ITREB USA is pleased to launch the first book in the Living Ismaili Traditions Series from the IIS, Ismaili Festivals: Stories of Celebration written by Dr. Shiraz Kabani. This session highlights Dr. Kabani's USA tour to Austin, TX, and Chicago, IL, featuring thought-provoking and engaging insights by Dr. Kabani, musical performances of pieces from the book, and Q&As from Jamati members across the country.
Host Nina Hirji Kheraj and Dr. Shiraz Kabani, author of Ismaili Festivals, explore the stories of celebration and lived experiences of Ismailis that inspired the book. Combining lively storytelling and personal anecdotes, Dr. Kabani provides a first-hand account of festivals as they are celebrated across the diverse, global Jamat. This conversation was held live at the Ismaili Centre, London on February 10, 2022, and presented by the Institute of Ismaili Studies and ITREB UK.
Learn about the extraordinary impact of the conservation and renovation-driven urban development undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture India and its partners. The years-long initiative has resulted in a significant impact on the cultural, architectural, ecological, and economic landscape in a historic part of New Delhi bringing together the World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb, Sundar Nursery, Nizamuddin Basti, and acres of the surrounding area.
Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, CEO of the Aga Khan Museum, speaks with Christopher Wilton-Steer, photographer of The Silk Road: A Living History exhibition about his 40,000 km journey across the historic silk route and his experiences witnessing the intricate connections between distant cultures. Created in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation, the exhibition features photographs from Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, India, and China.
After many years of anticipation, designs of the Ismaili Center in Houston were presented at a special event hosted in Houston, Texas. Design architect Farshid Moussavi and landscape architect Thomas Woltz shared plans for the site's building and gardens. Also present at the event were civic officials, leaders from civil society, and the media.
Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), is commemorated as a joyous occasion by almost two billion followers around the world. During his lifetime, the Holy Prophet established a paradigm of life for Muslims, embracing a harmony between spiritual and material, respect for the dignity of all human life, and equitable social order. His model of leadership, rooted in honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness, serves as an exemplar to this day, for millions. ​ On Sunday, October 17, we commemorate this historic occasion with inspiring remarks from special guests Dr. Aman Haji and Professor Adel Iskandar, as well as poetry and visuals to lift the spirit as we honour the Prophet's legacy.
A moderated panel discussion - Exploring Environmental Governance & The Impacts of Climate ChangeSpeakers: Galeeb Kachra - Environmental Professional ConsultantHelen Lopez - Assistant Director at CA Governor's Office of Emergency ServicesMarta Segura - Climate Emergency Mobilization, Director at the City of Los Angeles.
In recognition of International Day of Democracy, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center is pleased to present, “Leadership, Education & Democracy.” Join us for a conversation on the role of effective leadership and the importance of global education in strengthening democracy and improving the quality of human life.
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA are pleased to present Abraham: Out of One, Many a virtual artistic exploration on living harmoniously in today’s world, inspired by Abraham, the common ancestor of three celebrated contemporary Middle Eastern artists from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. The featured artists include Iraqi-American artists Sinan Hussein, Qais Al Sindy, and renowned contemporary Jewish artist Shai Azoulay.
Photographer Gary Otte has taken many thousands of photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visits to his Jamats, his meetings with world leaders, and AKDN projects across the world. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Otte describes his motivation to compile a visual record of Hazar Imam’s life and work, centered around photos taken by him and other photographers over the course of eight decades. The book, entitled Depth of Field, is now available to pre-order from The Ismaili Shop.
In recognition of US Independence Day (July 4th), the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern USA is pleased to bring you a conversation with Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center, moderated by Justice Halim Dhanidina. Improved constitutional understanding is one of the four elements Mawlana Hazar Imam suggested could help strengthen democracy's effectiveness in meeting its central challenge of improving the quality of its constituents' lives.
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Pakistan in Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, and Aga Khan Museum, presents Sanam Marvi. a master Sufi and folk musician whose influence cuts across linguistic, cultural, and geographic boundaries.
In a conversation with Zahra Jivan, city builder and civic leader Zahra Ebrahim share stories from her projects to show the link between design and justice, and especially how we can frame problems in a people-centered manner to enable individuals to design their own solutions.
How the institutions have been working to bring the Imam's vision to life and what is our role as his ambassadors to create a more pluralistic society.
Ismaili Centre Lisbon highlights stories with very different origins and life experiences, but all of them with a link to the history of the Imams and the community itself.
Join us as we host an in-flight conversation with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Organized by the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US in collaboration with NASA, this exciting broadcast will feature questions from middle school students and special messages from key elected and state officials.
In recognition of International Museum Day, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA in collaboration with the High Museum of Art-Atlanta, Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto presents a discussion on the role of museums in bridging cultures and developing solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.
Aga Khan Education Services Bangladesh hosted an event on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Aga Khan Education Services in Bangladesh. The Future of Education in Bangladesh was presented by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder, and Chairman of BRAC within the beautiful setting of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Dhaka.
The IIS and ITREB Portugal are proud to host an author and book talk. Join author Shams Vellani in lively conversation with Zohora Pirbhai. People of Faith is Essays on a Historical and Contemporary Profile of the Ismailis.
In this episode of Visionary Voices, Khalil Shariff, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation, Canada explores the topic of resilience in the face of crisis.

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