Nowruz Messages from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and Prime Minister Harper in a conversation as they proceed to the signing ceremony of the protocol of understanding between the Ismaili Imamat and Canada in February 2014 when the 49th Ismaili Imam addressed the Canadian Parliament. They are flanked on either side by the flags of…

Who are the Iraqi Kurds? —Research by PEW Research org plus video on the pluralistic and diverse Kurds throughout the History and other related information

In the continuing conflict in Iraq, Kurds frequently are mentioned alongside Iraq’s Sunni and Shia Muslim populations as one of the key groups involved in power struggles for which sharp religious divides have played a major part. But while the Kurds are a crucial part of Iraq’s political makeup, they are an ethnic group, not…

Sunniten gegen Schiiten Der 35-jährige Krieg — Cicero de (In German)

Von Stefan Buchen Was der 30-jährige Krieg für das Christentum war, ist der Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten für den Islam. Es ist dieser brutale Religionskonflikt, der auch den Vormarsch der Terrorgruppe Isis im Irak erklärt. Eine Analyse ***** Der bärtige Mann mit Turban personifiziert für die westliche Welt scheinbar das “Gespenst des Terrors” –…

Texas USA: Concert evokes central Asian folk music — Your Houston News com

Concert evokes central Asian folk music Musicians Saeid Shanbehzadeh, Basel Rajoub, and Naghib Shanbehzadeh perform Saturday through the Aga Khan Music Initiative. In association with Asia Society New York and the Aga Khan Council, Asia Society Texas Center’s Crossroads Asia series continues with Sound: the Encounter, an evening of Iranian and Syrian music ingrained in…

“Social work at Coffee houses Mideast” — Article by Caroline Stoneon on Saudi Aramco World about drinking coffee in middle east during 16th-century

Coffee, native to Ethiopia, was probably drunk there long before there were written records of it, both as a tea-like drink, al-qahwa al-qishriya, made from the husks of the coffee bean, and as brewed coffee made from the beans themselves, called al-qahwa al-bunniya. The beans were also often simply chewed. But the 16th-century jurist al-Jaziri…

Archive article: ‘Israel and Iran have much in common’: Common Ground News article by Anthony Zeitouni which says there are 80 synagogues and over 25,000 Jews lives in Iran and also many Hebrew schools

24 September 2013 Washington, DC – On its 60th anniversary, Israel is still concerned about survival. Even with nuclear weapons and the strongest military in the Middle East, the Jewish state remains anxious. Iranian leaders are similarly concerned about the future of their administration, even as the country approaches the 30th anniversary of its Islamic…

Architects Embrace Iranian History at the Tabriz Bazaar — Green Prophet com

Head to the heart of any Middle Eastern city and find a vibrant commercial hub, usually in the shadow of a major mosque – the bazaar. An Iranian bazaar with incredible history (Marco Polo shopped there!) may now win the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. (…) Read full article on Green Prophet com ->>>>><<<<<-

Dr. Miklos Sarkozy joins the IIS as a research fellow, will focus on the history of the regional policy of the Nizari Ismaili State with its neighbouring kingdoms of Northern Iran

Dr. Miklos Sarkozy joins the IIS as a research fellow — The Institute of Ismaili Studies UK May 2013 Dr Miklos Sarkozy, an associate professor of the Karoli Gaspar University of the Hungarian Reformed Church has joined the IIS as a research fellow until December. His research at the Institute will focus on the history…