Syria’s tragic milestone: 4 million refugees — Rescue org

This Syrian boy lives in a makeshift refugee camp in northern Jordan. More than 4 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries which are now struggling to cope with the influx. Photo: Meredith Hutchison/IRC The world is witnessing its most catastrophic refugee crisis in almost 25 years. The number of Syrians who have fled to…

“Badakhshan” in Turkey — Eurasia Net news on 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the 6-member Badakhshan Ensemble (Tajikistan)

The 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the 6-member Badakhshan Ensemble (Tajikistan) in a concert of spiritual and traditional music of Badakhshan on the evening of 24 September. The Ensemble’s participation in the Festival comes as part of a long-term relationship between the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Festival. The Music Initiative was…

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…

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…

“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…

Khadija Dohry: Bridging Diversity – The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa

“I am greatly interested in development, and my dream is to root poverty out of African societies by promoting good quality education for the less fortunate so that they can change the face of our society. Having done the IB programme, and with the skills it has equipped me with, I feel that I am…

Turkey: Women Want Equality in the Mosque – Deutsche Welle Video News

Up to now in Turkey, women entering mosques had to use side entrances and sit in dimly lit corners in galleries. The institution in Ankara known as the Presidency of Religious Affairs now wants to end this discrimination.Turkey’s Diyanet, or Presidency of Religious Affairs, wants to encourage women to visit mosques and allow them to…

Paris to host 1st International Nowruz Festival – Press TV News story

   The 1st International Nowruz Festival is slated to be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to celebrate the upcoming Persian New Year. Organized by ECO Cultural Institute (ECI), the event will showcase various artworks about the Persian New Year (Nowruz), and its traditional celebrations and rituals created by artists from across the world.Some…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Alumni Explore the Theme of Shari‘a in Contemporary Times – IIS News on the Academic Seminar in Istanbul

  March 2012 Thirty IIS alumni from across Asia, Europe and North America came together in Istanbul, Turkey, in November 2011 to discuss the theme Contested Landscape: Shari‘a Today. The Academic Seminar provided an opportunity for the alumni to engage with scholars specialising in the field and discuss shari‘a and its relevance to ethical, intellectual…

Kronos Quartet and Alim Qasimov – By Samantha Buker at The Washington Post

  More than 20 years ago, Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington heard Azerbaijan’s great singer Alim Qasimov perform mugham — Azeri poetry as song — for the first time. Meanwhile, Qasimov had a dream. He’d seen Turkish and Iranian groups play with cellos and violins. “I can only imagine,” he told the Aga Khan Trust, “what…