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A view of the courtyard of the mosque of al-Azhar in Cairo. Bernard O'Kane

Leading historian of Islamic art and culture, Professor Bernard O’Kane offers a peek at the architectural accomplishments of the Fatimids in Egypt. On 21 February, he will speak on the same topic at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Mawlana Hazar Imam at the plenary session of the Africa 2016 Forum, with Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail seated to his left. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 21 February 2016 — A new spirit of African confidence is drawing the continent together, allowing it to move forward with impressive progress, said Mawlana Hazar Imam today. He was speaking at the Africa 2016 Forum, which brought together African heads of state, government and business leaders to advance opportunities in regional investment and trade.

Egyptian Ambassador to Portugal Ali Mohyee Eldin Elashiry examines a book in the library of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Nádia Silva

Lisbon, 13 May 2015 — His Excellency Ali Mohyee Eldin Elashiry, the Arab Republic of Egypt’s Ambassador to Portugal, toured the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, and met with the President of the Ismaili Council, Aitmadi Amirali Bhanji and AKDN Resident Representative, Vazir Nazim Ahmad. This visit also provided an opportunity for the Ambassador to learn about the work of the Aga Khan Development Network.

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.

Paul Maynard MP; Mark Harper MP, Minister for Disabled People; Wayne Henderson, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Disability Group and the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Sadrudin Verjee

London, 18 November 2014 — The Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Mark Harper MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, attended the fifth annual Disability Colloquium at the Ismaili Centre. The forum provided some twenty-eight charities with the opportunity to dialogue on raising disability awareness and fostering ways that can help to create a more inclusive society. Organisations in attendance included SCOPE, MENCAP and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

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