The West’s "intellectually lazy" obsession with sectarianism — Interview with political scientists Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel on Qantara de

Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi warn in this interview with Emran Feroz against the tendency in Western media and policy circles to view Middle Eastern politics in essentialist sectarian terms. “Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East”, their recent collection of essays, examines the topic in depth Can you explain briefly what you…

A “living legend”: Mawlana Hazar Imam recognised by the University of Calgary — The Ismaili | 17 October 2018 | Canada

The University of Calgary conferred Mawlana Hazar Imam with its highest academic honour: a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, reserved for the most distinguished individuals who have made extraordinary achievements in community, national, or international services.  Speaking about the prestige of the award and the University’s honour in bestowing Mawlana Hazar Imam with its tribute…

Aga Khan visits namesake U of A garden —CTV Edmonton News TV

The man after whom a section of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden is named visited the site for the first time Tuesday for its inauguration. Premier Rachel Notley, Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell, and U of A President David Turpin were among those who gathered at the garden to greet the Aga Khan, Prince Shah…

As Canada legalizes recreational use of marijuana, the Ismaili Jamat and its youth must seek to apply principles of good health and good judgement as articulated by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan — Simerg com

By Abdulmalik Merchant Effective October 17, 2018, Canada is legalizing the recreational use of cannabis or marijuana. The current Federal Liberal Government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has justified legalization “to better protect the health and safety of Canadians, to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth and to keep profits out of…

Living history: The Aga Khan Palace in India — By ZAITOON KHAN

On 2 October, the Aga Khan Palace in Pune was lit up in all its glory, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Shining like a beacon above Pune’s Nagar Road, the brightly lit Palace represents a fitting metaphor for Gandhi’s role as a guiding light in India’s campaign for independence. The Aga…

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C — The Conversation com

A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s at stake in the world’s bid to limit global temperature rise to 1.5℃. The report, released today, sets out the key practical differences between the Paris agreement’s two contrasting goals: to…

Libraries as learning locations: “Knowledge for Everyone, for Free, Period” — Goethe de | Libraries and Knowledge in Shia Ismaili Muslim Tariqah

Public and accessible meeting space becomes increasingly rare and high quality education remains out-of-reach for many people. Therefore, libraries have a more important role to play than at any point in their century old history. Nico Koenig and Grif Peterson from “Peer 2 Peer University” (P2PU) talk about the potential of libraries as a shared…

India: Water dispensing project in the drought hit Yavatmal

Yavatmal District in Maharashtra was facing drought during the last year due to insufficient rainfall and there was heavy scarcity of drinking water in the area. Keeping this in mind the Board of Directors of The Ismailia Urban Credit Co-Operative Society Ltd. Yavatmal started a project to provide safe and pure RO filtered drinking water…