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Members of the audience commented that they felt enriched with new knowledge, and were curious to learn more about this lesser known period of Islamic history.

The First Aga Khan: Memoirs of the 46th Ismaili Imam was recently launched by the Institute of Ismaili Studies. Part of the Ismaili Texts and Translations Series, the book was published in honour of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee. It is the first English translation of the original Persian manuscript, ‘Ibrat-afza, which was composed by Imam Hasan Ali Shah in 1850. 

The new IIS publication sheds light on the remarkable life and career of the 46th Ismaili Imam - Mawlana Hasan Ali Shah.

On a spring evening last month in London, The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) launched their newest publication, entitled The First Aga Khan: Memoirs of the 46th Ismaili Imam. The book covers a significant period of Ismaili history and sheds light on the remarkable life and career of the 46th Ismaili Imam - Mawlana Hasan Ali Shah. 

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the inauguration ceremony marking the completed restoration of the Aqsunqur Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. AKDN / Gary Otte

Cairo, 2 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam was in Egypt to attend an event marking the restoration of the 14th century Aqsunqur Mosque. Work on Cairo’s “Blue Mosque” was completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as part of its Al-Darb al-Ahmar Urban Regeneration Programme.

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.

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.

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