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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. 

Members of the Mazij AlMusiqaa Ensemble perform at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games. Asif Bhalesha

Long after the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games, its rhythms and melodies resonate. Samira Noorali spoke with the musicians to get behind-the-scenes feel for how that musical magic was created.

Kaleidoscope dance performed at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games. Asif Bhalesha

Dancers perform a piece inspired by the colours, patterns and diversity of a kaleidoscope at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games, in Dubai.

South Asian dance at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games. Asif Balesha

South Asian Dance performance at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 29 July 2016.

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