The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon

The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Photo: Gary Otte
The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Photo: Gary Otte

The Ismaili Centre in Lisbon established, for the first time in continental Europe, a permanent place where spaces for gathering for Ismaili Muslims complemented premises for an international network of social, cultural and economic development institutions serving people of all faiths, backgrounds and origins.

Access to the Ismaili Centre is through a landscaped park that surrounds buildings interspersed with courtyards and open patios. The complex combines multipurpose halls, open and enclosed areas for social functions, exhibitions and cultural presentations with offices and spaces for more contemplative gatherings of members of the Ismaili community.

Seniors in Portugal challenged to redefine the meaning of being “old”

Seniors take part in a theatre performance about mediation and dispute resolution during the Seniors in Movement programme held at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Photo: Pirbhai

What defines being old? Is it reaching a particular age? Retiring from the workplace? And what meaningful roles can the elderly play in society today? These and other matters were put forward at a recent gathering of seniors in Lisbon.

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In Lisbon, Kabul and around the world, Ismailis gather for International Women’s Day

At the Kabul International Women’s Day event organised by the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan, an audience member asks a question, as a young girl looks on. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan

International Women’s Day is celebrated by individuals, organisations and governments every year. This year a special recognition event was held for women at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, while the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan hosted an event in Kabul that drew some 900 participants.

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Ismaili Centre plays host to the 2009 Lisbon Forum

AKDN Representative Nazim Ahmad, Dinah Azevedo Gomes, Ismaili Council for Portugal President Amirali Bhanji, and UN High representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Dr Jorge Sampaio participate in the proceedings of the 2009 Lisbon Forum hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for Portugal

In November, the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon was the venue of the 2009 Lisbon Forum, an annual event of the North-South Centre. Focused on the “creation of a culture of human rights through education,” the gathering was organised in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Aga Khan Development Network.

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Portuguese Jamat celebrates the launch of three new publications

Three new publications from the Institute of Ismaili Studies were launched at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon. Photo: Courtesy ITREB Portugal

The Ismaili Centre in Lisbon recently hosted the launch of three new publications from the Institute of Ismaili Studies. The event featured special keynote addresses by Professor Azim Nanji and Dr. Omar Ali-de-Unzaga.

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