Kazan,Tatarstan-Russia: Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Presentation Ceremony

“I believe that we all have a responsibility to improve the quality of life whenever and wherever that opportunity arises.  Our commitment to influencing the quality of architecture – intellectually and materially – grows directly out of our commitment to improving the quality of human life.” Bismillah-ir-Rahaman-ir-Rahim As-Salam-Alai-Kum, Peace be upon you Your Excellency Mintimer…

From wasteland to environment protection marvel: Sharjah’s Wasit Wetland Centre makes history | Won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019

Kazan, Tatarstan: Sharjah’s Wasit Wetland Cente — a marvel created out of a wasteland — made history by becoming the first environment protection zone to win the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment Protection Areas Authority (EPAA) received the award from Prince Kareem Aga Khan, the…

Mawlana Hazar Imam visits historic city of Bolgar in Tatarstan | Visits historic sites, participated in a postage stamp cancellation ceremony

Earlier today, 12 September, Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Bolgar, located in southwestern Tatarstan, in Russia. During his visit, Hazar Imam spent time at a number of historic sites, and participated in a postage stamp cancellation ceremony to commemorate the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. During his time in Bolgar, Hazar Imam participated in…

Sind, Pakistan: Study says customised mobile messages boost vaccine coverage | Voice message “Paigham-e-Sehat”, to parents and caregivers of infants

​Results from a randomised controlled trial spanning over 3,300 households in rural and urban areas of Sindh have highlighted the usefulness of SMS and voice campaigns, targeted at parents and caregivers of infants, in increasing vaccine coverage in underserved areas.  Sindh has one of the lowest rates of routine immunisation in Pakistan with seven out…

India: Urdu is the 2nd most spoken language in 5 states — Siasat com | Video: The Origin Of Urdu Language — Culture Express

Urdu is the second most spoken language in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. (…) According to Wikipedia, Urdu is the 3rd most spoken language in Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan. It is the 4th spoken language in Jharkhand, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal and the 5th…

Authoritative specialists in the modern history of Iran explore approaches to the Qur’an in new IIS publication — The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

Persian culture has had a long-standing engagement with the Qur’an since early classical times, and this has been visible in various forms from their poetry, calligraphy to Qur’anic exegesis. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, technological advancements made it easier to disseminate information to a larger pool of intellectuals who occupied the middle ground between…

Converting digital acumen into social capital —By Faiza Virani | Ismaili entrepreneurs who have ventured onto the app space, and are helping others through their technology

Originally intended to help with productivity tasks such as email, calendars, and contact lists; mobile apps have expanded into other areas such as games, location-services, purchasing, and countless others. Here we feature three Ismaili entrepreneurs who have ventured onto the app space, and are helping others through their technology. Originally intended to help with productivity…

Interview with Professor El-Nasir Lalani, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at AKU — The Ismaili

The Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Dr El-Nasir Lalani, Founding Director and Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Translational Medicine at the Aga Khan University’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine. Professor Lalani discusses the implications of scientific breakthroughs in a rapidly changing world, and the potential of stem cell research to better treat…

Kashmirʹs tormented quest for freedom: Modi and the revocation of Article 370 — Marian Brehmer reports from Kashmir on Qantara de | Watch Deutsche Welle Video

Since India scrapped its special status, tensions in Kashmir are rising once again. The conflict over the valley has defined the lives of Kashmiris for decades. Marian Brehmer reports from Kashmir The mountains, meadows and rivers of Kashmir are so reminiscent of Swiss mountain pastures that you could almost be forgiven for thinking you were…

Space Camp 2019: Launching into orbit — By Noureen Lakhani, Aisha Ali

In an effort to better understand the mysteries of the cosmos, and taking-off into its second year, Space Camp — an initiative of the Aga Khan Education Board (UK) — took 32 young participants from across the UK on an unforgettable space mission. Building on the success of the inaugural Space Camp in 2018, this…