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Psychiatrists have observed that overindulgence in the use of smartphones can significantly reduce attention, decrease memory span, and accelerate early-onset dementia.
Psychiatrists have observed that overindulgence in the use of smartphones can significantly reduce attention, decrease memory span, and accelerate early-onset dementia.
Digital dementia: are we heading in the right direction?
Digital dementia: are we heading in the right direction?
28 August 2021

Dementia is characterised by confusion, disorientation, and impaired memory — it is often portrayed as a ‘loss of mind.’ In a concerning development, recent studies have linked the overuse of screens and connected devices to reduced attention and failing memory among younger people in what is being described as ‘digital dementia.’

DoF interview

Interview with Gary Otte, editor of Depth of Field
27 August 2021

In case you missed this exclusive interview aired last month on The Ismaili TV, here's another opportunity to hear Gary Otte describe his motivation to compile a visual record of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s life and work, centred around photos taken by him and other photographers over the course of eight decades. The resulting book, entitled Depth of Field, is available to pre-order from The Ismaili Shop, with free shipping for all orders placed on or before 31 August 2021.

Allah Hoo

Music video: Allah Hoo
23 August 2021

The Ismaili is pleased to present a rendition of Allah Hoo, the famous qawwali popularised by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, performed here by Fitoor. The genre of Muslim devotional music known as qawwali was founded in the 13th century. It fuses together the practice of lyrical repetition and remembrance, and combines Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Indic musical traditions.

Global Ismaili CIVIC Day: Celebrating community service across the globe
Global Ismaili CIVIC Day: Celebrating community service across the globe
23 August 2021

Since the global launch of the Ismaili CIVIC initiative last year, volunteers from the worldwide Jamat have made a significant positive impact in the areas of health, education, economic development, environmental stewardship, and cultural restoration. To build on this momentum, the inaugural Global Ismaili CIVIC Day will take place on 26 September 2021.

Afghanistan Update - 20 August 2021
Afghanistan Update - 20 August 2021
19 August 2021

The currently ongoing events in Afghanistan are causing concern for the Jamat around the world, and the purpose of this advisory is to share updated information in this regard.

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A global challenge for climate action
A global challenge for climate action
18 August 2021

The cost of climate change is often measured in terms of property damage and lost crops, but this doesn’t provide a complete picture of the impact it causes. A crucial consequence of climate change is the cost to human health – the damage to and loss of human lives from a wide range of environmental risks.

Restoring the natural balance between humans and the environment will require global society to actively engage with the challenges that the natural world presents.
Restoring the natural balance between humans and the environment will require global society to actively engage with the challenges that the natural world presents.
International Youth Day: Restoring the balance
International Youth Day: Restoring the balance
11 August 2021

Today’s complex global challenges will likely have a disproportionate impact on our youth. Through education, innovation, and entrepreneurial solutions, this year’s International Youth Day offers young people a platform to build momentum towards meaningful positive change.

The Aga Khan Academies are ideal places to make lifelong friendships.
The Aga Khan Academies are ideal places to make lifelong friendships.
Striving for a bright future
Striving for a bright future
5 August 2021

High school student Aimaan Sayani has lived in Pakistan and Canada, and spent five years studying at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya. “When I used to hear Aga Khan Academies students talk about studying there, and when I read about the school, I was so intrigued,” she said.

Sustainable food production aims to meet growing demand
Sustainable food production aims to meet growing demand
1 August 2021

Agriculture is one of the world's largest industries. For years it has been pivotal in alleviating poverty, improving incomes, and providing food security for the marginalised in society. With the world’s population multiplying, the demand for agricultural commodities has risen tremendously in the past few decades.

Through the ‘Darakht se Hayat’ initiative, members of the Jamat worked with community partners to plant over 162,000 trees across Pakistan.
Through the ‘Darakht se Hayat’ initiative, members of the Jamat worked with community partners to plant over 162,000 trees across Pakistan.
Environmental sustainability: Restoring the natural world
Environmental sustainability: Restoring the natural world
29 July 2021

In a recent poem by Jordan Sanchez, Reimagine, Recreate, Restore, she reminds us, “We are a fraction of a second in Earth’s lifetime, yet she is our only lifeline.” In an effort to align with this thinking, Ismaili youth, governmental and civil society institutions, and AKDN agencies in Pakistan are working hand-in-hand to reimagine our lifestyles, recreate our approaches, and restore our ecosystems.

Fostering global citizenship through dialogue
Fostering global citizenship through dialogue
28 July 2021

On 12 June 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal, Mawlana Hazar Imam highlighted the significance of effective dialogue in building bridges across diverse frontiers and combating a clash of ignorance. In line with the Imam’s emphasis on the power of dialogue in uniting humanity and offering pathways towards resolving conflict, the Aga Khan Education Board for the United Arab Emirates presents the Ismaili Youth Model United Nations (IYMUN).

The Aga Khan School’s science teachers provide students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and dive deep into the world of science and technology.
The Aga Khan School’s science teachers provide students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and dive deep into the world of science and technology.
Science has no boundaries at Aga Khan School in Osh
Science has no boundaries at Aga Khan School in Osh
27 July 2021

Dr Sadru Damji, a TKN volunteer based in Toronto, Canada, recently led an interactive and exciting online chemistry class in May 2021 for a group of grade 11 students at the Aga Khan School in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

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