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"Civil society is where ordinary men and women, acting as individuals and communities, take the initiative to advance what matters most to them."

The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Dr Amyn Sajoo, a specialist in international human rights, civil society, and public ethics. As part of a series of interviews with key figures, Dr Sajoo discusses the notion of civil society, its history, significance, and potential to enrich democratic life around the world. 

Tanzania's Jubilee Games Fanous was carried up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Ismaili Council for Tanzania

On 14 June 2016, the light of the Jubilee Games shone from the top of Africa’s highest peak. A team of ten Tanzanians carried the Fanous up Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching the snowy Uhuru Peak at 5 895 metres above sea level.

The launch of Tanzania’s Fanous Roadshow in May was accompanied by a unique ceremony in which the fawanees of both Kenya and Tanzania came together in a symbolic demonstration of Ismaili brotherhood.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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