ITREB Canada: Facets of Faith – The Qasida Tradition of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
ITREB Canada: Facets of Faith - Alwaez Allahbakhsh Jaffery will explore the role of the Qasida tradition in the history of our Jamat. Originating in pre–Islamic Arabia, qasidas have come to refer to any poem of a certain length in Arabic, Persian and Turkish literatures. Qasidas are also composed to celebrate festivals and are an important expression of devotion for Ismailis in Central Asia and Syria. Alwaez Allahbaksh takes us on a mystical journey through the world of Qasidas.