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Join us from the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, on Friday 28 June to learn about the work of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), and its efforts to improve the habitat and resilience of communities in South and Central Asia. Mr Onno Ruhl’s presentation will focus on the strategy and approach of AKAH with real life case studies, providing a glimpse into the agency’s work in action. The event is expected to begin at 8:45 PM UTC+1 and will be webcast at the.ismaili/live.

Join us from the Ismaili Centre, London, on Friday 26 April to learn about the work of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), and their efforts to improve the habitat and resilience of communities in South and Central Asia. Mr Onno Ruhl’s presentation will focus on the strategy and approach of AKAH with real life case studies, providing a glimpse into the agency’s work in action. The event is expected to begin at 8:30 PM BST and will be webcast at the.ismaili/live.

Dr Karen Armstrong will speak about the role of compassion in our world today.

Dr Karen Armstrong, an internationally acclaimed scholar and best-selling author of numerous books on religion, will deliver an Ismaili Centre International Lecture at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. Dr Armstrong will speak about the Charter of Compassion which she launched with religious leaders globally. The charter has over two million signatures and brings to light the reason and urgency of practising compassion in a polarised world. 

The address will be webcast at the.ismaili/live on Saturday 22 September 2018 at 7 PM Gulf Standard Time.

Voided silk-velvet textile fragment from Iran, dating from the first quarter of the 17th century. This fabric represents the type of luxury silks that were produced as a result of Shah Abbas’ stimulus to trade with Europe.

A major exhibition on the Safavid Emperor Shah Abbas I, whose rule of Persia spanned the 16th – 17th centuries is on at the British Museum in London. It provides a historical and cultural introduction to Persian culture and achievement, and situates it within the wider context of world events in the same period.

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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