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Members of the audience listen intently as the Aga Khan Master Musicians perform at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon in December 2019.
Members of the audience listen intently as the Aga Khan Master Musicians perform at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon in December 2019.
Celebrating culture, diversity, and pluralism at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon
Celebrating culture, diversity, and pluralism at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon
30 December 2019

On 18 December 2019, the Aga Khan Master Musicians with special guest Jasser Haj-Youssef delighted an audience at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. They highlighted the unity between different countries and continents, and between the present and the past by exploring various forms of classical, folk, jazz, and contemporary music.

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.

Chorshanbe Alovatov from Tajikistan says that music has been a passion since early childhood.
Chorshanbe Alovatov from Tajikistan says that music has been a passion since early childhood.
Ismaili musician wins Central Asia’s Got Talent
Ismaili musician wins Central Asia’s Got Talent
29 December 2019

Music college graduate and second-generation singer in his family, Chorshanbe Alovatov from Tajikistan won the popular Central Asia’s Got Talent show final on 22 December 2019. The show, which toured four countries in the region, culminated in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The final creation of DiversiTree to celebrate the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
The final creation of DiversiTree to celebrate the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
Art installation in Dubai teaches about diversity
Art installation in Dubai teaches about diversity
29 December 2019

In an effort to highlight the importance of tolerance, President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has proclaimed this year the ‘Year of Tolerance’. With this in mind, an event called DiversiTree was recently held at the Ismaili Centre Dubai. The project, which is part art installation and part performance art, brought together the collective creativity of the community to design a transformative experience for children and adults. This collaborative installation and performance brought to life the concept of diversity, while at the same time developing a breathtaking creation of artistic beauty.

Naureen Karim Shariff joins family, friends, and colleagues for a group photo at the Freedom of the City of London award ceremony at The Guildhall in London.
Naureen Karim Shariff joins family, friends, and colleagues for a group photo at the Freedom of the City of London award ceremony at The Guildhall in London.
Ismaili solicitor awarded the Freedom of the City of London
Ismaili solicitor awarded the Freedom of the City of London
29 December 2019

On 17 December 2019, Naureen Karim Shariff was conferred with the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony officiated in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues at the esteemed Chamberlain’s Court at The Guildhall in London.

Volunteers in France distribute sandwiches, bottles of water, biscuits, and litres of soup to those in need to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corp.
Volunteers in France distribute sandwiches, bottles of water, biscuits, and litres of soup to those in need to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corp.
France Jamat celebrates the IVC centenary
France Jamat celebrates the IVC centenary
26 December 2019

On a cold Saturday morning in November, the first preparations for an exceptional weekend begin. More than a hundred members of the Jamats of Paris, Brussels, Lausanne, Nantes, Toulouse, Montpellier, Grenoble, and Lyon work together towards a common goal: to prepare and distribute meals for the homeless.

By creating safe and inclusive spaces that reflect different traditions and heritages, the European Youth Camp enables a spirit of unity.
By creating safe and inclusive spaces that reflect different traditions and heritages, the European Youth Camp enables a spirit of unity.
European Youth Camp celebrates the spirit of One Jamat
European Youth Camp celebrates the spirit of One Jamat
23 December 2019

I’m surrounded by young people from all over Europe. Everyone looks, dresses and behaves differently. Actually we can hardly understand each other and have to use gestures to communicate. At home we eat different foods and have different customs, but here we are brothers and sisters in faith: This is European Youth Camp, and we are One Jamat

Sana and Sumaira Lokhandwala with students of Muhammad Ali Girls Academy after delivering an Education Session.
Sana and Sumaira Lokhandwala with students of Muhammad Ali Girls Academy after delivering an Education Session.
Changing the cycle
Changing the cycle
23 December 2019

Period poverty is a global issue. It is estimated that one in five girls in America have left school early or missed school because of their period. In India, approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. Three young Ismailis are working to increase awareness, change perceptions, and increase access to menstrual hygiene products.

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, and being a centre for harmonising the actions of nations.
The United Nations is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, and being a centre for harmonising the actions of nations.
Inspirational Ismaili women at the United Nations
Inspirational Ismaili women at the United Nations
22 December 2019

The Ismaili had the opportunity to speak with four Ismaili women working at the United Nations (UN) to learn about their careers, their work, and the role of the UN over its 74 year history. 

The three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Aung Kyaw Moe on behalf of the Centre for Social Integrity, an organisation that provides youth from Myanmar’s conflict-affected regions with the skills to be leaders for change; Deborah Ahenkorah, a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and book publisher; and Igor Radulović on behalf of Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict.
The three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Aung Kyaw Moe on behalf of the Centre for Social Integrity, an organisation that provides youth from Myanmar’s conflict-affected regions with the skills to be leaders for change; Deborah Ahenkorah, a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and book publisher; and Igor Radulović on behalf of Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict.
Pluralism in action: Global Pluralism Award winners tell their story
Pluralism in action: Global Pluralism Award winners tell their story
19 December 2019

The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) hosted the second biennial Global Pluralism Award ceremony in November 2019. At the ceremony, presided over by Mawlana Hazar Imam and attended by many members of the GCP’s Board, including Princess Zahra, the Centre recognised three winners who will each receive a $50,000 grant to help them continue their work.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a cake on behalf of the worldwide Jamat on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a cake on behalf of the worldwide Jamat on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Salgirah
Salgirah
12 December 2019

On 13 December 2019, Ismailis around the world will celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 83rd birthday — an occasion to reflect on the unique spiritual bond that links each murid to the Imam-of-the-Time.

Students in Portugal inspired by the fragile beauty of the sea
Students in Portugal inspired by the fragile beauty of the sea
11 December 2019

Prince Hussain visited the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon yesterday to inaugurate an exhibition of artwork designed by students from the Portugal Jamat’s Talim (religious education) classes, inspired by The Living Sea photo exhibition currently on display at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon.

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