Professor Spergel at the Ismaili Centre Burnaby

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This year, on 11 July 2017, the Ismaili Community around the world marked the Diamond Jubilee and the 60th anniversary of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s ascension to the Imamat.

 

This year, on the 11 July 2017, the Ismaili Community around the world marked the Diamond Jubilee, and the 60th anniversary of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s ascension to the Imamat.

Syed Ali Abbas Razawi at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, where he gave a keynote lecture at the occasion of Yawm-e Ali 2017. Salim Nensi

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi gave a lecture commemorating Yawm-e-Ali, the birthday of Hazrat Ali, at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Saturday, 1 April 2017.

Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted a dinner and concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai for the international attendees of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Gary Otte

On the evening of Saturday, 5 November, Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted a dinner and concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai for the international attendees of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The feature of the evening was a rare musical encounter between the talented and innovative artists from Afghanistan, China, Italy, and Syria.

Visitors gather around the architectural-scale model of a historic district of Cairo that served as a centrepiece of the exhibition and was populated by houses designed and printed by 3D workshop participants. Vazir Karsan

Connect Create Cairo is an exhibition and workshop that uses 3D printing technology to get people thinking about the past, present and future of cities and urban spaces. Recently held at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the exhibition gave participants a chance to become urban planners and conceive their own design solutions.

Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Enterprise and Resources at the Royal Geographical Society, delivers a lecture on the history and significance of the Silk Road. Riaz Kassam

As part of the Nour Festival of Arts, Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Collections at the Royal Geographical Society, speaks on People and Places along the Silk Road: a geographical perspective at the Ismaili Centre, London in November 2014.

The London Uyghur Ensemble in performance at the Ismaili Centre, London as part of the 2014 Nour Festival. Sadrudin Verjee

Shining a light on contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture, the fifth annual Nour Festival of Arts took place at venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in October – November 2014. As a partner of the festival, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a series of events that celebrated the cultural diversity of the Silk Road.

Visitors during the 2014 Lisboa Open House weekend joined thousands who have toured the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon since it’s inauguration in 1998. Ismaili Council for Portugal

Over the weekend of 11–12 October, the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon took part in Lisboa Open House, an annual event to raise awareness about spaces of architectural and cultural value. Visitors learnt about the relationship between the architecture of the building and the history and values of a Muslim community that has been in Portugal for decades.

Professor Nasser Rabbat speaking at the Royal Ontario Museum on 14 July 2014. Ibrahim Meru

Cairene sunsets and medieval tourists retrace the development of one of the most important centres in the Muslim world.

Cairo has been the talk of Toronto — at least in the halls of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Ismaili Centre. Through a series of lectures, leading scholars have been journeying into the thousand-year-old city, describing how it has been reshaped over the centuries, and sharing the historic impressions recorded by medieval visitors in their writings.

The Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group performs at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto in celebration of Eid al-Adha. Vazir Karsan

Toronto, 5 October 2014 — The lyrical sounds of qawwali music filled the social hall of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Over 200 guests attended the celebration, which was also the inaugural public event of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

Ismailis from across Toronto attended Jamatkhana for the first time at the new Ismaili Centre on 19 September 2014. Moez Visram

Toronto, 19 September 2014 — Ismaili Muslims from across the city gathered to attend Jamatkhana for the first time at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. It was a particularly happy and emotional occasion, especially for the Jamat who live in the Don Mills area and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveil a plaque commemorating the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Moez Visram

In a ceremony marking the culmination of 18 years of planning, design and construction, the Prime Minister of Canada — in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam — declared the Ismaili Centre, Toronto open.

Unveiling the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

Speech by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, at the Opening Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Friday, 12 September 2014.

Toronto, Canada — On Friday, 12 September 2014, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and His Highness the Aga Khan formally opened the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and Aga Khan Museum.

Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, on Friday, 12 September 2014.

Visible from the Don Valley Parkway, the crystalline frosted glass dome of the Ismaili Centre Jamatkhana radiates light at night from the highest point of the site. Gary Otte

Photographs of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, taken at the eve of the opening ceremony on 12 September 2014.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Minister Chris Alexander and President Malik Talib upon his arrival in Toronto. Zahur Ramji

Toronto, 10 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada this afternoon, ahead of the opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. The occasion, to be marked by two separate ceremonies, will take place on Friday. Full coverage, including a live webcast of both opening ceremonies will be provided on TheIsmaili.org.