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The Ismaili Centres are symbolic markers of the permanent presence and core values of Ismaili communities around the world.

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Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe

“The Tajik Ismaili community has roots in this region that extend back more than a thousand years, as long ago as the second century of Islam. The community holds a recognized and admired position in the history of human endeavour here, contributing some of the greatest names in the fields of theology, philosophy, poetry and the sciences. This new Centre will be a place for looking back on that rich and powerful history in grateful and solemn remembrance.”
— Mawlana Hazar Imam, 12 October 2009

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The Ismaili Centre, Toronto

An artist-rendering of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Copyright: Imara Wynford Drive

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper marked the foundation of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, together with the Aga Khan Museum and their Park situated in the city’s Don Mills area on 28 May 2010.

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» As construction continues along Wynford Drive, BC Premier visits exhibition at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

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UAE looks with anicipation towards the opening of the Aga Khan Museum

Music and other performing arts are an important part of cultural expression in the Muslim world, and will be part of what the Aga Khan Museum  offers to its visitors. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UAE

An event hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai by the Aga Khan Museum and the Embassy of Canada to the United Arab Emirates offered a preview of what will be the first museum in North America dedicated to the Islamic arts and cultures. Delivering the keynote address, Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak al-Nahyan applauded the Museum’s goal to showcase diversity of Muslim societies and foster greater understanding amongst peoples of different backgrounds.

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Video: Canadian pluralism at a crossroads, says John Stackhouse, delivering the Ismaili Centre Lecture

John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, delivers the 2013 Ismaili Centre Lecture in Burnaby, Canada. Photo: Azim Verjee

Burnaby, Canada, 1 December 2013 — John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, delivered the Ismaili Centre Lecture, in which he described pluralism as being central to Canadian identity. Featuring speakers of distinction, Ismaili Centre Lectures are held regularly at Centres around the world, and seek to encourage exchange, mutual understanding and friendship between peoples of diverse communities and faiths.

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UK theatrical production offers audience an innovative look at pluralism

In "The Harmony Project", musicians perform a medley of spiritual music combining the instruments as diverse as the sitar and the electro-acoustic guitar. Photo: Samir Bharwani

The Harmony Project premiered before audiences at the Ismaili Centre, London on 13 and 14 April 2013. Written, directed and performed by members of the United Kingdom Jamat, the theatrical production follows the story of a group of fictional characters from completely different backgrounds, brought together to create a show.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds town hall meeting at Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the Ismaili Centre, and is received by AKDN Resident Representative Munir Merali and Muzaffar Djorubov, Executive Officer of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe

Dushanbe, 22 October 2011 — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe today, where she held a town hall meeting to help promote the US-sponsored New Silk Road Initiative. Several hundred people attended the gathering, including various members of Tajikistan’s civil society, local and international development organisations, media outlets, representatives of the AKDN and Jamati leaders.

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Gallery: Opening of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai

Gallery: Architecture of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

Gallery: Opening of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon

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