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London, 20 May 2016 — Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivered a talk at the Ismaili Centre today, in which he emphasised the strategic importance of the Central Asian region in a globalised world.

Professor Mohammed Arkoun participating in an IIS alumni workshop held in 2005

Professor Mohamed Arkoun passed away in Paris on 14 September at the age of 82. An outstanding research scholar and a rigorous critic of the theoretical tensions embedded in the field of Islamic Studies, he was a courageous public intellectual and a powerful voice in the frequently contentious debates on Islamic modernism and humanism.

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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