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The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada.

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On 21 October 2009, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, the 26th Governor General of Canada will present a lecture at the Ismaili Centre, London. Her talk will focus on how Canada’s experience of evolving into a welcoming, pluralistic, post-modern society in the 21st Century can inform the creation of a new global citizenry.

An evening view of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Pedestrian walkways line the cascading water feature, leading to the building’s Main Entrance.

The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was opened on 12 October 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam. It is the first such Centre in Central Asia – a region that has been home to Ismaili Muslims for more than a thousand years.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe, as President Emomali Rahmon looks on.

The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was opened on 12 October 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam. It is the first such Centre in Central Asia – a region that has been home to Ismaili Muslims for more than a thousand years.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Rahmon share a joyful moment, following the unveiling of the plaque marking the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 12 October 2009 – His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and His Excellency President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, jointly inaugurated the first Ismaili Centre in Central Asia – a region that has been home to Ismaili Muslims for more than a thousand years.

The Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

Video of the development of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

The main entrance hall of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai draws architectural inspiration from Fatimid mosques. At the centre of the colourfully patterned marble floor is an ornamental fountain crafted from a solid block of Carrara marble.

Video of Mawlana Hazar Imam opening the Ismaili Centre, Dubai on 26 March 2008. Following the opening of the Centre, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the Dubai Park, located adjacent to the Centre.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the guests at the opening ceremony of the Ismaili Centre Dubai.

Video of Mawlana Hazar Imam opening the Ismaili Centre, Dubai on 26 March 2008, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, senior members of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. Hazar Imam was accompanied at the ceremony by Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim. Following the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the Dubai Park, located adjacent to the Centre. Presented as a gift from Hazar Imam to the City of Dubai, the 3 000 square metre park was developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives with His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan (left) and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum for the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

Video of Mawlana Hazar Imam opening the Ismaili Centre, Dubai on 26 March 2008. Following the opening of the Centre, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the Dubai Park, located adjacent to the Centre.

The main entrance hall dome is a visual marvel that rises in a series of arches and corbels upon which the brick dome culminates at its apex.

Video of the development of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives at Khorog Park together with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan and the Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. They are accompanied by the General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the AKDN Reside

Khorog, Tajikistan - A newly revitalised Khorog City Park was inaugurated on 10 October 2009 by First Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Gulomov of the Republic of Tajikistan, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. The Park is a significant new green space that will serve the residents of the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region in Tajikistan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the guests at the opening ceremony of the Ismaili Centre Dubai.

Speech made by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre Dubai on 26 March 2008.

 

Presidents Mohamed Manji and Samira Alibhai, of the Ismaili Councils for Canada and British Columbia, present a gift — the Bismillah Raven by Sherazad Jamal — to the Governor General. The gift represents a multiplicity of expressions and the c

As part of Canada’s expression of the Olympic Truce, Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada led a Truce Dialogue in the run-up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Dialogue, which took place at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, aimed at engaging youth on the topic of peace-building through sport.

Speech by His Excellency Jorge Sampaio, the President of the Portuguese Republic, at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon on Saturday, 11 July 1998.

Speech by His Excellency Jorge Sampaio, the President of the Portuguese Republic, at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon on Saturday, 11 July 1998.

The Rays of Light photographic exhibition depicts 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat.

Following successful showings in Paris and Lisbon, RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat had its North American debut in August in Atlanta. A Golden Jubilee International Programme, this exhibition depicts 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, against the backdrop of the 1 400 year history of Ismaili Imamat.

Participants parade into the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam during the opening ceremony of the 2009 Unity Games.

In April, the 2009 Unity Games held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania drew Jamati members from all over the country, as well as Kenya, Uganda and even Canada to compete in the spirit of brotherhood. Athletes were joined by spectators who also came to celebrate an enjoyable experience for all.

Imamat Day banners and members of the Aga Khan Scouts welcome guests to the reception.

In Tajikistan, the celebration of Imamat Day — or Roz-e Takht Nishini in Tajik — traditionally includes family and neighbourhood gatherings with shared meals, music and dancing. In July 2009 the Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representative Office contributed to the festivities by hosting an education-themed Imamat Day reception.

Some of the Aga Khan Scouts at the Imamat Day Reception gather for a photograph.

In Tajikistan, the celebration of Roz-e Takht Nishini has traditionally included family and neighbourhood gatherings with shared meals, music and dancing. This year, the AKDN Resident Representative Office contributed to the festivities by hosting an education-themed reception.