony held at Calgary’s BMO Centre and Stampede Corral.

Khakhoo's wife and daughter remember him along with players he used to coach. Credit: Ismaili Council for Canada

The Prairies' ladies hockey team remembered their former coach Arif Khakoo in many ways.

One of three Lakhani siblings who swam at CIG. Credit Asif Bhalesha

The swim meet at the Canadian Ismaili Games turned out to be quite the family affair as siblings, parents and their children and even some spouses raced with and against each other.

Around the world there are approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims, who belong to the Shia branch of Islam. Their spiritual leader is the Aga Khan, who traces his ancestors directly back to the Prophet Muhammad. We spoke with him in Toronto.

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