Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt: His Highness to deliver Keynote Address at the Africa 2016|Welcomed by Ambassador Dr Hazem Fahmy and the Governor of South Sinai

His Highness the Aga Khan will deliver the Keynote Address at the Africa 2016 – Business for Africa, Egypt and the World conference on Sunday 21st February. For more details on the conference, please see: http://www.businessforafricaforum.com/ Arriving in Sharm el-Sheikh on the eve of the conference, the Aga Khan was welcomed by the Governor of…

The “Blue Mosque” of Cairo Restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Inauguration of the restoration of the “Blue Mosque” in Cairo. Photo: AKTC/Gary Otte Please also see: Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan Cairo, 2 May 2015 – Restoration of the 14th century Amir Aqsunqur “Blue Mosque” in Al-Darb al-Ahmar has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) as part of the…

Has political Islam failed? Islamic intellectual Tariq Ramadan discusses Islamism and the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood —Al Jazeera video

Has the Arab Spring turned into an Islamist winter? Mehdi Hasan challenges Islamic intellectual Tariq Ramadan on the principles and practice of political Islam. Together they dissect the Arab revolts, focusing on Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise and demise, and the subsequent military coup. So, has political Islam failed in Egypt? Did the Muslim Brotherhood…

Christmas in Turkey — Al Monitor com article

A statue of “Noel Baba” stands in Demre, a district of the southern town of Antalya. (photo by panoramio.com/Ahmet Sertturk) (…) Turkey used to be the center of Orthodox Christianity, and according to government records, there are now 349 functioning churches in Turkey. Yet, not only the number of Christians but also the number of…

In Brief: Little Known Facts From Ismaili History – (I) The Imitation of Fatimid Gold Coins in Christian Kingdoms – Simerg com

BRIEF FACTS FROM ISMAILI HISTORY “In the twelfth century the gold dinars of the Fatimid caliphs of Egypt were so highly valued throughout the Middle East, especially by Syrian merchants, that the Christian kingdoms founded in Palestine by the Crusaders began to issue imitations of them. These imitations, the so-called “Saracenic besants”, were clumsily produced…

Digitizing of Millenaire de la Mosquee-Universite d’el Azhar, 359 H.-1359 H — The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT

The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT is pleased to announce that a fully digitized copy of Seddik Shihab al-Din, Millenaire de la Mosquee-Universite d’el Azhar, 359 H.-1359 H. (1940). Travaux d’Urbanisme en Cette Occasion par Seddik Chihab el Dine (Le Caire: Imprimerie Nationale, Boulac, [1936]), is available in the Archnet Digital Library. Originally produced…

Middle Eastern Turmoil: Tension Between Spontaneity and Organization – A video-interview with Avishai Margalit on Reset Doc org

Many are now wondering whether organized forces in Cairo will take over the revolution, as happened a century ago when the Bolshevik fringe of Russian revolutionaries took hostage the spontaneous and plural movements, imposing its own purposes and ideology. Is this fear justified? Does this comparison with the October Revolution make sense? What instead remains…

Historical representations of a Fatimid Imam-caliph: Exploring al-Maqrizi’s and Idris’ writings on al-Mu‘izz Li Din Allah — Academic Articles on Institute of Ismaili Studies UK

This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in Alifba: Studi Arabo-Islamici e Mediterranei, Vol XXII – the published proceedings of the International Conference on the Fatimids and the Mediterranean held at the University of Palermo, Italy in December 2008.    Abstract It is a happenstance of history that the two most…

Stop and Dance!: ”Mahatat” Dance Project in Cairo – Freedom of artistic expression suported by Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute and the German Embassy

Spontaneous flash mob art amid social upheaval and political turmoil – “Stop and Dance” is an ambitions intercultural dance project, which aims to promote mobile street art in Egypt. Amira El Ahl reports from Cairo Eight women stand on an escalator leading to the platform of the St. Theresia metro station in the district of…

A Code of Conduct: A Treatise on the Etiquette of the Fatimid Ismaili Mission – Institute of Ismaili Studies news

I. B. Tauris Publishers in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2011. ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-78076-126-8   Synopsis Contents Bibliography Synopsis Publication page on Google Books The Risala al-mujaza al-kafiya fi adab al-du‘at (A Brief and Concise Treatise on the Code of Conduct for the Da‘is) constitutes the only extant work in Ismaili literature that…

Cairo’s Al-Azhar Park – By Idris Tawfiq at The Egyptian Gazette

It is really difficult to say whether it’s better to visit during the day or in the evening. Both have their attractions. In the day, the panoramic views of the surrounding area are truly splendid. Al-Azhar Park In fact, the view of the Citadel from the promenade is perhaps one of the finest views anywhere…

Spring Festival returns with a promising future

The Daily News Egypt via Spring Festival returns with a promising future. Related post: Aga Khan Music Initiative Brings Together Musicians from Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa at the 2012 Spring Festival – AKDN Press Release   ->>>>><<<<<-

Aga Khan Music Initiative Brings Together Musicians from Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa at the 2012 Spring Festival – AKDN Press Release

  Programme inspired by Grammy-nominated “Invisible Face of the Beloved” to be performed in Cairo, Alexandria and Beirut  Please also see the Aga Khan Music Initiative home page Geneva, 20 April 2012 – The Aga Khan Music Initiative is presenting “Invisible Face of the Beloved: Contemporary Music from Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa” at…

German language article ‘Ein Paradies – auch für die Armen’ at NZZ online on Cairo’s Al-Azhar-Park

  Der Al-Azhar-Park ist Herz und grüne Lunge für Kairos Altstadt ***** Die zentrale Allee des Al-Azhar-Parks und die Zitadelle mit der Mohammed-Ali-Moschee. (Bild: Keystone / EPA) Der Al-Azhar-Park gilt nicht nur als grösste geschlossene innerstädtische Grünfläche im Nahen Osten. Durch seinen Bau und die Unterhaltsarbeitengelang auf vorbildliche Weise dieWiederbelebung eines darniederliegenden Wohnquartiers am Rand von…