Mosque Shades Of The Old Punjab: Across rural Punjab, Sikhs and Hindus are helping restore mosques destroyed during Partition –Article at Outlook India com

Brothers In Arms   Around 200 mosques across Punjab have been repaired, rebuilt or built from scratch with the help of Sikhs and Hindus in the last 10 years Many destroyed during Partition riots are now being restored by village communities In some cases, the Jamaat-e-Islami is involved, but most are unorganised village-level efforts It’s…

In the Making: The Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park

A Photo Essay   May 28, 2010: The Aga Khan and Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, view the model of the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park at the unveiling of the foundation plaque. Photo Credit: The Prime Minister’s Web site, pm.gc.ca Introduced by Abdulmalik Merchantpluur Editor and Publisher, Simerg.com Jim Bowie…

Watch the Video debate:Can the Profit Motive Improve Microfinance?

SKS Microfinance founder Vikram Akula debates the Grameen Foundation’s Alex Counts Source:  Asia Society ***** In New York on Oct. 25, Alex Counts and Vikram Akula each address what role the need to make a profit plays in stimulating innovation. Watch the complete program NEW YORK, October 25, 2010 – The recent initial public offering…

One on One: Peter Mansbridge with His Highness the Aga Khan – Simerg

A portrait of Peter Mansbridge of CBC Canada. Photo Credit: Photo by Dustin Rabin.com, Toronto – July 25, 2007. Copyright: Dustin Rabin. Editor’s Note: The following interview has been excerpted from Peter Mansbridge One on One by Peter Mansbridge. Copyright © 2009 Peter Mansbridge. Interview Material © Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Reprinted by Simerg with permission…

Tajikistan: A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Source: TOL.Org ***** In Tajikistan, the Aga Khan’s philanthropy and investment has raised hospitals, hotels, colleges, crops – and in some quarters, suspicion. Fifth in a series. by Sarvinoz Akram 22 September 2010 This is the fifth story in a series of articles on philanthropy in TOL’s coverage area. DUSHANBE | On a sunny day…

Inter-Faith Studies in Indonesia: ‘Patient Bridge-Builders’

Source: Qantara.de ***** The Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies brings together students from a Muslim, Christian and secular university and promotes dialogue with members of other faiths and non-believers. Anett Keller reports from Yogyakarta Headscarves alongside loose flowing hair, batik shirts alongside polo shirts: The students at the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies come from…

Ismailis today – New Statemant Article

Posted by Fayaz Alibhai – 14 December 2007 15:13 The Ismaili community continues to espouse the view of Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith, one that teaches compassion, tolerance and upholds the dignity of man. Education, in its broadest sense, is an integral part of the ethics of the Ismaili interpretation of Islam. In The…

Narrowing the gap of knowledge between the West and Islam – The Ismaili

“A Companion to the Muslim World” by Dr Amyn B. Sajoo. Photo: Courtesy of The Institute of Ismaili Studies Despite the fact that Muslims comprise about 20 per cent of the world’s population, significant misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Muslim world continue to persist. The pluralism of Muslim societies and the diversity of interpretations of…

Videos and news on Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion

About the Project The Charter for Compassion is the result of Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish and made possible by the generous support of the Fetzer Institute. It was unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009. Why a Charter for Compassion? The Charter of Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate…

Prince Karim Aga Khan: A True Leader of Islam – Back Talks Blog

1th July 2007 marks a landmark in the history of the Ismaili Muslim community, as this day marks the completion of the 50th year of Imamate of the leader of the Ismaili Muslim community, Prince Karim Aga Khan 1V. He is the current (49th) Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. His contribution in the…

Mahatma Gandhi Rejected Zionism, by Professor A.K. Ramakrishnan

Gandhi’s major statement on the Palestine and the Jewish question came forth in his widely circulated editorial in the Harijan of 11 November 1938, a time when intense struggle between the Palestinian Arabs and the immigrant Jews had been on the anvil in Palestine. His views came in the context of severe pressure on him,…

The Aga Khan Academies are an initiative of the network’s Aga Khan Education Services, and under the plan, 18 schools are planned in 14 countries at a cost of about $50 million per school. The first school opened in Mombasa, Kenya in 2003

Introduction to the Aga Khan Academies: The conviction that home-grown intellectual leadership of exceptional calibre is the best driver of society’s future development, and that many developing-country education systems are too engulfed by poverty and numbers to develop their talented young people, led His Highness the Aga Khan to found a network of catalytic centres…

Respect difference, says Koehler, at Islamic art premiere in Berlin

Berlin – German President Horst Koehler called Tuesday for people to respect one another’s differences, at the Berlin opening of the Aga Khan exhibition, which includes some of the world’s most important Islamic art. ‘To admire the art of another, it is first necessary to respect what the other person thinks and feels,’ Koehler said,…