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Calligraphic rendering of “Ali” in Arabic.

This week, Ismailis and other Muslims mark Yawm‐e Ali, which commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Ali. The cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), Hazrat Ali is recognised as the most important spiritual and intellectual authority in Islam after the Holy Prophet, who, in accordance with the Shia tradition of Islam, designated him under Divine Command, as the first in the line of hereditary Imams from the Prophet’s own progeny.

Fatimid women owned land, property, jewelry, and textiles, one of the most prized commodities of the period. Made in Egypt in the 11th century, this lustre-painted dish depicts a richly-attired female figure holding a cup. The vegetal scroll-like patterns of her sleeves are mirrored in the dish’s overall decoration.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019, we celebrate the achievements of notable Muslim women - historical and contemporary - who have inspired and continue to inspire people of all faiths, backgrounds, and fields of endeavour.

The Ismaili Centre, London, in collaboration with the Institute of Ismaili Studies will host a conversation with Dr Shainool Jiwa, the author, with Mahmood Ahmed about her new publication. The event is due to begin at 8:15pm BST on Thursday 26 April and will be webcast live at http://the.ismaili/live

Curator, Dr. Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani, shows an artefact to Prince Amyn, AKDN Resident Representative to Canada Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Aga Khan Trust for Culture General Manager Luis Monreal, and Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib.

The World of the Fatimids, the newest exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum, launched on 12 March in Toronto. Prince Amyn delivered the keynote address for the opening of the exhibition, which explores the Fatimid period through artefacts and objects from the 10th and 11th centuries.

Syed Ali Abbas Razawi at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, where he gave a keynote lecture at the occasion of Yawm-e Ali 2017. Salim Nensi

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi gave a lecture commemorating Yawm-e-Ali, the birthday of Hazrat Ali, at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Saturday, 1 April 2017.

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