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Maaza Mengiste delivered the 2021 Annual Pluralism Lecture from New York’s Centre for Fiction.
Maaza Mengiste delivered the 2021 Annual Pluralism Lecture from New York’s Centre for Fiction.
Maaza Mengiste delivers 8th Annual Pluralism Lecture
Maaza Mengiste delivers 8th Annual Pluralism Lecture
19 May 2021

Ethiopian-American novelist Maaza Mengiste delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism’s eighth Annual Pluralism Lecture today, 19 May, following opening remarks by Princess Zahra. The lecture, entitled “The Moment of Encounter: History, Disruptions, and Transformations” was held virtually, in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

For decades, the Aga Khan University has educated students for local and global leadership.
For decades, the Aga Khan University has educated students for local and global leadership.
Mawlana Hazar Imam to address first AKU Global Convocation
Mawlana Hazar Imam to address first AKU Global Convocation
14 May 2021

In his capacity as Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver an address at the University’s first ever global convocation on 22 May 2021. The special virtual ceremony will bring together AKU’s graduating classes in Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and the UK, for a unique celebration of knowledge and learning.

Annual Pluralism Lecture to be held virtually on 19 May
Annual Pluralism Lecture to be held virtually on 19 May
12 May 2021

This year’s Annual Pluralism Lecture, presented by the Global Centre for Pluralism in partnership with the University of British Columbia, will be livestreamed on 19 May, and will feature opening remarks by Princess Zahra.

In India, with support from Jamati institutions, oxygen cylinders are being recycled and have provided almost two million litres of oxygen in areas where availability is scarce.
In India, with support from Jamati institutions, oxygen cylinders are being recycled and have provided almost two million litres of oxygen in areas where availability is scarce.
Jamati and AKDN institutions continue to prioritize Covid-19 response in India and around the world
Jamati and AKDN institutions continue to prioritize Covid-19 response in India and around the world
3 May 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic remains a serious public health concern across the globe. International attention is currently focused on the alarming situation in India, as many other countries around the world confront and prepare for second and third waves of infection.

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CONNECT virtual camp continues to unite youth from around the world
CONNECT virtual camp continues to unite youth from around the world
14 April 2021

Covid-19 has changed much of what we do and how we do it; from shaking hands and hugging our friends, to the very way we learn and work with our peers and colleagues. At the same time, Covid-19 has given rise to CONNECT, an initiative of Global Encounters and Aga Khan Youth and Sports Boards from around the world. Taking the form of a virtual camp, CONNECT is a way for Ismaili students to build bonds no matter where they may come from. CONNECT will be returning this summer from 19-25 July and 2-8 August.

The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service
The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service
31 December 2020

Welcome to The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service. This digital magazine provides a whistle-stop tour across continents, highlighting the various programmes, initiatives, and events organised by AKDN and Jamati institutions around the world over the past 12 months.

The Crown Room at the Aga Khan Centre, illuminated at night. The Aga Khan Centre in London, inaugurated by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 2018, is the permanent home of The Institute of Ismaili Studies.
The Crown Room at the Aga Khan Centre, illuminated at night. The Aga Khan Centre in London, inaugurated by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 2018, is the permanent home of The Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Mawlana Hazar Imam appoints new IIS Board of Governors
Mawlana Hazar Imam appoints new IIS Board of Governors
8 December 2020

On 13 December 2020, the Board of Governors of The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) will pass on the reins to new members, after overseeing a ground-breaking period of development for the Institute.

Global Encounters CONNECT participants from all over the world form a heart shape together to pose for a virtual group photo.
Global Encounters CONNECT participants from all over the world form a heart shape together to pose for a virtual group photo.
Global Encounters virtual camp to be held in December after successful first session
Global Encounters virtual camp to be held in December after successful first session
22 October 2020

CONNECT, a virtual camp that was brought directly to the homes of 1,075 participants during a 10-day period this July, was an effort to bring the global youth together through creativity and exploration. Due to its success, registration is now open for a second session to be held this December.

The Palacete Leitão is located on Rua Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon, adjacent to the existing Palacete Henrique Mendonça, which on 11 July 2018, was designated by Mawlana Hazar Imam as the Diwan of the Ismail Imamat.
The Palacete Leitão is located on Rua Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon, adjacent to the existing Palacete Henrique Mendonça, which on 11 July 2018, was designated by Mawlana Hazar Imam as the Diwan of the Ismail Imamat.
The Ismaili Imamat acquires the Palacete Leitão in Lisbon
The Ismaili Imamat acquires the Palacete Leitão in Lisbon
13 October 2020

The Ismaili Imamat has acquired the Palacete Leitão located on Rua Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon. The site is adjacent to the existing Palacete Henrique Mendonça, which on 11 July 2018, was designated by Mawlana Hazar Imam as the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat.

Conflict Resolution Day and Mediation Awareness Week programming on The Ismaili TV
Conflict Resolution Day and Mediation Awareness Week programming on The Ismaili TV
13 October 2020

Every year, the third Thursday in October is designated as Conflict Resolution Day, a global event intended to promote the concept of peaceful conflict resolution. Mediation Week is also celebrated during the month of October. This month gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we can each play a part in creating a more peaceful, generous, and hopeful world, especially during these challenging and stressful times. The theme for Mediation Week 2020 is “Access to Justice – The Role of Mediation.”

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Video: Planning for Opportunity
5 October 2020

This year’s theme for World Habitat Day, Housing for All: A Better Urban Future, is an opportunity to reflect on the state of housing in our towns, cities, and communities, exploring how we can build stronger, more resilient settlements.

Secondary Religious Education teachers adapt to new ways of working
Secondary Religious Education teachers adapt to new ways of working
4 October 2020

Since the announcement of lockdowns earlier this year, Bait-ul Ilm centres quickly transitioned to an online learning model. This has significantly impacted the routines of students and teachers as they experiment with new ways of working and communicating. To mark World Teachers’ Day, 5 October, we spoke to IIS-trained secondary Religious Education teachers around the world to find out how they have adapted.

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