Content Tagged with _History

A view of the courtyard of the mosque of al-Azhar in Cairo. Bernard O'Kane

Leading historian of Islamic art and culture, Professor Bernard O’Kane offers a peek at the architectural accomplishments of the Fatimids in Egypt. On 21 February, he will speak on the same topic at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Ashad Ali Haji and his family in Madrid, circa 1928. Ismaili Council for Portugal

Two years ago, the oldest Ismaili Muslim community in Europe celebrated 100 years since it’s arrival on the continent. In July, an exhibition that recounts their story was inaugurated at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

Justice Albie Sachs presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with the South African Bill of Rights at the 2016 Annual Pluralism Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism. GCP / Tom Sandler

Toronto, 20 May 2016 — Justice Albie Sachs, a heroic activist, freedom fighter and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, delivered the Annual Pluralism Lecture yesterday evening. A flagship event of the Global Centre for Pluralism, this year’s talk gave a riveting recount of how South Africa’s constitution was created.

Princess Zahra addresses the Asia Racing Conference in Mumbai, India on 25 January 2016. Ahmed Charania

Speech by Princess Zahra at the Opening Ceremony of the 36th Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai on 26 January 2016.

Horse breeding is a 250 year old tradition in Mawlana Hazar Imam's family; many of the horses "are old friends," says Princess Zahra. Ritsuko Naito

“Success breeds success” declares the well-known motto of Aga Khan Studs. Speaking in Mumbai at the end of January, Princess Zahra looked back on her family’s history with horses, and considered the future.

Dr Farhad Daftary signs books for audience members at a book launch event in Mumbai, India earlier this month. ITREB India

The Co-Director of the IIS, Dr Farhad Daftary was recently in Mumbai to launch two new publications that trace the progress of modern Ismaili studies from the contributions of Wladimir Ivanow to contemporary times. The event was an opportunity for bridge-building among communities that share a common history.

The redesigned IIS website is tablet and mobile-friendly, and continues to be an excellent learning resource. Courtesy of the IIS

The Institute of Ismaili Studies recently launched a major redesign of its website — The updated site offers a complete new look and a smooth user experience that is compatible with desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

The late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister, in discussion with Mawlana Hazar Imam during the opening of the Ismaili Centre. Ismaili Council for the UK

Thirty years ago, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened an Ismaili Centre in the heart of London. The first such high-profile centre to be conceived, it has over the past three decades facilitated new relationships and an improved understanding within British society of both the Shia Ismaili Muslim community and the wider Muslim ummah.

Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Prince Aly Khan Hospital. (Mumbai, 1958) A. H. Ukani

Over the past decades, Mawlana Hazar Imam has visited India to meet with the country’s leaders, review the progress of Aga Khan Development Network initiatives, and launch new projects. This photo gallery showcases some of his visits over the years.

Professor Nasser Rabbat speaking at the Royal Ontario Museum on 14 July 2014. Ibrahim Meru

Cairo has been the talk of Toronto — at least in the halls of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Ismaili Centre. Through a series of lectures, leading scholars have been journeying into the thousand-year-old city, describing how it has been reshaped over the centuries, and sharing the historic impressions recorded by medieval visitors in their writings.

RAYS OF LIGHT will open in Sydney later this week before traveling to other cities in Australia and New Zealand. Ismaili Council for ANZ

Beginning this week, Australia plays host to RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat. Opening first in Sydney, the photographic exhibition will travel to centres across the country in November and December, and on to New Zealand in the new year.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveil a plaque commemorating the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Moez Visram

Toronto, 12 September 2014 — In a ceremony marking the culmination of 18 years of planning, design and construction, the Prime Minister of Canada — in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam — declared the Ismaili Centre, Toronto open.

Toronto, Canada — On Friday, 12 September 2014, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and His Highness the Aga Khan formally opened the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and Aga Khan Museum.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr delivers an Ismaili Centre International Lecture on “Religion, Secularism and the Challenge of the Environmental Crisis” at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 26 April 2014.

Forces of modernity are preventing a meaningful response to the environmental crisis in favor of economic interests, says Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr. The renowned intellectual and pioneering environmental philosopher was delivering the inaugural Ismaili Centre International Lecture in Burnaby, Canada.

Ibn al-Haytham was a Fatimid-era scholar and polymath who wrote over 200 scientific works in subjects like astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics, philosophy, and physics.

Born in 965 CE, Ibn al-Haytham is considered by many to be the world’s first scientist. He also invented the camera obscura, the earliest avatar of the modern digital camera that you carry around in your pocket.

On 27 March 2014, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a panel discussion on the future of shale gas in the UK. Andrew Austin, the Rt Hon Edward Davey, MP and Professor Alan Riley formed the panel, which was moderated by Galib Virani.

London, 27 March 2014 – The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the CEO of an oil and gas exploration and production company and a Professor of Law at a London university took part in a panel discussion on the future of shale gas in the United Kingdom at the Ismaili Centre, London. The event was the latest in the Ismaili Centre Lecture series, which explores the “the big issues of our time.”

Discover fascinating details about ancient cities recorded by Nasir Khusraw in his “Safar-nama”, from Balkh in Northern Afghanistan, to Aleppo, Jerusalem, Medina, Mecca and Basra.

Nasir Khusraw was a major Muslim intellectual, philosopher and traveller of the 11th century, and a prominent Shia Ismaili Da‘i. A new digital resource from The Institute of Ismaili Studies makes his famous Safar-nama accessible in a way that it never has been before.

John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, delivers the 2013 Ismaili Centre Lecture in Burnaby, Canada.

Burnaby, Canada, 1 December 2013 – John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, delivered the Ismaili Centre Lecture, in which he described pluralism as being central to Canadian identity. Featuring speakers of distinction, Ismaili Centre Lectures are held regularly at Centres around the world, and seek to encourage exchange, mutual understanding and friendship between peoples of diverse communities and faiths.

Enclosed by panels of limestone trellis, the Grand Courtyard of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Kinshasa is a delight for the senses.

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Kinshasa is a contemporary complex that blends timeless traditional design principles. It provides an environment for spiritual contemplation and reflection, and represents a new milestone in the long history of the Congolese Jamat, which continues to build on its pioneering spirit in a country of growing opportunity.

Professor Charles Correa addresses the audience at a gathering held at the Ismaili Centre, London in his honour.

London, 16 May 2013 – At a special event held at the Ismaili Centre, Prince Amyn spoke in honour of the illustrious career of Professor Charles Correa, and acknowledged his long-standing partnership with the AKDN. Professor Correa is widely recognised in the field of urban planning not only for creating significant designs, but also for addressing social challenges through the medium of architecture.