The Ideological Extremism of Al-Azhar —By Maher Gabra on Fikra Forum

An entrance to the mosque and university. Photo: Wikipedia (Egyptian writer Maher Gabra explores the contradiction of Al-Azhar’s claims regarding ISIS and the extremism of its own members. Gabra presents several examples of extremist rhetoric by Al-Azhar officials and argues that extremism must be challenged in its many forms in order to prevent radicalization.- David…

Kenyan Jamat gathers to witness opening of Heart and Cancer Centre by Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Kibaki – The Ismaili

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the gathering at the inauguration of the Aga Khan University Hospital Heart and Cancer Centre in Nairobi. Photo: Ejaz Karmali Nairobi, 25 July 2011 — Thousands of Ismailis gathered at the Parklands Complex Pavillion in Nairobi to witness the opening of a new Heart and Cancer Centre. The Aga Khan University Hospital facility was inaugurated by His…

Pir Nasir Khusraw’s Theory of Intellectual Education -Simerg com

Editor’s note: In Part I of this essay, Parvin Peerwani provided a brief background of the life of Nasir Khusraw and explained his definition of ‘aql and the general categories of knowledge such as the distinction between marifah and ‘ilm.  The modes of knowledge and the relationship of the human soul with the Universal Intellect…

Preservation of Threatened Islamic Architecture on the Island of Mozambique – A paper by Jigar Bhatt

From the on-line publication by the  Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (AKPIA@MIT) *****     Jigar Bhatt has a background in political economy and urban development. He received is Bachelors in Economics from Northeastern University and Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional work…

Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, by Heba Fatteen Bizzari

Source: Tour Egypt Net ***** The Al-Azhar Park is important for tourists to Egypt because this hilly site is surrounded by the most significant historic districts of Islamic Cairo. This is one of the primary destinations for many visitors to the city, and this new park located in its heart provides many advantages, including a…

Cairo’s rich history: Trapped in 1300 – Al-Ahram’s article

Source: Al-Ahram Weekly ***** Click to view caption ‘Tuquzdamour, Qawsun, Ibn Taghri, and the young sultan were all gone, leaving only the servants, who were still looking after me tirelessly … I had the feeling that something unpleasant was likely to happen in the not-too-distant future’ The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and…

Egypt: – A revival of Al-Azhar

Source: Al-Ahram ***** There have been many signs of the revival of Al-Azhar, the Sunni world’s most important seat of learning, most recently with the appointment of Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb as the institution’s rector, writes Hossam Tamam* Click to view caption Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb (more photos…) The declining impact of the official religious establishment, made…

Simerg’s Special Series, I Wish I’d Been There: Ghadir-Khumm and the Two Weighty Matters by Alwaez Jehangir A. Merchant

Jehangir A. Merchant: “Ghadir-Khumm and the Two Weighty Matters” Hypertext links to article in the “I Wish…” series: Ikhwan al-Safa by Raheel Lakhani (Pakistan) The Love for Ali by Altaf Hakiyani (USA) The Eid-i Qiyama! by Jalaledin Ebrahin (USA) Al-Qahirah: Then and Now by Zarina Moosa (Canada) Khawja Nasir Tusi’s Tales by Arif Babul (Canada) Pir Satgur Nur: Miracles in Ginan ‘Putla’ Ismaili Penmanship in 1906…