Inspired by the University of Texas at Arlington’s Building Bridges workshop in 2021, amateur filmmaker Kelly Gray Bobino follows a young man’s journey into his Muslim heritage. The film was presented at the Plano Jamatkhana in Texas and is part of the Building Bridges Short Film Series.
Inspired by the University of Texas at Arlington’s Building Bridges workshop in 2021, amateur filmmaker Nadeem Haji explores how green spaces impact urban settings. The film was presented at the Plano Jamatkhana in Texas and is part of the Building Bridges Short Film Series.
Inspired by the University of Texas at Arlington’s Building Bridges workshop in 2021, amateur filmmaker Neelam Hussain explores how values play a role in physical spaces. The film was presented at the Plano Jamatkhana in Texas and is part of the Building Bridges Short Film Series.
ICC Canada: Onstage Conversations 2022Art as Dialogue – In Conversation with Dr. Ulrike al-Khamis – 29 May 2022
In the first installment of a five-part series, Onstage Conversations 2022, Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo talks with Dr. Ulrike al-Khamis, Director & CEO of the Aga Khan Museum. The conversation focuses on the role of art in bridging divides as societies become more polarized by words and images. The series is presented by Simon Fraser University in partnership with the Ismaili Centres.
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA together with the Ismaili Centre Toronto present a discussion in recognition of the International Day of Tolerance. In a discussion with three representatives of the Aga Khan Development Network, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Diplomatic Representative to Canada, Sheherezade Hirji, Diplomatic Representative to Afghanistan, and Munir Merali, Diplomatic Representative to the People's Republic of Bangladesh, illustrate how local contexts shape the work of the AKDN and provide an understanding of the broader connection between the global projects.
Ismaili Traditions Series: In Conversation with Dr. Shiraz Kabani, author of Ismaili Festivals – Stories of Celebration – 8 May 2022
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.
Ismaili Centre Conversations Canada: The Silk Road: A Living History with Christopher Wilton-Steer – 28 November, 2021
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.
Ismaili Centre Conversations USA: Exploring Environmental Governance & The Impacts of Climate Change
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 Conversations Portugal: How Communities Grow Through Cultural Diversity – 23 May 2021
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.