Bridge-building between cultures and religions through dialogue and cooperation is an important means to promote a peaceful and humanistic society. In September, the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon played host to a lecture that was part of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Summer School programme.
Dedicated to promoting harmony among peoples of all faiths, World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed around the world each year during the first week of February. In Portugal, the UN Alliance of Civilizations sought to present a unique multicultural perspective on the week. The Ismaili Muslim community was among 15 religious traditions represented at the event.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies is holding a book launch for Arabic, Persian and Gujarati Manuscripts: The Hamdani Collection at 8:15 PM (BST) on Tuesday, 18 October 2011. The event will feature Professor Abbas Hamdani and Dr François de Blois.
As part of a tour of several US centres, Alnoor Merchant from The Institute of Ismaili Studies spoke at the University of Texas in Arlington about the origins of historic artefacts in the Aga Khan Museum collection, and the role of patrons in the history of Islamic Art.
In November, the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon was the venue of the 2009 Lisbon Forum, an annual event of the North-South Centre. Focused on the “creation of a culture of human rights through education,” the gathering was organised in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Aga Khan Development Network.