Ivory Coast, : a slow rebirth — Photo Essay by Eric Lafforgue on Qantara de

After its independence from France, the Ivory Coast was called the “Miracle of Africa” for its religious and ethnic harmony. But the dynamic country still faces many challenges. By Eric Lafforgue Strangers in their own country: Ivory Coast is home to 62 different ethnic groups, including the Peuls. But many don’t have Ivorian citizenship because…

Recognising World Disability Day in Kenya

Within the Jamat, there is a significant number of people that live with some form of disability, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, and mental illness. Like everyone, this group of individuals have their own uniqueness, which needs to be understood and embraced. It can be done in an environment that promotes…

Common Ground – The Ismaili Centres as Enablers for Holistic Engagement

“The Holy Quran commands humankind to shape our earthly environment, as good stewards of the Divine Creation…We hope that the Aga Khan Award for Architecture will always point towards an architecture of optimism and harmony, a powerful force in elevating the quality of human life.” – Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Aga Khan…

Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) master musicians, Kronos Quartet and Bassekou Kouyaté

JUBILEE: CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONS OF MUSICAL HERITAGE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, WEST AFRICA AND CENTRAL ASIA. Jubilee will feature Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative and special guests Kronos Quartet and Bassekou Kouyaté in a performance of newly-created compositions that exemplify the way musical creativity has historically developed from the meeting of different cultures….

Pakistan: ‘Sufism has the power to eliminate extremism from society’ — Daily Times | About ‘Lok Virsa’|Watch Videos on Diverse Culture

ISLAMABAD: Extremism can only be eliminated by teachings of great Sufis. Sufism alone can prevent wars and promote tolerance and mutual respect. It unifies people irrespective of their caste, culture, creed and religion, speakers discussed. The Research & Publication department of Lok Virsa commenced a series of interactive literary sessions named Muzakira at Lok Virsa’s…

2017 Global Pluralism Award Recipients — Global Centre for Pluralism, Canada

In recognition of outstanding achievements to support more inclusive societies worldwide, the renowned international jury, selected 10 finalists for the inaugural 2017 Global Pluralism Award 2017 Award Winners Leyner Palacios Asprilla  | Colombia Founder, Committee for the Rights of Bojayá Victims Leyner is a Colombian community leader and human rights advocate that has fought for…

New Orleans,USA: Of Confederate Monuments, NOLA’s Mayor Asks: "Is This Really Our Story?" — By Deirdre Fulton on Common Dreams Org|Long-awaited task of taking down Confederate monuments from its public spaces|Watch Video

‘The monuments that we took down were meant to rebrand the history of our city and the ideals of a defeated Confederacy The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was the last to come down, on Friday. (Photo: Reuters) Last week, as New Orleans completed the controversial and long-awaited task of taking down Confederate…