His Highness Aga Khan on clash of Ignorances — Quote of the day

“As I observe the world, I am struck by the insufficiency of well-informed debate, of richer dialogue, of deeper education in our quest to avoid human conflict. That insufficiency often plagues relations between the North and the South—and increasingly between the North and the Islamic world. Some have called this a clash of civilizations—I think…

Jonathan Lyons, and Bernard Lewis in a Rare Webcast Appearance with the late Mohammed Arkoun,Speak on Islam and the West – Simerg com

by Posted by Malik Merchant, Editor To watch videos click here Simerg com and watch at source ***** “ISLAM THROUGH WESTERN EYES” BY JONATHAN LYONS Jonathan Lyons, who spent twenty years as a foreign correspondent and editor for Reuters, much of it in the Islamic world, addresses the issues of Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam…

Promoting Sustainable Cultural Tourism – AKDN Press Centre

A dilapidated and underused administrative building was converted into the Zanzibar Serena Inn, seen at bottom left, as part of a broad programme of social, cultural and economic development activities on the island. AKDN promotes the development and growth of tourism and a range of ancillary services and craft industries in ways that contribute to…

The Golden Age of Learning in the Arab-speaking World: ”The House of Wisdom” by Jim Al-Khalili – Qantara de Article

Arabic-speaking researchers have made major contributions to science. In his book The House of Wisdom, physicist Jim Al-Khalili examines the extent of their influence on the Western World. Anne Allmeling sends us this review Nowadays, when we talk about Arab countries, the conversation generally centres on issues like oil, terrorism, revolution, democracy, or human rights….

“A Strong Instrument Against Prejudice”, German-Islamic CrossCulture Internships Programme awards scholarships to young professionals from Central Asia and Muslim countries

 “A Strong Instrument Against Prejudice” For the first time in 2011, the German-Islamic CrossCulture Internships Programme awards scholarships to young professionals from Central Asia Stuttgart, 30 June 2011 – The ifa CrossCulture exchange programme has been launched, with 30 participants in 2011. The participants, young professionals from Islamic countries, include for the first time people…

Preservation of Threatened Islamic Architecture on the Island of Mozambique – A paper by Jigar Bhatt

From the on-line publication by the  Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (AKPIA@MIT) *****     Jigar Bhatt has a background in political economy and urban development. He received is Bachelors in Economics from Northeastern University and Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional work…

Grand opening for 1001 Inventions in Istanbul

Source:1001inventions.com ***** The exhibition finished its record breaking residency at the Science Museum in London where it received more than 400,000 visitors, including the Turkish Prime Minister on his state visit to the United Kingdom in March 2010 who invited 1001 Inventions to Turkey. Istanbul becomes the first venue of the exhibition’s five-year international tour….

Obama’s Special Envoy for the Islamic World: ‘Portrait of Rashad Hussain’

US President Barack Obama has appointed Rashad Hussain, a White House deputy associate counsel, to be his special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). The 31-year-old intellectual personifies the new beginning that Obama is hoping to establish with the Muslim world. Janek Schmidt presents Rashad Hussain Respected intellectual and hafiz: Rashad Hussain, Barack…

Outstanding Patrons, Beautiful Objects: Metaphors for Humanism and Enlightenment

Presented by Alnoor Merchant Head Librarian and Keeper of the Special Collections at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London Throughout history, a most significant impetus for the development of artistic culture has been patronage. Patronage of art and architecture has been an integral element in Muslim civilizations also. In his presentation, Alnoor Merchant will discuss…

Historic Photographs of the Orient 1864-1970 With Camel and Camera

For decades, a unique collection of historic photographs of the Orient lay forgotten at the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology. Now, the stock of 18,000 pictures has been catalogued and made accessible to the public in the form of an exhibition. Nimet Seker reports Unique and rare glimpse into the world of Kazakh nomads around 1900:…