Dr. Santa J. Ono gave a lecture on Faith in the Academy at the Ismaili Centre Toronto on August 6. The President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia spoke to the audience about how his faith has been intertwined with his scientific research over the years.

Mandarins grow in the Ismaili Centre's Garden of Fruits, which also includes other species, along with their rich colours and scents.

On a sunny weekend earlier this summer, the gardens at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, along with other flourishing green spaces in the surrounding area, participated in the third edition of the Open Gardens Festival, welcoming visitors, and sharing its diverse flora with the public. 

The main courtyard at the Ismaili Centre Dubai features an intricate geometric arrangement of water channels which, along with the flower beds and trees, evoke the natural environment within a built-up area.

Today, climate change affects every country on every continent. It has become a global challenge that requires local engagement. In response, the Jamat in the United Arab Emirates has actively participated in environmental programming in the country, acting as stewards for a sustainable, green future.

As part of a multi-part conversation series hosted by Dr. Amyn Sajoo at the Ismaili Centre Toronto, Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care and family physician at the William Osler Health System and the Inner City Health Associates, discussed life, death and belonging.

 
A close-up view of Kevork Mourad's six-metre high, three-dimensional artwork, entitled Seeing Through Babel.

Kevork Mourad's six-metre high, three-dimensional graphic artwork, entitled Seeing Through Babel, is the first public exhibit to be installed at the reopened Zamana Space, and celebrates a partnership between the Ismaili Centre, London and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Prince Amyn delivers remarks at the inauguration of the Seeing Through Babel exhibition at the Ismaili Centre, London.

Prince Amyn visited the Ismaili Centre, London, on 4 July to officially open the Seeing Through Babel exhibition, the first public exhibit at the Centre’s newly reopened Zamana Space. 

This year’s Annual Pluralism Lecture was held on 11 June at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, where Amina J. Mohammed spoke about the connections between pluralism and sustainable development. In his introductory remarks, Mawlana Hazar Imam said that Ms Mohammed “has had an extraordinary life journey, and we are all privileged to be able to benefit from her insights.”

The Ambassador of Algeria, Fatiha Selmane, with the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Teresa Ribeiro, and Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to the Portuguese Republic, Nazim Ahmad, at the commemorations of Africa Day at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon.

Earlier this month, the Ismaili Centre Lisbon participated in the annual commemoration of Africa Day, hosting a gathering of guests to enjoy diverse sounds, colours, and tastes, and to reflect on Africa’s future. Africa Day is commemorated on 25 May every year to mark the foundation of the African Union, which works to achieve greater unity, cooperation, peace, and sustainable development on the continent.

As part of a multi-part speaker series hosted by Dr. Amyn Sajoo at the Ismaili Centre Vancouver, Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, Dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC, discussed issues surrounding migration, immigration policy and identity on April 6, 2019.

 Attendees had the opportunity to share a pledge on how to end the stigma around mental illness in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day
On January 30, 2019, Bell Let’s Talk Day, the Ismaili Centre, Toronto launched a three-part series - Minding the Gap: A Conversation on Mental Health from Stigma to Treatment Innovation.
Nobovar Chanorov (2nd from right) and the Shams group shared a medley of Pamiri sounds to an enthralled audience at the Ismaili Centre, London.

For communities residing among the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan, music is part of everyday life, appreciated and practiced at every opportunity. On 28 March 2019, Nobovar Chanorov and the Shams group of music artists shared a medley of Pamiri sounds to an enthralled audience at the Ismaili Centre, London.

Elaha Soroor performs at the Ismaili Centre, London in October 2017.

We humans share our culture through many forms of creative expression, which together embody the arts. Arts encompass multiple ways of channelling creative impulses through poetry and literature, visual, imaginary, and performance. Over time, culture informs, shapes, and transforms the way human society comes to present various art forms which it learns to cherish and covet as civilisations evolve and progress.

As part of a new interview series, Dr Sharofat Mamadambarova discusses the recent opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog; its construction, design, and the role it will fulfil for the Jamat in Tajikistan in the years ahead. The.Ismaili is pleased to publish this interview on the 3-month anniversary of the Jamatkhana's opening.

Entrance into the Ismaili Centre, Dubai — a plurality of perspectives.

Over the past decade since its opening, the Ismaili Centre Dubai has become established as a multidisciplinary hub of culture, faith, education, and community identity. Exemplifying the core values of Ismaili Muslims, the Centre offers a platform for dialogue, unity, and progress within the Jamat and the wider community.

His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, surrounded by young Ismailis in the Garden of Fruits at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon.

Along with serving as symbols of the presence of the Ismaili community around the world, Ismaili Centres also act as meeting points for youth in the Jamat to connect, learn from, and interact with one another. 

The Jamat singing traditional songs at the Roz-e-Nur event in New York.

Jamatkhanas and Ismaili Centres play an important role in the lives of the Ismaili community in the USA but they also play a very important role in promoting diversity and pluralism in the communities where they exist.

UK-based architect Farshid Moussavi has been selected to lead the design of the Ismaili Center, Houston — the first Ismaili Center in the USA.

The ensemble weaved together a selection of well-known qawwali, original compositions, poems, and stories from a variety of cultural traditions.

The songs and stories of the Middle East and South Asia are infused with sensations, fragrances, tastes, and colours; the depth of which were conveyed by Harvard Professor Ali Asani, and Pakistani singer and author Ali Sethi, in a unique format at the Ismaili Centre London.

Acclaimed singer and author Ali Sethi performs at Misaq e Ishq, at the Ismaili Centre London.
On a cold and crisp winter evening, a buzz of anticipation filled the air as crowds filtered into the social hall at the Ismaili Centre on 16 January for Misaq e Ishq — an evening of poetry, music, and storytelling on the theme of love.
A façade of interspersed openings facing the courtyard at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai

Situated in six cities around the world, the Ismaili Centres are places of contemplation and congregation, peace and prayer, humility and hope, discovery and dialogue, and equanimity and enlightenment.