What's New

After completing the first two years of GPISH at the IIS, students spend their final year earning their Masters degree at a British university like Oxford, Cambridge or the School of Oriental and African Studies. The Institute of Ismaili Studies
After completing the first two years of GPISH at the IIS, students spend their final year earning their Masters degree at a British university like Oxford, Cambridge or the School of Oriental and African Studies. The Institute of Ismaili Studies
IIS graduates making a difference
IIS graduates making a difference
12 January 2015

What do a policy advisor at the US State Department, a lecturer at Oxford University and the Head of Graduate Studies at The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) have in common? All of them have pursued postgraduate studies the IIS.

Children at Viara Junior Academy receive books as rewards for their commitment to learning. Courtesy of Bamba
Children at Viara Junior Academy receive books as rewards for their commitment to learning. Courtesy of Bamba
Innovative charity boosts school attendance in Kenya
Innovative charity boosts school attendance in Kenya
11 December 2014

When three Ismaili entrepreneurs saw the potential for their business model to improve education and address poverty in Kenya, they partnered with a Nairobi primary school and a local charity to test the idea. Student attendance, grades and enrollment at the school have since soared.

The Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group performs at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto in celebration of Eid al-Adha. Vazir Karsan
The Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group performs at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto in celebration of Eid al-Adha. Vazir Karsan
Eid celebrations fill the Ismaili Centre, Toronto with qawwali
Eid celebrations fill the Ismaili Centre, Toronto with qawwali
7 November 2014

Toronto, 5 October 2014 — The lyrical sounds of qawwali music filled the social hall of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Over 200 guests attended the celebration, which was also the inaugural public event of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

RAYS OF LIGHT will open in Sydney later this week before traveling to other cities in Australia and New Zealand. Ismaili Council for ANZ
RAYS OF LIGHT will open in Sydney later this week before traveling to other cities in Australia and New Zealand. Ismaili Council for ANZ
RAYS OF LIGHT coming to Australia and New Zealand
RAYS OF LIGHT coming to Australia and New Zealand
6 November 2014

Beginning this week, Australia plays host to RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat. Opening first in Sydney, the photographic exhibition will travel to centres across the country in November and December, and on to New Zealand in the new year.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Minister Kanat Sadykov and AKDN Representative Shamsh Kassim-Lakha upon his arrival in Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte
Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Minister Kanat Sadykov and AKDN Representative Shamsh Kassim-Lakha upon his arrival in Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte
Mawlana Hazar Imam in Kyrgyzstan to review AKDN activities
Mawlana Hazar Imam in Kyrgyzstan to review AKDN activities
1 November 2014

Bishkek, 2 November 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic this evening for a four day visit to review Aga Khan Development Network activities in the country.

Pictured here on their wedding day, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa have announced the birth of their first child, Prince Irfan. TheIsmaili / Gary Otte
Pictured here on their wedding day, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa have announced the birth of their first child, Prince Irfan. TheIsmaili / Gary Otte
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa expecting their first child
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa expecting their first child
24 October 2014

Aiglemont, 24 October 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam informed the Jamat today that Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa are expecting their first child. Around the world, Ismailis are gathering in Jamatkhanas to celebrate the happy news.

Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. AKDN
Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. AKDN
Mawlana Hazar Imam attends inauguration of Afghan National Unity Government
Mawlana Hazar Imam attends inauguration of Afghan National Unity Government
3 October 2014

Kabul, 29 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam was in the capital of Afghanistan to witness the inauguration of the new president, Dr Muhammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and the swearing in of the Chief Executive, Dr Abdullah Abdullah. Dignitaries from around the world attended the event, which marked a new era of National Unity Government in Afghanistan.

Ismailis from across Toronto attended Jamatkhana for the first time at the new Ismaili Centre on 19 September 2014. Moez Visram
Ismailis from across Toronto attended Jamatkhana for the first time at the new Ismaili Centre on 19 September 2014. Moez Visram
Jamatkhana opens at Ismaili Centre, Toronto
Jamatkhana opens at Ismaili Centre, Toronto
25 September 2014

Toronto, 19 September 2014 — Ismaili Muslims from across the city gathered to attend Jamatkhana for the first time at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. It was a particularly happy and emotional occasion, especially for the Jamat who live in the Don Mills area and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Surrounded by serviceberry trees and soft gravel, the reflective pools are mirrors that draw the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum into the formal garden. Scott Norsworthy
Surrounded by serviceberry trees and soft gravel, the reflective pools are mirrors that draw the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum into the formal garden. Scott Norsworthy
Video: Opening Ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum
12 September 2014

The opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum took place on 12 September 2014, following the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto earlier in the afternoon by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mawlana Hazar Imam. They also marked the opening of the museum, together with Prince Amyn and the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Among the distinguished guests at the ceremony were Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa, and Prince Hussain, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, government leaders, diplomats, and leaders of Jamati and Imamat institutions.

Entrance to the Ismaili Centre, Toronto with a view of the Aga Khan Museum in the distance. Gary Otte
Entrance to the Ismaili Centre, Toronto with a view of the Aga Khan Museum in the distance. Gary Otte
Cradle of Opening ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto
12 September 2014

Born in a “cradle of friendship,” the Ismaili Centre, Toronto was opened by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam on 12 September 2014.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Minister Chris Alexander and President Malik Talib upon his arrival in Toronto. Zahur Ramji
Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Minister Chris Alexander and President Malik Talib upon his arrival in Toronto. Zahur Ramji
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Toronto
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Toronto
9 September 2014

Toronto, 10 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada this afternoon, ahead of the opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. The occasion, to be marked by two separate ceremonies, will take place on Friday. Full coverage, including a live webcast of both opening ceremonies will be provided on TheIsmaili.org.

Opening ceremonies for the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto will take place on 12 September 2014. Kalloon Photography
Opening ceremonies for the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto will take place on 12 September 2014. Kalloon Photography
Mawlana Hazar Imam to open the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
Mawlana Hazar Imam to open the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
5 September 2014

Toronto, 5 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam will preside over the opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Friday, 12 September. The occasion will be marked by two separate ceremonies, followed by a reception at the Aga Khan Museum.

Show secondary sidebar menu: