In Conversation: An Interview Series

A close-up of Olga Prinku’s dried-flower wall in the exhibition.
A close-up of Olga Prinku’s dried-flower wall in the exhibition.
Interview with Esen Salma Kaya, curator at Aga Khan Centre Gallery
Interview with Esen Salma Kaya, curator at Aga Khan Centre Gallery
24 June 2021

Making Paradise: Exploring the Concept of Eden through Art and Islamic Garden Design is the latest exhibition at the Aga Khan Centre Gallery in London, UK. In this interview, its curator Esen Salma Kaya gives an insight into the multi-sensory show, the diverse artists involved, and planning it “from the heart.”

Innovation has often influenced the values of society while raising new questions around the ethics of technology.
Innovation has often influenced the values of society while raising new questions around the ethics of technology.
Interview with Rahim Hirji, technology consultant and country manager at Quizlet
Interview with Rahim Hirji, technology consultant and country manager at Quizlet
25 May 2021

In this insightful conversation with The Ismaili, Rahim Hirji details the ways in which technology is having a growing influence on our everyday lives, covering topics from artificial intelligence and robotics, to social media and education. Detailing some of the opportunities and risks this presents, Rahim suggests how we might prepare for an increasingly digital future.

A healthy varied diet can promote steady blood glucose levels, improve mood, help support immune function, and keep you energised.
A healthy varied diet can promote steady blood glucose levels, improve mood, help support immune function, and keep you energised.
Interview with Azmina Govindji, registered dietitian and consultant nutritionist
Interview with Azmina Govindji, registered dietitian and consultant nutritionist
27 April 2021

In this interview with The Ismaili, Azmina Govindji discusses nutrition and healthy eating for better physical and mental health, and shares advice on how to adjust lifestyle choices to enjoy a better quality of life.

Cancer is a critical health and human issue. By raising public understanding around cancer, we can reduce fear, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviours and attitudes.
Cancer is a critical health and human issue. By raising public understanding around cancer, we can reduce fear, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviours and attitudes.
Interview with Dr Shama Virani, Scientist at the World Health Organization
Interview with Dr Shama Virani, Scientist at the World Health Organization
3 February 2021

World Cancer Day takes place on 4 February every year, with an aim to save countless preventable deaths by raising awareness and sharing resources relating to cancer. On this day, we bring you an interview with Dr Shama Virani, a scientist with the World Health Organization, who discusses progress, prevention, and how we might take action against the negative effects of cancer.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture recently completed conservation works on Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan’s Mausoleum in Delhi. The building is inspired by the architectural style of Humayun’s Tomb and, in turn, inspired the Taj Mahal.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture recently completed conservation works on Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan’s Mausoleum in Delhi. The building is inspired by the architectural style of Humayun’s Tomb and, in turn, inspired the Taj Mahal.
Interview with Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Interview with Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture
20 January 2021

The Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. As part of a series of conversations with key figures, Mr Allibhai discusses the positive impact of culture and its development potential, and humanity’s shared responsibility to preserve heritage.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies aims to contribute to the academic study of the diversity of Islam as a faith and as a civilisation, by addressing intellectual and practical issues both historically and in the present context.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies aims to contribute to the academic study of the diversity of Islam as a faith and as a civilisation, by addressing intellectual and practical issues both historically and in the present context.
Interview with Dr Shafik Sachedina, Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions
Interview with Dr Shafik Sachedina, Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions
16 December 2020

Following the recent appointment by Mawlana Hazar Imam of a new Board of Governors of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dr Shafik Sachedina reflects back on the history, the ongoing impact, and planned future development of the Institute.

It is important that each of us wear a face mask when we are in a public setting where we could be exposed to a large group of people, and especially in an indoor, closed area.
It is important that each of us wear a face mask when we are in a public setting where we could be exposed to a large group of people, and especially in an indoor, closed area.
Interview with Dr Gijs Walraven, Director of Health at the Aga Khan Development Network
Interview with Dr Gijs Walraven, Director of Health at the Aga Khan Development Network
27 August 2020

Based in Geneva, Dr Walraven has direct management responsibility for the Aga Khan Health Service Companies, located in South and Central Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. In this interview, he explains the value and importance of wearing a face mask in our continued fight against Covid-19.

The Ismaili spoke with Vladimir Djurovic about his experience designing Toronto's Aga Khan Park, and how the space brings people together.
The Ismaili spoke with Vladimir Djurovic about his experience designing Toronto's Aga Khan Park, and how the space brings people together.
Interview with landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic
Interview with landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic
25 May 2020

When Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic was commissioned to design the Aga Khan Park in Toronto in 2005, Mawlana Hazar Imam suggested he take a tour of Islamic gardens and architecture around the world, ranging from Fatehpur Sikri in India to Alhambra in Spain. In this interview, he explains how the research trip helped his design of the Aga Khan Park to capture the essence of the Islamic garden.

The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
Interview with Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
Interview with Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
6 January 2020

Meredith Preston McGhie was appointed as the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Secretary General in October 2019, and presided over the recent Global Pluralism Awards, alongside Mawlana Hazar Imam. Here she explains the meaning of pluralism, and how the Centre is addressing today’s urgent global challenges.

The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.
The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.
Humility in built form: An interview with Ismaili Centre Dubai architects
Humility in built form: An interview with Ismaili Centre Dubai architects
30 December 2019

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, architects Rami El Dahan and Soheir Farid visited the Centre earlier this year and looked back on the successes and challenges in designing a welcoming building of timeless elegance.

Experts in the fields of science, theology, law, and ethics are coming together to discuss the various implications of scientific advances.
Experts in the fields of science, theology, law, and ethics are coming together to discuss the various implications of scientific advances.
Interview with Professor El-Nasir Lalani, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at AKU
Interview with Professor El-Nasir Lalani, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at AKU
30 August 2019

The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Dr El-Nasir Lalani, Founding Director and Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Translational Medicine at the Aga Khan University’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine. Professor Lalani discusses the implications of scientific breakthroughs in a rapidly changing world, and the potential of stem cell research to better treat diseases in the future.

"Art is a universal language, which transcends cultural boundaries by telling a story about a particular time and place. It encourages us to search deeper within, and thus learn more about ourselves."
"Art is a universal language, which transcends cultural boundaries by telling a story about a particular time and place. It encourages us to search deeper within, and thus learn more about ourselves."
Interview with Jenny Datoo and Nabila Samji, Jubilee Arts Project Leads
Interview with Jenny Datoo and Nabila Samji, Jubilee Arts Project Leads
9 July 2019

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival, The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Jenny Datoo, Project Lead, and Nabila D. Samji, Deputy Project Lead. Jenny and Nabila look back and reflect on the journey of Jubilee Arts, from its conception, through to national events, the International Arts Festival, and the programme's continuing legacy.

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