The tour ended at the magnificent green domed Masjid Malcolm Shabazz which was founded in 1956. The mosque hosts interfaith congregants, a school, and continues to be a hub of religious life in a rapidly-changing corner of Harlem.
The tour ended at the magnificent green domed Masjid Malcolm Shabazz which was founded in 1956. The mosque hosts interfaith congregants, a school, and continues to be a hub of religious life in a rapidly-changing corner of Harlem.
Discovering Islam in New York City: a tour of its Muslim History
Discovering Islam in New York City: a tour of its Muslim History
9 June 2019

Muslims have been a part of New York City, even before New York was a city. Records show that Muslims arrived in the area as part of the Dutch settlement, New Amsterdam, since the 1600s. Today, there are now over 300 registered mosques in the City. This is how the Muslim Tour of Harlem, a historic neighborhood in New York, begins. Katie Merriman, a doctoral student of religious studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill escorted a group of New York City Ismailis on a tour of 400 years of Muslim history in New York. On a three-hour walking tour, participants expanded their knowledge of how Muslims have contributed to their city and continue to do so.

Prince Amyn delivers remarks upon accepting the 31st annual Hadrian Award.
Prince Amyn delivers remarks upon accepting the 31st annual Hadrian Award.
Video: Prince Amyn presented with 2018 Hadrian Award
24 October 2018

On 23 October, Prince Amyn was presented with the 2018 Hadrian Award by World Monuments Fund (WMF) Chair Lorna B. Goodman, who paid tribute to his “generous, thoughtful, responsible, and engaged” contribution to WMF. In his acceptance remarks, Prince Amyn emphasised the importance of monuments, and ensuring that they are self-sustaining and accepted by local communities.

Lorna B. Goodman, Chair of the World Monuments Fund, presents the 2018 Hadrian Award to Prince Amyn.
Lorna B. Goodman, Chair of the World Monuments Fund, presents the 2018 Hadrian Award to Prince Amyn.
Prince Amyn honoured at World Monuments Fund’s Hadrian Gala
Prince Amyn honoured at World Monuments Fund’s Hadrian Gala
22 October 2018

The World Monuments Fund honoured Prince Amyn at the 31st annual Hadrian Gala on 23 October at the Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York City, in recognition of his lifelong support for cultural heritage.

Salim Rahimi, Hon. Sec of the Council for the Central US, welcoming the artists, speakers, and guests to the dinner at Plano Jamatkhana.
Salim Rahimi, Hon. Sec of the Council for the Central US, welcoming the artists, speakers, and guests to the dinner at Plano Jamatkhana.
Council for Central US Cosponsors Art Symposium
Council for Central US Cosponsors Art Symposium
12 September 2018

“Diversity is not a burden to be endured, but an opportunity to be welcomed,” said Melia Belli, Associate Professor of South Asian art history at the University of Victoria, in her opening remarks. The occasion was the Islamic Art Symposium entitled “Intersections: Visual Cultures of Islamic Cosmopolitanism,” held at the Dallas Museum of Art between May 4-5. It was cosponsored with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, Islamic Art Revival Series, and the Aga Khan Council for the Central United States.

Mashid-e-Shah, Isfahan, Iran, completed in 1629 in the Safavid period.
Mashid-e-Shah, Isfahan, Iran, completed in 1629 in the Safavid period.
The significance of art
The significance of art
1 July 2018

The Jubilee Arts Festivals, held in countries across the world and culminating in the International Arts Festival in Lisbon in the coming days, have engaged the creative talent of the global Jamat for the past year. This is the first undertaking of its kind, bringing together Ismailis from around the world to celebrate art, film, photography, dance, music, and other forms of artistic expression.

Saltanat Ersultan, Tokzhan Karatai
Saltanat Ersultan, Tokzhan Karatai
A musical epic of Central Asia comes to Brooklyn
A musical epic of Central Asia comes to Brooklyn
5 June 2018

Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls) is an epic poem in the tradition of famous works like the Iliad and The Odyssey.

Rafiq at the National Sawdust Concert, Brooklyn, New York, April 2018.
Rafiq at the National Sawdust Concert, Brooklyn, New York, April 2018.
Rafiq Bhatia: breaking boundaries in experimental music
Rafiq Bhatia: breaking boundaries in experimental music
31 May 2018

A freethinker with hybrid ideas, Rafiq Bhatia’s work has left distinctive footprints in the musical world resulting in a vast following.

Maruf Noyoft with his rubab.
Maruf Noyoft with his rubab.
Produced by Inspiration: Filmmakers Create Unique Expressions of Art
Produced by Inspiration: Filmmakers Create Unique Expressions of Art
11 May 2018

The National Jubilee Arts Festival in Los Angeles showcased 18 films of various genres including suspenseful thrillers and documentaries and themes ranging from hope and devotion to pursuing one’s dreams.

"Stories" vocalists singing passionately.
"Stories" vocalists singing passionately.
The Making of "Stories: Our American Journey"
The Making of "Stories: Our American Journey"
10 May 2018

The concept of Stories: Our American Journey, was first conceived by a small group of individuals, including professional Ismaili artists, about a year ago.

Some of the glass weights from the collection presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam in Houston.
Some of the glass weights from the collection presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam in Houston.
And Diverse are their Hues: A description of the gift presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam during his USA Visit
And Diverse are their Hues: A description of the gift presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam during his USA Visit
5 May 2018

A rare collection of Fatimid era (909-1171) colorful glass weights was presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam on the final Mulaqat of his USA visit, in Houston on March 22, 2018.

A young girl displays her geometric shape tile artwork, featuring traditional elements of Islamic art from the Aga Khan Museum publication, "Astounding ABC."
A young girl displays her geometric shape tile artwork, featuring traditional elements of Islamic art from the Aga Khan Museum publication, "Astounding ABC."
Children's Museum of Atlanta partners with the Ismaili community on Navroz
Children's Museum of Atlanta partners with the Ismaili community on Navroz
22 March 2018

Atlanta welcomed springtime once again with an afternoon of activities at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

As part of the Snow Lion Dance, the snow lion tousles the rainbow tassels attached to its ears. The dance demonstrates the spirit of “the fearless and elegant quality of the enlightened mind.”
As part of the Snow Lion Dance, the snow lion tousles the rainbow tassels attached to its ears. The dance demonstrates the spirit of “the fearless and elegant quality of the enlightened mind.”
Monks Perform Sacred Music Sacred Dance at Plano Jamatkhana
Monks Perform Sacred Music Sacred Dance at Plano Jamatkhana
3 February 2018

Plano Jamatkhana partnered with the Thanks-Giving Foundation and the Crow Collection of Asian Art to host a performance of The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance