The history of the Ismaili Muslims is a richly-woven tapestry, reflecting numerous geographies, languages, cultures and centuries. Faith and ideas have found diverse expression in poetry, philosophy and architecture, amongst other disciplines. This pluralistic heritage is continually celebrated even as its spirit is harnessed to the contemporary world.
On 11 July 2017, leaders of the Jamat representing all Ismailis around the world visited Mawlana Hazar Imam at his residence in Aiglemont to mark the inauguration of his Diamond Jubilee.
Excerpt from Mawlana Hazar Imam's Presidential Address at the International Seerat Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, March 12, 1976
The Northeast Jamat participates in activities leading up to the Imamat Day celebrations on July 11, 2017 marking the beginning of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Diamond Jubilee year.
"The Mehndi Night was incredible. There was so much love, happiness, and energy in the room. It reminded me of 1986 when Mawla was coming. My heart was full and I am looking forward to all the celebrations. This will really be the year of love and celebration." -Nasim Budhwany
In collaboration with SOAS University of London,we present a lunchtime of summer sounds and dance from across the Silk Road.
The halls of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris were filled with the mystical music of the Pamir mountains during a concert given by the Badakhshan Ensemble last month. Organised by the Ismaili Council for France in conjunction with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the performance captivated members of the Jamat.
When Vladimir Djurovic received the commission to design the Aga Khan Park in Toronto, he travelled to gardens in different parts of the Muslim world. In an interview he gave to TheIsmaili.org, the landscape architect describes the essence of this new greenspace, which will be formally inaugurated on Monday.
Over the past decades, Mawlana Hazar Imam has visited India to meet with the country’s leaders, review the progress of Aga Khan Development Network initiatives, and launch new projects. This photo gallery showcases some of his visits over the years.
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.
Toronto, 12 September 2014 — The Aga Khan Museum shall be “a gateway into the history and artistic traditions of the Muslim world,” announced Prince Amyn, Vice-Chair of the museum’s Board of Directors. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Toronto museum in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Five projects from Austria, Iran, Morocco, Palestine, and Sudan were presented with the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture on Saturday. The Award ceremony was held at the Castle of São Jorge in Lisbon in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and Portugal's head of state, President Cavaco Silva.
As it prepares for its January 2012 concert, the UK Ismaili Community Ensemble has found resonance with the values of the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games. The celebration of cultural diversity, finding ways to inspire and involve young people, and leaving a positive legacy in London through social cohesion and cultural participation are notions that are shared by the Ensemble and have influenced the music it has created.
Masters of the Afghan rubab, the tabla and the dayra gathered at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 4 November, where they conjured the rich musical legacies of Central Asia. The event, which took place in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, was prefaced with an address by the British Columbia Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Twelve inspiring and talented artists from across the Middle East and Central Asia performed a beautiful and thought-provoking concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai recently. It was an important occasion for both the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Music Initiative, intent on bridging gulfs that have existed for the past hundred years.
As Ismaili families in Dushanbe prepared to observe Eid ul-Fitr in the traditional manner, excitement brewed at the prospect of the Jamat coming together to celebrate the occasion at the new Ismaili Centre for the first time ever. The gathering proved a momentous and moving experience for all.
Dr. Francesca Leoni delivered a presentation to mark the millennial anniversary of Firdawsi's Shahnama. The presentation took place at the University of Texas at Arlington, with support from its Office of the Provost, the University's College of Liberal Arts, and the Ismaili Council for Northern Texas.
As the “Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 2010”, Doha was a fitting venue for the Award Ceremony of the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which was held in November. The event was particularly special for members of the Qatar Jamat, who were jubilant over Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to their peninsular country.
In the 1990s, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted two major theatrical productions, but it wasn’t the first time that the grounds of the Centre had entertained thespian ambitions. TheIsmaili.org traces the history of the present-day site, which was once earmarked for the National Theatre.
A Golden Jubilee International Programme, RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat is an exhibition that depicts 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Imamat, against the backdrop of the 1400 year history of Ismaili Imamat.
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