The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center are pleased to present, "Arts and Sounds of the Islamic World." The program will begin to explore the vast world of Islamic arts through a discussion with Dr. Aimée Froom, Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a musical performance by Shahid Qalandar.
With their hunched posture and baldheads, vultures are associated with death. But they are the unsung cleanup crew in Africa. Without them, diseases would spread, and the Maasai Mara Reserve with a smell like a slaughterhouse. But in the last 30 years, even African vulture species have declined by over 80%. Pastoralists angered by attacks on their cattle by lions lace the carcasses with poison. 60 % of vulture deaths have been due to poisoning. Follow a team trying to save them during the annual wildebeest migrations. A film by Noella Luka and Mercy Adundo.
A dialogue between the mayors of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver on the way that the ongoing pandemic has shaped the way that they understand civic life.
Alim Hirji, the elite table tennis athlete, shares his experiences in the sport and his personal journey to success.
Watch the journey of the Ismaili Centre London, from construction and opening to the importance of the Ismaili Centre London today.
In 1970 Kenya was home to 20,000 black rhinos. By 1989 only 400 rhinos were left. They were killed for their horns which are prized in Asia for folk medicine. Even though there is no scientific proof that the raw material of both rhino horns and human fingernails has any medicinal value, a kilo of keratin fetches $60K on the black market. Conservationists say that the only way to save rhinos from extinction is to create a secure habitat for them to live and breed. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which started with only 4 black rhinos in 1988 now is home to 114. Each of Ol Pejeta's rhinos is protected by rangers and armed guards at a cost of $10K a year. But this expense is part of a comprehensive business plan where wildlife protection has to pay its own way. A film by Teeku Patel & Amit Ramrakha.
Farhan Lalji, sports reporter for TSN's SportsCentre, and Nabil Karim, sports anchor for ESPN's SportsCentre share their experiences of their careers in sports media.
Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in collaboration with the City of Houston and the Consulate General of Pakistan in Houston is pleased to present a performance featuring Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwals. The legendary master musicians from Pakistan hail from the historical Qawwal Bachon Ka Gharana, the oldest school of Hindustani classical music tradition. The duo is continuing a rich family tradition going back centuries performing Qawwali, the Sufi devotional art form that brings literary works that span several cultural and geographic influences.
Imagine treating a 200-pound gorilla that’s broken her leg after falling out of a tree. That’s a routine call for Rwanda’s Dr. Gaspard and Gorilla doctors working in Volcanoes National Park. On other days he will treat gorillas hurt by snares, poachers, or in fights between rival groups. We’ll go on patrol with the park rangers responsible for keeping this highly endangered species and our close cousin, from disappearing forever. A film by Novella Nikwigiza & Lucas Rosenberg.
Sommes-nous tous égaux sur le plan psychique face à la crise sanitaire? Comment préserver sa santé mentale? Qu’est ce que la résilience? Dr Nigar Ribault, psychiatre, partagera des éléments de réponses à ces questions.
A discussion with young leaders from Bangladesh on their journey from acquiring knowledge to leading meaningful lives.
Interested in a career in architecture or design? In this episode, Moyez Alwani (Global Head of Design at The Aga Khan Academies) shares his journey and discusses the skills necessary to succeed in these fields.
Nairobi’s building boom has created an environmental catastrophe in Kenya’s semi-arid eastern provinces. You can’t make cement without sand, often illegally scooped out of riverbeds by an army of workers in Machakos and Makueni countries. After the sand has been carted away by unscrupulous sand harvesting cartels, the rivers dry up or turn into raging torrents during the rainy season. Makueni’s governor is trying to stop it but compares the business to the drug trade, where corruption and threats of violence stymie enforcement. A film by Samuel Waweru & Humphrey Odhiambo.
Interested in a career in finance or economics? In this episode, Dr. Sajjid Chinoy (Chief India Economist at JP Morgan) discusses the different career opportunities available in these fields and what skills students will need to succeed.
Kenya experienced one of the worst droughts in memory because critics say, it has cut down its trees. Forests used to cover 30% of the land In pre-colonial times. Now they only occupy 6% of Kenya’s space. Helen and Kenya Mutiso want to teach Kenyans how to grow forests in their own backyard and make money from medicines, skincare products, and dyes. It’s part of a nationwide effort to cover 10% of Kenya’s land with trees. A film by Kevin Njue.
External stressors and interactions have real physical consequences on the human body. Join us as we explore mental health, especially in these tough times.
Renowned Belgian Flutist Christian Plouvier and acclaimed International Concert Pianist Avenline Gram, delight an audience with an extensive repertoire of music, exquisite in choice, harmony, and presentation. The artists synchronise their performance of melodies ranging from classical to popular. The event was co-hosted by the Belgian Business Council, the Belgian Embassy, and the Ismaili Centre Dubai.
Interested in a career in education? In this episode, Rahim Hirji (UK Country Manager at Quizlet) discusses how technology will change the field of education and what skills will be necessary to succeed in the field.