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Mawlana Hazar Imam and Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov congratulate one another after unveiling the plaque marking the inauguration of the UCA Naryn Campus. Gary Otte

Naryn, 19 October 2016 — In a historic ceremony held this morning, Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic inaugurated the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia — the first of three residential campuses being constructed in the high mountains of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a traditional offering of non (bread) by two students from the Aga Khan School in Osh. Gary Otte

Bishkek, 17 October 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Kyrgyzstan this evening, ahead of the inauguration of the University of Central Asia’s Naryn campus.

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivers a talk on how the University of Central Asia is creating opportunity in the region at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK / Riaz Kassam

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivered a talk at the Ismaili Centre, London in which he emphasised the strategic importance of the Central Asian region in a globalised world. Titled Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World, his talk on 20 May 2016 was part of AKF UK’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty lecture series.

His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada delivers the opening keynote at the Smart Global Development conference held at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa. AKFC / Patrick Doyle

Canada’s Governor General opened a two-day conference at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa that aims to raise the profile of higher education on the global development agenda. Attendees from more than 20 countries and a dozen universities gathered to discuss how tertiary education can improve quality of life.

Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Enterprise and Resources at the Royal Geographical Society, delivers a lecture on the history and significance of the Silk Road. Riaz Kassam

As part of the Nour Festival of Arts, Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Collections at the Royal Geographical Society, speaks on People and Places along the Silk Road: a geographical perspective at the Ismaili Centre, London in November 2014.

San’at Mahmudova treats the audience to classic dance styles from Central Asia in Threads Along the Silk Road. Safaraj Khorasi

The annual Nour Festival celebrates the best in contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture. As a partner in the festival, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a series of events showcasing the colours, sounds and life of the Silk Route, incorporating Middle East and North Africa and its cultural influence across the regions.

The London Uyghur Ensemble in performance at the Ismaili Centre, London as part of the 2014 Nour Festival. Sadrudin Verjee

Shining a light on contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture, the fifth annual Nour Festival of Arts took place at venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in October – November 2014. As a partner of the festival, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a series of events that celebrated the cultural diversity of the Silk Road.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev enter the Ala Archa Official State Residence. Sultan Dosaliev (Presidential photographer)

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the Kyrgyz Republic on 2 November for a four day visit to review Aga Khan Development Network activities in the country. During the visit, Hazar Imam visited the University of Central Asia’s main campus in Naryn, and held meetings with the Kyrgyz President, Almazbek Atambayev and Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev in Bishkek.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Minister Kanat Sadykov and AKDN Representative Shamsh Kassim-Lakha upon his arrival in Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte

Bishkek, 2 November 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic this evening for a four day visit to review Aga Khan Development Network activities in the country.

Nasir Jetha with traditional dancers in Kyrgyzstan, where he served as a TKN volunteer at the University of Central Asia.

Nasir Jetha’s career in accounting and finance has taken him around the world, from Tanzania to England, Canada and Bermuda. Most recently, it took him to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he helped oversee the Finance Department of the University of Central Asia as a TKN volunteer.

In March 2011, Navroz was celebrated for the first time at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.

In celebration of Navroz, the Aga Khan Development Network hosted a reception at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Over 300 people attended the celebration, which was held on 20 March 2011 and was the first Navroz event ever held at the Centre.

A traditional Afghan dance during Navroz celebrations in Vancouver.

Celebrated on 21 March each year, Navroz is an occasion of special significance to millions around the world. Having migrated to Canada from Afghanistan, 35-year-old Ahmad Wali fondly reminisces over the rich traditions and memories of Navroz that he harbours from his childhood.

A sign posted at an Ashram run by an Indian NGO that helps child labourers decries child exploitation.

It is believed to be one of the fastest growing forms of organised crime in the world, though most people ignore it or are simply unaware. But through a five-part series currently being aired on BBC World Television, executive producer Faridoun Hemani and researcher Jazzmin Jiwa hope to change that. They assert that human trafficking is a modern form of slavery.

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.

East Meets Western, a new television documentary about the Ismaili community and the Calgary Stampede, describes two seemingly disparate cultures that have built a successful relationship based on shared values. The film showcases the volunteerism, creativity and organisational skills of the Jamat, and highlights the historical role that the Stampede has played in promoting cultural pluralism in Calgary.

GPISH students listen during a course lecture at The Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Ismailis interested in tackling pressing issues faced by societies around the world increasingly see the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities as a stepping stone. The multi-disciplinary programme is a bridge to new and exciting opportunities.

Sitora Shokamolova and Murdobek Laldjebaev are two of the first scholars to study at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy under a partnership between the University of Central Asia and the National University of Singapore.

A partnership between the University of Central Asia and the National University of Singapore aims to ensure that Central Asian scholars with top international academic credentials are strongly represented in the UCA’s faculty. The first students selected for the programme have high aspirations for their native countries.

The AKDN Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, Nurjehan Mawani, bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Manas International Airport.

During a ten-day visit to Central Asia, Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, where he met with senior government and institutional leaders, and assessed the development of the University of Central Asia as well as other AKDN and Imamat projects. In Tajikistan, Hazar Imam granted Golden Jubilee Darbars at Ishkashim and Porshinev, and layed the foundation for the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog.

Once relegated to folklore and theatre, traditional Pamiri clothing styles are making a comback.

The evolution in choice of dress among the Ismailis of Gorno-Badakhshan in Tajikistan is reflective of wider changes and influences that have affected that society over the past decades. The recent re-emergence of Pamiri dress speaks to a rediscovery of local heritage.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is joined by Bangladesh’s Honourable Adviser for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed, in unveiling the plaque marking the foundation of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Dhaka.

19 – 22 May 2008

In Bangladesh, Mawlana Hazar Imam granted a Golden Jubilee Darbar to the Jamat in Dhaka. Hazar Imam also presided over the foundation of the Aga Khan Academy and the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre Dhaka.

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