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2021: A year of ups and downs
2021: A year of ups and downs
31 December 2021

This year, despite ongoing disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic, medical advances and behaviour shifts began to stem the tide of severe cases and lift spirits. This precious glint of optimism is worth holding to, as we mark the passing of one year to the next.

Top tips for 2022
Top tips for 2022
27 December 2021

With optimism and hope for the new year, The Ismaili would like to suggest ten tips for a healthy, productive, and balanced 2022. Let’s strive to accomplish them all together. Happy New Year!

The international environment at the IIS creates a dynamic space for collaboration where ideas are shared from diverse settings and backgrounds.
The international environment at the IIS creates a dynamic space for collaboration where ideas are shared from diverse settings and backgrounds.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies: A spotlight on pluralism
The Institute of Ismaili Studies: A spotlight on pluralism
2 December 2021

At The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), more than 50 students arrive in London every autumn at the start of the academic year to embark on a voyage of discovery. For those studying at the IIS, there is a deep sense of pluralism inherent in the student experience.

Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Milad-un-Nabi
Milad-un-Nabi
17 October 2021

This week, Muslims around the world commemorate Milad-un-Nabi, literally meaning the “birth of the Prophet.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was born in Mecca in the year 570 CE and grew up to be a respected merchant, known for his honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from Allah, marking the commencement of his mission as Allah's last and final messenger.

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.”

Series on The Ismaili TV explores wonders of science and technology
Series on The Ismaili TV explores wonders of science and technology
18 May 2021

From the very beginnings of Islam, the search for knowledge has been a central tenet. With the role of science and technology becoming indispensable in the current era, it is important to keep up with current advancements and understand the significance of these fields in our daily lives. Science and Technology Unleashed is an original The Ismaili TV series which premiered in 2020 and is designed to expose the wonders of science in a thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining way.

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.

The Great Mosque of Tuban is located in East Java, an Indonesian province known for its volcanic peaks. With six minarets and three large domes, the mosque boasts a spectacular array of eye-catching colours that proclaim its presence in the scenic town of Tuban.
The Great Mosque of Tuban is located in East Java, an Indonesian province known for its volcanic peaks. With six minarets and three large domes, the mosque boasts a spectacular array of eye-catching colours that proclaim its presence in the scenic town of Tuban.
World Book Day - A beginner's guide to IIS books
World Book Day - A beginner's guide to IIS books
23 April 2021

Are you curious to learn more about Islamic history, culture, and societies? The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) publishes a wide range of books that explore some of the diverse manifestations of Islam. This guide, in celebration of World Book Day, suggests a few good places to start.

Masoor Dhal, Pakistani Version
Masoor Dhal, Pakistani Version
Our cultural foods: Making healthier choices
Our cultural foods: Making healthier choices
22 April 2021

Ever wonder why our parents tell us to drink milk with turmeric and saffron when we are fighting a cold? Or why so many diverse spices are added to our foods to add flavour and more? Our cultural foods — whether from Central Asia, South Asia, or the Middle East — have a beautiful history, but they can also be perceived as unhealthy. While some dishes do indeed cause concern, many are healthy or can be made healthy with some simple tweaks.

The health benefits of consuming whole grains
The health benefits of consuming whole grains
22 April 2021

Grains are a basic food in households around the world and can be broken down into two categories: whole grains and refined grains. Unlike the refined grain, the whole grain kernel or the seed has all three parts intact: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Each one of these parts offer health promoting benefits. The bran, which is the outermost layer, contains the fibre, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants. The germ is the centre most part of the seed and it is loaded with healthy fats, vitamin E, B vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. The endosperm is the innermost layer that holds the carbohydrates, protein, and small amounts of B vitamins.

Hidden within the narrow, bustling streets of Mazgaon, Mumbai, is Hasanabad Mausoleum, the resting place of Mawlana Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I.
Hidden within the narrow, bustling streets of Mazgaon, Mumbai, is Hasanabad Mausoleum, the resting place of Mawlana Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I.
History speaks: Rediscovering Hasanabad
History speaks: Rediscovering Hasanabad
30 March 2021

Hidden among the bustling streets of South Mumbai and its sprawling skyline lies a haven of solace and peace: Hasanabad. Often described as ‘Mumbai’s Taj Mahal’, the monument is a mausoleum or dargah: the final resting place of Imam Hasan Ali Shah, the 46th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. 

As the spring season approaches, there is light at the end of the tunnel in our journey towards normalcy.
As the spring season approaches, there is light at the end of the tunnel in our journey towards normalcy.
One year on: How did we cope?
One year on: How did we cope?
10 March 2021

Last March, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global pandemic. After 12 months of mixed emotions and disruption to our lives, what have we learned, and where do we go from here?

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