Southeastern US

Healthcare Hero - Drs Aziz and Safia Pirani
Healthcare Hero - Drs Aziz and Safia Pirani
21 May 2020

Hailing from neighbouring countries – Dr Aziz Pirani in Indore, India, and Dr Safia Pirani in Karachi, Pakistan – the Piranis were destined for careers in medicine.

Zeenat Jiwani from Atlanta, who works as an administrative nursing supervisor at Emory Decatur Healthcare.
Zeenat Jiwani from Atlanta, who works as an administrative nursing supervisor at Emory Decatur Healthcare.
Once frightened of blood, now caring for COVID-19 patients
Once frightened of blood, now caring for COVID-19 patients
9 May 2020

For Nurse Appreciation Week, we are recounting the stories and struggles of a few of our nurses who care for us, especially during the current health crisis.

Pediatrician Dr. Nazia Kabani of Birmingham, Alabama. Right: Dr. Kabani at the hospital wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and wishing us all well.
Pediatrician Dr. Nazia Kabani of Birmingham, Alabama. Right: Dr. Kabani at the hospital wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and wishing us all well.
How one physician is coping with COVID-19
How one physician is coping with COVID-19
25 April 2020

A personal story: A day in the life of a pediatrician in Birmingham, Alabama, treating children in the age of the Coronavirus.

Participants of the International Women's Day Celebration are eager to take action for gender equality.
Participants of the International Women's Day Celebration are eager to take action for gender equality.
Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Discussion with Chief Justice Carol Hunstein
Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Discussion with Chief Justice Carol Hunstein
20 April 2020

Accomplishing Our Dreams: Continuing to promote opportunities for women and reducing gender inequality. 

President Salima Jaffer of the Ismaili Council for Southeastern United States, Professor Sabir Khan, and Scott Marble, Chair and Professor of the School of Architecture, at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition at Georgia Institute of Technology.
President Salima Jaffer of the Ismaili Council for Southeastern United States, Professor Sabir Khan, and Scott Marble, Chair and Professor of the School of Architecture, at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition and Gallery Talk at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition and Gallery Talk at the Georgia Institute of Technology
29 March 2020

“I believe deeply in the potential of the architectural world to help inspire and enrich a creative dialogue…A dialogue between creative architectural partners, a dialogue between past and future, a dialogue between natural reality and human creativity, and a dialogue among diverse cultures.” Mawlana Hazar Imam at the award ceremony for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, which focused on the theme, Architecture in Dialogue.

AWB participants at the new MLK statue at the Georgia State Capitol.
AWB participants at the new MLK statue at the Georgia State Capitol.
Ismaili Students Impact the Community During Alternative Winter Break
Ismaili Students Impact the Community During Alternative Winter Break
27 March 2020

Alternative Winter Break (AWB) provided an opportunity for Ismaili college students from around the United States to gather in Atlanta, over a course of three days, during their winter holidays in January 2020.

I-CERV and IVC-100 volunteers take over Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia.
I-CERV and IVC-100 volunteers take over Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia.
Celebrating IVC 100-Years by Participating in Day of Service
Celebrating IVC 100-Years by Participating in Day of Service
15 March 2020

On a chilly Saturday morning in Atlanta, the Southeast region’s Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) took part in an initiative to help the environment as part of its 100-year celebration. The program was hosted by the Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (I-CERV), in partnership with Trees Atlanta.

Sarah Ali, Founder, and CEO of Vijiti.
Sarah Ali, Founder, and CEO of Vijiti.
Teenage Girl Starts a Non-profit to Help the Developing World
Teenage Girl Starts a Non-profit to Help the Developing World
13 March 2020

This last article in the International Women’s Day series illustrates how a young girl with a vision and determination can create an organization that serves communities a continent away.

Panelists and keynote speakers discuss the importance of excellence in education.
Panelists and keynote speakers discuss the importance of excellence in education.
Ivy League Connect Inspires Students to Reach for Excellence
Ivy League Connect Inspires Students to Reach for Excellence
15 February 2020

“As a student, when choosing the right school, you have to ask yourself if this institution will prepare me for the future,” advised distinguished scientist, Dr. George P “Bud” Peterson, President Emeritus and Regents Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was addressing middle and high school students in particular, at a program entitled “Ivy League Connect,” organized by the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States to provide the community with information on how to select a quality higher education institution.

Ismaili photo-journalist, Shama Hakim Manji, capturing the local markets and scenic views of the Badakhshan region.
Ismaili photo-journalist, Shama Hakim Manji, capturing the local markets and scenic views of the Badakhshan region.
A Cultural Exchange Experience in Hunza, Pakistan
A Cultural Exchange Experience in Hunza, Pakistan
16 January 2020

Pakistan, with its vast culture and loving citizens, is welcoming and open for tourism. My visit to the various regions of this beautiful country with the experienced and talented cultural dancers of Sanam Studio was in itself a great learning experience and added to my patriotism and love for the country in which I was born.

Dr. David Marcus, Arabic Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sings and performs traditional Arabic music on the oud.
Dr. David Marcus, Arabic Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sings and performs traditional Arabic music on the oud.
The Story of How Music Transcended Fragile Societies
The Story of How Music Transcended Fragile Societies
9 November 2019

The melody of a mandolin, accordion, banjo, and violin filled the room, bringing together nearly 200 people from different faiths and cultures on a Sunday afternoon. On October 27, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), and the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States presented in partnership a film screening of “El Gusto,” a musical documentary by filmmaker Safinez Bousbia, who won the Best Director Award at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in 2011. The film screening was held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Norcross, Georgia.

 

Judge Dhanidina with Salim Bhatia, Director, Aga Khan Academies, and Mrs. Bhatia.
Judge Dhanidina with Salim Bhatia, Director, Aga Khan Academies, and Mrs. Bhatia.
Judge Halim Dhanidina Speaks on Dissent, Democracy and Public Service
Judge Halim Dhanidina Speaks on Dissent, Democracy and Public Service
8 November 2019

At the International Athens Democracy Forum in 2015, Mawlana Hazar Imam stated, "The progress of democracy in our world is fundamentally linked to improving the quality of human life." He cited four elements that could help advance democracy: an improved constitutional understanding, independent and pluralistic media, the potential of civil society, and a genuine democratic ethic.