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Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Governor General David Johnston unveil a plaque marking the opening of the international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. Moez Visram

Ottawa, 16 May 2017 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada officially opened the new international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism today.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Aly Muhammad at the Global Centre for Pluralism, accompanied by Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib and Farhad Mawani, Project Manager for the renovation of 330 Sussex Drive. Moez Visram

Ottawa, 15 May 2017 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Ottawa this afternoon. Tomorrow he will be joined by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada for the official opening of the international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism.

Lion’s Head, Historic Syria, 9th–8th centuries BCE, Ivory, carved. With permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM.

The large contemporary photographs that greet visitors at the entrance to Syria: A Living History, contrast sharply with the devastation wreaked by the country’s six-year civil war. Instead, the exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which spans 5 000 years, celebrates the land and people of Syria — and offers hope.

The spirit of Jamati unity prevailed as Ismailis from around the world gathered in Dubai for the 2016 Jubilee Games. JG

Competition was intense at the 2016 Jubilee Games, but it was the spirit of Jamati unity that won out in the end. Watch as Ismailis from around the world render the familiar lyrics “Dream, believe and reach the the sky!” in several of the many languages spoken in their home countries.

The convocation of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies took place at St Basil’s Collegiate Church in Toronto. Mo Govindji

Canada’s oldest humanities research, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, awarded Mawlana Hazar Imam an honorary degree for his service to humanity at a ceremony in Toronto on 20 May 2016.

Richard Alway, Praeses of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies congratulates Mawlana Hazar Imam upon the conferring the honorary degree. Zahur Ramji

Toronto, 20 May 2016 — At a special ceremony held this evening, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies awarded Mawlana Hazar Imam an honorary degree for his service to humanity. The Chancellor of the Institute, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto conferred the degree at St Basil’s Collegiate Church.

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.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Amyn review plans for the future home of the Global Centre for Pluralism with Bruce Kuwabara of KPMB Architects, Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib and Farhad Mawani of Imara. Moez Visram

Mawlana Hazar Imam is on a six-day visit to Canada, during which he will be in Ottawa and Toronto to attend various meetings and events. On Thursday, Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver introductory remarks at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Pluralism Lecture, being held at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with AKDN Representative Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary-General John McNee, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion, at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa. AKDN / Safiq Devji

Ottawa, 11 February 2016 — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the guest of honour at a private luncheon at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat today. The event underscored the importance of accommodating and valuing diversity around the world.

Professor Ali Asani introduces Mawlana Hazar Imam before the 2015 Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University. Farhez Rayani

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 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.

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 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.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University on 12 November 2015.

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

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova speaking at the Ismaili Centre, London on protecting cultural heritage. Ismaili Council for the UK

London, 27 October 2015 — UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova spoke at the Ismaili Centre, London on the challenges of protecting cultural heritage in times of conflict. An on-stage question and answer session moderated by New York Times Editorial Board Member Serge Schmemann followed.

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.

Musicians from the Constantinople Ensemble showcased percussion and string instruments from the East and West. Asif Murji

Toronto, 6 June 2015 — The Montreal-based Constantinople Musical Ensemble, along with special guests from Greece and Turkey, gave a concert at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Their performance recalled the sights and sounds of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), a city rich in history and culture.

Secretary of State Greg Clark speaking at the launch of The Big Iftar 2015, which took place at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK

Earlier this month, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP joined the Ismaili Muslim community for the launch of the Big Iftar 2015 at the Ismaili Centre, London. The Big Iftar is a national initiative supported by the United Kingdom government that promotes neighbourliness, strengthening of community relations and sharing.

Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin delivers the fourth Annual Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. GCP / T Sandler

Toronto, 28 May 2015 — The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism Annual Lecture. The event took place at the Aga Khan Museum in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and numerous Canadian dignitaries.

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