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A Kaleidoscope of Evolving Multiple Identities

With their presence in 25 countries across five continents, Ismailis are an international community, with trends of migration leading some of them from their settlements in Arabia, Persia and Indian subcontinent to Africa and further Westwards. This geographical spread of the community makes it difficult to categorize it by either nationality, language or culture. A better way to understand them is by keeping the Imam of the Time at the centre and reflecting about the identities of these various communities as evolving, through time and space.

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Sanitation is a pressing global developmental issue on which the Government of India has been working since the past two decades. In line with Government’s plans, AKAHI has been successfully working in the field of rural water, sanitation and hygiene promotion since 1995, leading to significant improvement in the hygiene standards of people across its project locations. On the occasion of world Toilet day on 19 November 2019, we bring you details of activities done by AKAHI and its impact.

Dr. David Marcus, Arabic Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sings and performs traditional Arabic music on the oud.

The melody of a mandolin, accordion, banjo, and violin filled the room, bringing together nearly 200 people from different faiths and cultures on a Sunday afternoon. On October 27, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), and the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States presented in partnership a film screening of “El Gusto,” a musical documentary by filmmaker Safinez Bousbia, who won the Best Director Award at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in 2011. The film screening was held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Norcross, Georgia.

 

Judge Dhanidina with Salim Bhatia, Director, Aga Khan Academies, and Mrs. Bhatia.

At the International Athens Democracy Forum in 2015, Mawlana Hazar Imam stated, "The progress of democracy in our world is fundamentally linked to improving the quality of human life." He cited four elements that could help advance democracy: an improved constitutional understanding, independent and pluralistic media, the potential of civil society, and a genuine democratic ethic.

First responders, government officials, community leaders, and volunteers at the Eid al-Adha Civic Appreciation Event in Duluth, Georgia.

In celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States hosted two civic appreciation events to recognize and honor local law enforcement and public safety officials.  Elected representatives from state, county, and city levels joined in honoring the selfless sacrifices made by first responders, especially in the face of emergencies. The events were held at the Ismaili Jamatkhanas in Duluth, Georgia, and Hoover, Alabama, and were attended by fire, police and sheriff officers from 15 departments, representing 8 local jurisdictions.

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