We live in a world where we are often around people who are different from us. Research shows that humans are born with a bias in favour of those who are similar to them and against those who are different. Thus, this talk argues that it is imperative for the survival of civilised society that the value of pluralism is encouraged and taught at all levels of society.
Focus on the importance of Islamic architecture and how it has evolved over the years. Additionally, discuss how Islamic architecture interacts with culture and society and stress the role of human agency in shaping that interplay on 12 November 2020.
In the second part of “End of the River” John-Allan Namu documents how a severe brought has impacted Kenya’s northern rangelands. Competing tribesmen have attacked livestock and burned down fences and buildings of ranches and conservancies in Laikipia. Are Kenya’s cattle wars a harbinger of what is to come, as rivers dry up and grasslands turn into wastelands? A film by Sam Munia and John-Allan Namu.
Climate Change is one of the most time-sensitive and pressing anthropogenic issues of our time. Join us as we explore Climate Science and how we can be better stewards towards our Earth and the human race.
Part of a three-part documentary series, Restoring Dignity: Delhi explores the transformational work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Delhi - 18 September 2013 Part 3 of 3.
Join us for a discussion with the Aga Khan Development Network Resident Diplomatic Representatives of Canada, Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as they illustrate how the local context shapes the networks work while understanding the broader connection between the global projects.
Le Dr Bilkis Vissandjee interviewe deux conférenciers: le Dr Cécile Rousseau, psychiatre, et Nadira Imambaskh, praticienne experte en psychologie positive. Ces échanges visent à partager des conseils pour mieux faire face aux situations difficiles.
Ginans - Ismaili religious literature originating from the religion-cultural context of the Indian Subcontinent, has sometimes been viewed as “lacking Islamic personality”. This talk will challenge this view and introduce audiences to multiple examples of religious poetry used by various Muslim traditions from the region to highlight typical characteristics of the literature that are greatly influenced by South Asian cultural contexts. The talk will also introduce the audience to multiple IIS publications that one can turn to in order to learn more and gain further insights into this topic.
What is the future of work, and what can students do to prepare for it? In this first episode of Careers of the Future, Zabeen Hirji discusses the impact of emerging career trends on high school and university students.
Ginans - Ismaili religious literature originating from the religion-cultural context of the Indian Subcontinent, has sometimes been viewed as “lacking Islamic personality”. This talk will challenge this view and introduce audiences to multiple examples of religious poetry used by various Muslim traditions from the region to highlight typical characteristics of the literature that are greatly influenced by South Asian cultural contexts. The talk will also introduce the audience to multiple IIS publications that one can turn to in order to learn more and gain further insights into this topic.
The Ismaili Centre 2020 Global Milad un-Nabi Lecture: The Quest for a Moral Economy in the Post-Covid Era with Prof. Mohamed Iqbal Asaria, CBE, a leading thinker and practitioner of Islamic Finance, will deliver a short presentation followed by a moderated discussion with Aga Khan Foundation (UK) National Committee Chairman, Mr. Mahmood Ahmed 11 November 2020.
Kenya’s most famous TV investigative reporter produced a four-part film on the cattle wars in northern Kenya. In the lawless wilderness of northern Kenya, where pastoralists graze their cows, well-armed herders are forced to compete for diminishing grasslands in this era of climate change. Cattle rustling between Samburu, Boran, Pokot, and Turkana warriors is on the rise. Hundreds have died in senseless cattle wars that top Kenya’s losses from terrorism. A film by Sam Munia and John-Allan Namu.
Part of a three-part documentary series, Restoring Dignity: Lahore explores the transformational work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Lahore. Part 2 of 3.
Have you ever wondered if Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will replace human beings? Join us as we explore these quickly evolving fields that have the potential to completely alter how our world functions.
Dr. Karen Armstrong, an internationally acclaimed scholar and best-selling author of numerous books on religion, delivered the keynote address at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. Organised jointly by The Ismaili Centre and UAE Ministry of Tolerance, Dr. Armstrong spoke about the Charter of Compassion which she launched with religious leaders globally. The Charter has over two million signatures and brings to light the reason and urgency of practicing compassion in a polarised world.
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center present a discussion with the 2020 Pulitzer Award for History recipient Dr. Caleb McDaniel, Rice University History Chair and Professor, about his most recent book Sweet Taste of Liberty. The book chronicles the life of Henrietta Wood, a woman who was born enslaved, freed before the Civil War, kidnapped and re-enslaved, and then freed again by the war. In a moderated discussion, Dr. McDaniel will touch on his work and research focused on the history and impact of slavery on the social, cultural, and civic life of the nation and generations of its citizens. The event will be moderated by Dr. Neelam Khoja, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and a graduate of Harvard University with a research focus on historically marginalized communities.
Exploring select examples from the Dawr al-Satr (765-909 CE) and the Fatimid period (909-1171 CE) of our history, Dr. Shainool Jiwa illustrates how the Imams and the leadership at the time dealt with challenging circumstances of their age, using them as a springboard for laying stronger foundations for the future of the Jamat across various regions of the world.
Navroz or “New Day” is Tajikistan’s biggest holiday, marking the beginning of spring. On these festive days spring comes entirely to the ancient Tajik land and it may be finally seen in its fine splendor. For the Tajiks, Navroz represents a festival of friendship and renewal of all living beings. The film shows the customs and traditions of celebrating Navroz in remote areas of the Pamir Mountains, which have undergone changes today.

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