Sep 24, 2008

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From the official website of the Ismaili Muslim community.

North America

A webcast for change in the developing world

The first live webcast in the AKDN speaker series highlighted Mawlana Hazar Imam

The AKDN Speakers Series hosted a live webcast for volunteers wishing to offer a nazrana of time and knowledge. Moderated by Ali Velshi, it featured keynote speaker, Dr Tom Kessinger, General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network.

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World Cup boccia champion determined to represent his country at the Paralympics

Ali Lalani, international boccia player. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UK

Hopeful of being able to compete in London in 2012 after he narrowly missed out on a place at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, Boccia World Cup gold medallist Ali Lalani discussed his sport, his inspirations, and his future aspirations with Zahid Lalani.

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Revival of traditional dress in Badakhshan mirrors shifting landscape of cultural influence

Once relegated to folklore and theatre, traditional Pamiri clothing styles are making a comback. Photo: Courtesy of Rukhshona Nazhmidinova

The evolution in choice of dress among the Ismailis of Gorno-Badakhshan in Tajikistan is reflective of wider changes and influences that have affected that society over the past decades. The recent re-emergence of Pamiri dress speaks to a rediscovery of local heritage.

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International Programmes

Heritage Discovery Programme: An exploration of Ismaili heritage

In the spirit of cultural exchange, HDP delegates dance with members of the Jamat in Tajikistan. Photo: Moez Visram

Earlier this year, 114 delegates from 20 countries participated in the Heritage Discovery Programme. This Golden Jubilee International Programme focused on the exploration of Ismaili heritage through travel in the Middle East, Central and South Asia and East Africa.

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Illustrated publication on Ismaili history launched in Kenya by The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Dr Farhad Daftary addresses the audience at the launch of the book “The Ismailis: An Illustrated History” which he co-authored with Dr Zulfikar Hirji. Photo: Zahir Daya

Kenya hosted the first major launch of an Institute of Ismaili Studies publication outside North America and Europe. The authors and staff of The Institute recounted the journey of the making of the book, and its importance at this juncture in Ismaili history.

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Golden Jubilee

Syria visit

President Nasser al-Maghout of the Ismaili Council for Syria bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam at the conclusion of his Golden Jubilee visit to Syria. Photo: Gary Otte

Friday, 29 August
The Syrian Prime Minister accompanied Mawlana Hazar Imam to the Aleppo airport to see him off, and leaders of the Jamat and the AKDN in Syria gathered to wish Hazar Imam farewell as his Golden Jubilee visit to Syria drew to a close.

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Middle East

Syrian Jamat prepares to welcome Mawlana Hazar Imam on his Golden Jubilee visit

Ass’en Street in Salamieh decorated in green, red and golden colours to welcome Mawlana Hazar Imam. Photo: Yamen Mahmoud Farha

It has been nearly seven years since Mawlana Hazar Imam last visited the Syrian Jamat, and the enthusiasm and excitement are building. Over 100 000 people are expected to attend Darbars in Salamieh and Al-Khawabi, including Jamati members from around the world.

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