Students at a school in Kyrgyzstan take cover under their desks during the AKDN ShakeOut earthquake drill. Photo: Courtesy of FOCUS
The Memorandum of Understanding signed by AKDN, FOCUS and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services builds on the 2009 Agreement of Cooperation between the Ismaili Imamat the State of California. Photo: TheIsmaili / Farhez Rayani
Chuqander (Beetroot). Photo: Valentina R. / Dollar Photo Club
Ibn al-Haytham was a Fatimid-era scholar and polymath who wrote over 200 scientific works in subjects like astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics, philosophy, and physics. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
On 27 March 2014, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a panel discussion on the future of shale gas in the UK. Andrew Austin, the Rt Hon Edward Davey, MP and Professor Alan Riley formed the panel, which was moderated by Galib Virani. Photo: Rozina Sarasia

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From the archive

November 2012

Mawlana Hazar Imam in Arusha for opening of EAC headquarters

Arusha, 27 November 2012 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Tanzania earlier today, where tomorrow he will join the presidents of the five member states of the East African Community to tour the organisation’s new Arusha headquarters on the occasion of its opening.

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Dismantling the barriers of disability

Disability Awareness Day at the Ismaili Centre, London attracted a large cross-section of the Jamat, who took part in workshops and activities to discuss disability and mental health sensitivities. Photo: Jahanara Mirza

More than one billion people around the world live with disabilities — approximately 15 per cent of humanity — but they are excluded from full participation in mainstream society by physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers. Disability Days and other initiatives organised by the UK Jamat, show that these barriers can be overcome.

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Nasir Khusraw’s Safar-nama brought to life digitally by IIS volunteers

Discover fascinating details about ancient cities recorded by Nasir Khusraw in his “Safar-nama”, from Balkh in Northern Afghanistan, to Aleppo, Jerusalem, Medina, Mecca and Basra. Photo: Courtesy of The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Nasir Khusraw was a major Muslim intellectual, philosopher and traveller of the 11th century, and a prominent Shia Ismaili Da‘i. A new digital resource from The Institute of Ismaili Studies makes his famous Safar-nama accessible in a way that it never has been before.

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“Replace fearful ignorance with empathetic knowledge,” urges Mawlana Hazar Imam at Brown University

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers the 88th Ogden Memorial Lecture in International Affairs at Brown University. Photo: TheIsmaili / Farhez Rayani

Providence, USA, 10 March 2014 — At a time when technology connects more people than ever before, it can also be a force of fragmentation, warned Mawlana Hazar Imam. He was delivering the 88th Stephen A. Ogden Jr ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs as part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Brown University.

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Wall of ribbon pledges in Dubai

Wall of ribbon pledges in Dubai


The Grand Portal entrance to the Ismaili Jamatkhana Lahore.

The Grand Portal entrance to the Ismaili Jamatkhana Lahore.


Yawm-e Ali 2010 Lecture on Imam Ali and the Power of Compassion by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at the Ismaili Centre, London.

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