Fair Observer com: Shattering Stereotypes With Aga Khan IV and the Ismaili Community — Article by Sahir Dewji

A Muslim leader dispels fears of diversity and Islamophobia by fostering a cosmopolitan ethic through architecture. Ismaili Centre Toronto © Karima Jivani The rise of Islamophobia and the increase in hate crimes targeted at Muslims point to the lasting effect of Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” thesis. Twenty-three years after the publication of his book,…

UCA -University of Central Asia Helps Expand Role of Museums in Kyrgyzstan

The Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) of UCA’s Graduate School of Development, organised a training on “Museum Collection Management: Storage, Accounting and Exhibition” on November 28th in Bishkek. It was held as part of CHHU’s ongoing efforts to build human resource capacity of national museums in Kyrgyzstan. The event was hosted by the Gapar…

Serving with a smile in Portugal — By Hannah Sabjaly

Ever since Ismailis began to settle in Portugal in the 1970s, members of the Jamat have contributed their time and talents on a voluntary basis towards the development of the community and wider society. Here, we share the stories and experiences of Portuguese volunteers across generations, united by a lifetime of service.   Volunteers have…

Berlin’s "A New Divan" Goethe’s enduring vision of cultural dialogue — By Grzegorz Szymanowski on Deutsche Welle / Qantara de

In his “West-Eastern Divan” published 200 years ago, Goethe promoted the idea of cultural proximity between Orient and Occident. The festival “A New Divan” in Berlin aimed at revisiting his idea. By Grzegorz Szymanowski Guillem Palomar spent four months working on his piece. Four months, all for just eight minutes, the duration of the 22-year-old…

Pakistan: Timber, Rock and Stone | The Shigar and Khaplu projects has improved the life of residents — AKDN Video

Something remarkable is taking place around the Shigar and Khaplu forts of Baltistan. Immersed in the breathtaking scenery of the Karakoram Mountains – some of the highest in the world – and steeped in four centuries of folklore and legends, community heritage and culture are being revitalised.  Remote communities are reviving ancient construction techniques. Buildings…

Tatarstan: Four Videos; Treasures of Tatarstan, Tatarstan brings in skills and investors, Tatars try to save their language and Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 cycle

Treasures of Tatarstan (7 min, english version) — Elena Pechko Source: Elena Pechko 16 Oct 2014 brings in skills and investors — Euro News Video As Kazan hosts the WorldSkills competition, Euronews takes a closer look at this eclectic city and visits Innopolis, a satellite development outside Kazan known as the Silicon Valley of Tatarstan.……

Artificial Futures Intelligent Robots in Science and Society — Prof. Dr. Alan Winfield’s Public Lecture at University of Central Asia

Prof. Dr. Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics (University of the West of England), Visiting Professor (University of York), and Associate Fellow (Cambridge Centre for the Future of Intelligence), delivered a UCA public lecture on “Artificial Futures Intelligent Robots in Science and Society” on November 19th. In this talk Prof. Dr. Alan Winfield presented the…

Order and Disorder: Information — A Science Documentary by Jim Al-Khalili

rofessor Jim Al-Khalili investigates one of the most important concepts in the world today – information. He discovers how we harnessed the power of symbols, everything from the first alphabet and the electric telegraph through to the modern digital age. But on this journey he learns that information is not just about human communication, it…

Climate Change: A concerted worldwide effort needs to be launched to mitigate a global calamity — Lecture by Dr. Tariq Banuri at University of Central Asia

Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission of the Government of Pakistan, delivered a lecture on climate change at the University of Central Asia in Bishkek on 18 November 2019. Dr. Banuri highlighted that climate change is here to stay, and while some changes are irreversible, a concerted worldwide effort needs to be…