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Aga Khan Award for Architecture trophies lined up in preparation for the prize-giving ceremony to begin.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture trophies lined up in preparation for the prize-giving ceremony to begin.
From Calgary to Kazan: An architect's journey
From Calgary to Kazan: An architect's journey
24 November 2019

As I prepare to leave for Kazan to attend the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, I feel somewhat stunned by the immense privilege of being part of such a unique event set to take place in such a magnificent city...

Noura Al Sayeh is honoured at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Ceremony for her work on the Revitalisation of Muharraq in Bahrain.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 cycle

Noura Al Sayeh is honoured at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Ceremony for her work on the Revitalisation of Muharraq in Bahrain.
Video: Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019
24 November 2019

In case you missed the live webcast from Kazan in September, The Ismaili is pleased to publish the full 50-minute Aga Khan Award for Architecture film. Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the 14th cycle of the award, which is presented every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra are welcomed to Ottawa by Ameerally Kassim-Lakha, President of the Ismaili Council for Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Jamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra are welcomed to Ottawa by Ameerally Kassim-Lakha, President of the Ismaili Council for Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Jamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Canada for Global Pluralism Awards ceremony
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Canada for Global Pluralism Awards ceremony
19 November 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada today, accompanied by Princess Zahra, in advance of a ceremony to recognise the recipients of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award.

View to the main entrance past the central ablutions fountain in the courtyard.
View to the main entrance past the central ablutions fountain in the courtyard.
Paving the way forward
Paving the way forward
9 November 2019

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently completed a trip to Pakistan, where they visited a number of AKDN projects. One stop on their tour of the country was Lahore. As a vital part of the Mughal Empire, Lahore was famed as one of the world’s most cultured cities. Since 2007, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Government of Punjab have strived to reinstate this historical legacy.

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah about to be weighed in diamonds in celebration of the 60th year of his Imamate at the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay, 10 March 1946.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah about to be weighed in diamonds in celebration of the 60th year of his Imamate at the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay, 10 March 1946.
Jubilee weighing ceremonies of the past catalysed the Jamat's upliftment
Jubilee weighing ceremonies of the past catalysed the Jamat's upliftment
9 July 2017

As the commencement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee approaches, we take a look back at the commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of our 48th Imam, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah.

Two ceremonies were held to commemorate Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s Diamond Jubilee – the first on 10 March 1946 in Bombay and the second on 17 August 1946 in Dar es Salaam. Most of the Jamat today will not have first-hand memories of the ceremonies, though they captured public imagination at the time and were widely covered by the media as the world began to rebuild itself following the war.

 
Nazrana of Time and Knowledge is both a gift and a privilege
Nazrana of Time and Knowledge is both a gift and a privilege
29 June 2017

Since the earliest days of Islam, the Shia notion of nazrana — the offering of an unconditional gift to the Imam of the Time as a gesture of a murid’s love and homage — has been a time-honoured tradition in the Jamat. With the approach of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, Ismailis around the world are renewing this age-old tradition.

 
A folio from a 16th century Indian manuscript of Nasir's Ethics. The text was authored by Ismaili Dai Nasir al-Din Tusi at Alamut around 1235 CE, two decades before the castle was surrendered to the Mongol armies
A folio from a 16th century Indian manuscript of Nasir's Ethics. The text was authored by Ismaili Dai Nasir al-Din Tusi at Alamut around 1235 CE, two decades before the castle was surrendered to the Mongol armies
Values and ethics provide a compass for navigating a sensitive world
Values and ethics provide a compass for navigating a sensitive world
27 June 2017

In all times and in all places, Ismailis have looked to the Imam of the Time, who has protected and guided the community in spiritual and worldly matters. And throughout 1 400 years of history, the Jamat has been continuously reminded of the value system that anchors our faith, and which continues to serve us as it has served our ancestors.

 

First musical tribute of the Diamond Jubilee released today
First musical tribute of the Diamond Jubilee released today
1 June 2017

With 40 days until the inauguration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, TheIsmaili is pleased to unveil a musical tribute composed by Salim – Sulaiman and performed by Ismaili artists from around the world.

Prince Amyn, accompanied by Museum of Anthropology Director Dr. Anthony Shelton, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, AKDN Diplomatic Representative for Canada, and Council for Canada President Malik Talib entering the Museum of Anthropology for the opening reception of the
Prince Amyn, accompanied by Museum of Anthropology Director Dr. Anthony Shelton, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, AKDN Diplomatic Representative for Canada, and Council for Canada President Malik Talib entering the Museum of Anthropology for the opening reception of the
Prince Amyn speaks at opening of calligraphy exhibition at UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver
Prince Amyn speaks at opening of calligraphy exhibition at UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver
17 May 2017

Prince Amyn was in Vancouver on 11 and 12 May to participate in the opening of a new exhibition at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Diamond Jubilee to renew a tradition of enduring legacy
Diamond Jubilee to renew a tradition of enduring legacy
12 May 2017
Sixty days ahead of the commencement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee on 11 July 2017, TheIsmaili is pleased to launch the first in a series of Jubilee-related articles. Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, talks about the Ismaili tradition of commemorating Jubilee anniversaries of our Imams, and the legacies that they leave behind.
The staggered block arrangement of the 66-storey Met Tower in Bangkok — shortlisted for the 2013 Award — provides plenty of light and cross-ventilation, so that apartments require no air conditioning.
The staggered block arrangement of the 66-storey Met Tower in Bangkok — shortlisted for the 2013 Award — provides plenty of light and cross-ventilation, so that apartments require no air conditioning.
Sustainability over spectacle: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Part 2)
Sustainability over spectacle: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Part 2)
30 August 2013

In the 36 years since the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established, it has recognised a broad array of projects, from office towers to affordable housing developments; the restoration of heritage to radical innovations in the built environment. But what the winning projects have in common is that each is an example of how architecture can make society a better place to live, says journalist Ayesha Daya.

Saloni Firasta-Vastani, Member of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, Imam Plemon El-Amin, and Priyanka Sinha, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Michael C. Carlos Museum gather with Dr. Hussein Rashid (second from the rig
Saloni Firasta-Vastani, Member of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, Imam Plemon El-Amin, and Priyanka Sinha, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Michael C. Carlos Museum gather with Dr. Hussein Rashid (second from the rig
The Islamic impact on American arts
28 March 2011

Dr Hussein Rashid delivered a lecture titled Everyday Art: An Islamic Impact on American Art on 13 February 2011 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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