When did it all start, and how did it begin? See and hear the full story of the Ismaili Centre Lisbon, including highlights, special moments, and exclusive footage collected over several decades. As part of its 25th-anniversary celebrations, join us for an in-depth reflection on what the Centre has meant in the lives of the Jamat and the wider community in Portugal and beyond.
When did it all start, and how did it begin? See and hear the full story of the Ismaili Centre Lisbon, including highlights, special moments, and exclusive footage collected over several decades. As part of its 25th-anniversary celebrations, join us for an in-depth reflection on what the Centre has meant in the lives of the Jamat and the wider community in Portugal and beyond.
Dr. Samantha Green, Afzal Sovani, Jon Lomow, and Rehana Rajabali discuss the impact of climate change as seen from the lens of health, agriculture, and infrastructure. This program was held on April 26, 2023, at the Ismaili Centre Toronto and was presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum and Aga Khan Park.
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.
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.
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.
Ismaili Centre Conversations Series : Showcasing the traditional Spanish art form of Flamenco, the USA Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA is pleased to present a soulfully expressive medium that combines tradition, music, and dance into an exciting performance. Solero Flamenco returns to the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center for a journey through southern Spain and the many diverse influences that have shaped this unique art form.
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.
We look back on the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon in 1998, and then at the highlights of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Golden Jubilee visit to Portugal.
Panelists from diverse industries, and at varying stages in their careers, share their experiences of career pivots highlighting the importance of adaptability, resilience, and lifelong learning.

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