Afshi Charania
Afshi Charania
On Women’s Day 2019, A Look at American Ismaili Women in Leadership
On Women’s Day 2019, A Look at American Ismaili Women in Leadership
7 March 2019

Four Definitions of Success, One Message from Ismaili Women Leaders: Your Story is Your Own.

Ismaili women in America fit no singular mould. But in interviews with four women leaders, one key aspect shines through: Ismaili women are breaking new grounds and setting bars extremely high, equipped with education, critical thinking, humility, and a thirst for excellence.

State Representative Safiya Wazir with US Senator Maggie Hassan. Photo: Becky Field.
State Representative Safiya Wazir with US Senator Maggie Hassan. Photo: Becky Field.
The Journey from a Refugee to a State Legislator
The Journey from a Refugee to a State Legislator
9 February 2019

At just six years old, Safiya Wazir fled from Afghanistan as a refugee of the civil war. Wazir lived in Uzbekistan for a decade before arriving in the USA as a high school student. At the age of 16, she had to master a new language, and become familiar with a new culture - and lots of snow.

Gene editing technology is already having a significant impact in medical research and in treating patients.
Gene editing technology is already having a significant impact in medical research and in treating patients.
An Education to Last Two Lifetimes
An Education to Last Two Lifetimes
4 November 2018

The.Ismaili USA is presenting a series of articles on Education, the Future, and New Skills, that appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of The Ismaili USA magazine. Quality higher education is a key priority of the Jamat and this series of articles explores some of the new scientific areas worth considering as careers, as well as the need to adapt to the changing work environment, and the skills needed for advancement. Additionally, as technology develops, so too are the media through which knowledge is disseminated, and new avenues to acquire learning are becoming prominent.

Karen Armstrong.
Karen Armstrong.
An interview with Dr Karen Armstrong: The Golden Rule and Religion
An interview with Dr Karen Armstrong: The Golden Rule and Religion
26 August 2018

The.Ismaili brings you Sahil Badruddin’s interview with Karen Armstrong, an internationally acclaimed scholar and bestselling author of numerous books on religion. She won the 2008 TED Prize launching The Charter for Compassion, which has over two million signatories. She discussed her insights on compassion, the Golden Rule, nationalism, materialism, cosmopolitan ethics, religious literacy, the future of religion, perceptions of religious people, religious institutions, personal search, and her vision for the future.

Dr. Hussein Rashid’s audience with Pope Francis at a conference on environmental care in September 2016
Dr. Hussein Rashid’s audience with Pope Francis at a conference on environmental care in September 2016
A Discussion with Professor Hussein Rashid
A Discussion with Professor Hussein Rashid
28 May 2018

Professor Hussein Rashid discusses his work, perceptions of Muslims, cosmopolitan ethics, attitudes towards faith, materialism, and religious and cultural literacy.

Shamsha Isani
Shamsha Isani
Voices of the American Ismaili Community
Voices of the American Ismaili Community
12 March 2018

Three Ismailis express their views about their Ismaili identity.

Mawlana Hazar Imam at the inauguration of the Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa, Canada on May 16, 2017
Mawlana Hazar Imam at the inauguration of the Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa, Canada on May 16, 2017
Beyond Tolerance: Expanding our Vocabulary
Beyond Tolerance: Expanding our Vocabulary
11 March 2018
“O Mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord, who created you from a single soul, and from it created its mate, and from them twain hath spread abroad a multitude of men and women.” (Holy Qur’an, 4:1) 
A vegetable farmer in India trained to replace harmful pesticides with organic farming, by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India
A vegetable farmer in India trained to replace harmful pesticides with organic farming, by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India
Providing the Spark of Hope
Providing the Spark of Hope
3 March 2018

"There are those who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot. Unless these unfortunates can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink back into renewed apathy, depredation and despair. It is for us who are more fortunate to provide that spark." -Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the inauguration of the Aga Khan Baug Housing project at Versova, Mumbai, India, January 17, 1983

An Interview with Dr. Eboo Patel
An Interview with Dr. Eboo Patel
5 January 2018

Recently, Sahil Badruddin, an interview host for OnFaith (onfaith.co), sat down with Dr. Eboo Patel.

Shamim Jiwani, a passionate early childhood educator based in Naperville, IL
Shamim Jiwani, a passionate early childhood educator based in Naperville, IL
Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn
Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn
7 December 2017
Two educators build unexpected careers in education when they move to America - one preparing kids from infancy, and the other readying students for adulthood.
Shahzadi Khan at Houston Baptist University, where she obtained her nursing degree.
Shahzadi Khan at Houston Baptist University, where she obtained her nursing degree.
A Community Effort: Improving Quality of Life through Education
A Community Effort: Improving Quality of Life through Education
29 November 2017

Growing up in Hunza, Northern Pakistan, Shahzadi Khan and her family lived a comfortable life. Her father was a teacher at the Aga Khan School and earned an income sufficient to support his family, so Shahzadi went to boarding school, and she and her siblings focused only on their studies.

Alykhan Boolani is currently High School Principal at Unity Preparatory Charter School.
Alykhan Boolani is currently High School Principal at Unity Preparatory Charter School.
A Principal’s View: Education as Soul-bearing and Soul-shaping
A Principal’s View: Education as Soul-bearing and Soul-shaping
28 November 2017
With ever-changing pressures on the public school system, Principal Alykhan Boolani tackles systemic inequality with surgical precision.