The Art Lovers Who Founded Cairo —By Melik Kaylan on Wall Street Journal com | Also Featured Video on the ‘Fatimids Exhibition’ at Aga khan Museum

The Fatimids created the first alternative Muslim empire to fully challenge the orthodox Sunni Caliphate and ran a highly civilized, assiduously cultured and tolerant outfit. Kohl Container of rock crystal from Egypt (12th century) PHOTO: MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART, CAIRO Toronto In early Islamic history the Fatimids (909-1171) created the first alternative Muslim empire to…

Islamgelehrter über den Terror: „Der Koran ändert sich nicht“— Cicero de (In German language–interview with Grand Imam of al-Azhar on terrorism, sectarian conflict and roll of al- Azhar)

Ahmad Mohammad al Tayyeb gilt als höchste religiöse Instanz im sunnitischen Islam. Was denkt er über den „Islamischen Staat“, über die Reform seiner Religion und die Schiiten? picture alliance Imam Ahmad Mohammad al Tayyeb und Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier im Mai in Kairo Herr Großimam, wie viel Autorität hat Ihre Al-Azhar-Universität noch? Ahmad Mohammad al Tayyeb:…

Professor Jeremy Johns of Oxford on “The Magnificent Seven”: The Great Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewers Carved for the Fatimid Imams

Introduced by Abdulmalik J. Merchant (Publisher/Editor Simerg) ‘The Magnificent Seven’ In 2008, the same year that the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building was opened by Canada’s Prime Minister Harper in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, a rediscovery of a spectacular medieval Islamic rock crystal ewer, forgotten since the…

The Battle for Control of Al-Azhar — by Khairi Abaza on Fikra Forum org

May 15, 2013 by Khairi Ab In the wake of the crisis between radical Islamists and Copts during the Coptic Easter, another major religious crisis has been unfolding in Egypt. Al-Azhar, one of the world’s most respected institutions of religious learning for Sunni Muslims, is on a collision course with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and…

Ismaili Community: History – The Institute of Ismaili Studies article

Ismaili Community: History ***** Download PDF version of this article (33 KB)   The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, generally known as the Ismailis, belong to the Shia branch of Islam. The Shia form one of the two major branches of Islam, the Sunni being the other. The Ismailis live in over 25 different countries, mainly…

What Muslims need today? – Raheel Lakhani

Muslims at the height of their civilization were one of the major contributors of arts and sciences. People like Al-Kindi and Al-Farabi were first to recover and translate the Greek philosophy and introduced this wisdom in Spain and Europe. Avicenna and other Muslim intellectual’s treatises on philosophy, medicine and other sciences were part of western…

New Grand Sheikh at Al-Azhar University: Fighting Extremism in A Suit and Tie

The new grand sheikh of al-Azhar University, Ahmed al-Tayyib, is considered open-minded and moderate. He rejects all forms of political Islam and would like to continue to lead the most renowned and respected seat of Sunni learning in the progressive tradition established by his predecessor. Alfred Hackensberger reports For tolerance and against extremism: the 64-year-old…

Aga Khan University graduands were the beneficiaries of an intellectual tradition of the Aga Khan’s forefathers, the Fatimids, who established the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, over 1,000 years ago – Firoz Rasul

Graduation 2010: Uganda “Today, AKU makes programmes of international quality accessible to meritorious students from all socio-economic groups,” said President Firoz Rasul in his graduation address. “These programmes develop leadership capacity, engage communities to help them solve their own problems and add value through applying international best practices… In Uganda, we have the Advanced Nursing…