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Zahra Jessa runs as a torch bearer in the 2012 London Olympics on 25 July.

Today’s opening of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games marks an historic moment for the city and for modern sport gatherings. Approximately 680 members of the Ismaili community registered to help in the Olympic effort, and will take part as drummers, dancers, torch bearers and Olympic Ambassadors.

The Visual Arts Group, under the aegis of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, invites Jamati members to submit photographs taken as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Visual Arts Group, under the aegis of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, invites Jamati members to submit photographs taken as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A selection of these images will be published in The Ismaili UK magazine and displayed on TheIsmaili.org website.

Princess Zahra is greeted by Jamati leaders at an institutional dinner held in her honour in Mumbai.

Addressing a gathering of India’s Jamati institutional leaders last month, Princess Zahra spoke of the immense opportunities available in India. She was in Mumbai to review the ongoing expansion of the Prince Aly Khan Hospital in her capacity as Chair of the steering committee for its redevelopment.

The rubab features prominently in the musical traditions of Central Asia, and is one of many instruments that contribute to the rich diversity of music in the Jamat and the ummah.

As it prepares for its January 2012 concert, the UK Ismaili Community Ensemble has found resonance with the values of the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games. The celebration of cultural diversity, finding ways to inspire and involve young people, and leaving a positive legacy in London through social cohesion and cultural participation are notions that are shared by the Ensemble and have influenced the music it has created.

Between 12 – 28 February, Vancouver played host to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In British Columbia and across Canada, the Jamat embraced the spirit of the Games and hundreds of Ismailis got involved as volunteers, performers and organisers. This photographic essay recaptures some of the memories.

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