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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. 

Illustrated with more than 250 spectacular images, Islam: An Illustrated Journey explores the rich pluralistic heritage of Islam in a clear and accessible way. The book takes readers on a visual journey from the advent of Islam up to the present day, and across the landscapes of the Middle East, the Mediterranean, South and Central Asia, the Indian Ocean, Africa, and Europe.

The Ismaili Centre London hosted a reception and launch event last month for the newly released book Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World published by I.B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS). The book encourages new thinking about the history of sharia and its role in the world today.

A panel discussion featured senior leaders of the Aga Khan University, including Princess Zahra, who spoke about the vital importance of the liberal arts.

The Aga Khan Foundation, the Institute of Ismaili Studies, and the Aga Khan University welcomed supporters to the Aga Khan Centre in September 2018, where senior leaders shared the progress of the institutions, and the positive impact they have made on the lives of individuals and communities around the world.

Forty years ago, Mawlana Hazar Imam sent a message to the global Jamat announcing the establishment of The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.

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