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Aga Khan puts the fate of France’s Château de Chantilly in doubt 2020-01-17

1997 wedding of Princess Zahra was held at the Chateau de Chantilly which was restored to its former glory by the Aga Khan
The Sunday Times, UK

One of France’s most renowned châteaux is facing an uncertain future after the Aga Khan announced the dissolution of the organisation he created to save it from ruin.

The spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Shia Muslims said he would wind up the foundation which has restored the Château de Chantilly, about 30 miles northeast of Paris, five years earlier than scheduled.

Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf Tournament begins 2020-01-17

Aga Khan Gold Cup Tournament participants

The prestigious Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf Tournament began amidst fanfare at the lush green and picturesque Kurmitola Golf Course here on Friday.

Admiral AMMM Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy, was the chief guest at the opening function in the morning, said a press release.

Mozambique: Palaeontologists discover dinosaurs for the first time -Project funded by AKF 2020-01-17


Mozambican palaeontologists have discovered and studied dinosaurs for the first time in their country, as part of a cooperation project with the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, involving Portuguese researchers, they said on Thursday.

“For the first time, Mozambican master students conducted research, which resulted in the publication of their first scientific article,” the Portuguese palaeontologist Ricardo Araújo, of the University of Lisbon’s Higher Technical Institute, told Lusa.

Horse racing figures Ruby Walsh and Aga Khan highlight threat from proposed Kildare quarry 2020-01-09

Aga  Khan Stand inaugurated at Curragh, Ireland in 2019
The Irish Times

The future of several major stud farms in Co Kildare is under threat from the proposed development of a quarry near Kilcullen, according to leading figures in the horse racing industry.

Former jockey Ruby Walsh and racehorse owner the Aga Khan are among more than 200 locals who have become involved in a row over plans by Kilsaran International to develop a new quarry near their stables.

Pakistan govt. all set to launch Rs500 billion nutrition plan with AKU & AKFC 2020-01-09


Pakistan is set to launch Rs500 billion program to tackle the consequences of the country’s high burden of stunting and childhood nutrition.

“We develop the largest public sector project in Pakistan’s history focused on human nutrition,” Special Advisor to the PM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza said.

Dr. Zafar Mirza addressed an event in Islamabad regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) initiative.

The event, ‘The Health and Health Related SDGs: Current Status and Opportunities in Pakistan’, jointly organized by the Ministry of National Health Services.

The Shi'i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity

Except for a handful of recent sources, there has been a lack of ample introductory level texts suitable for teaching Shi'ism to undergraduate students. Andrew Newman’s Twelver Shiism: Unity and Diversity in the Life of Islam, 632 to 1722 (Edinburgh U.P., 2013), Farhad Daftary’s A History of Shi6i Islam (I.B.Tauris, 2013) and Najam Haider’s Shi6i Islam: An Introduction (Cambridge U.P., 2014) have begun to fill in this gap. Daftary, and Amyn Sajoo and Shainool Jiwa,have added to this brief list the essays collected in The Shi6' World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity.

The Shi'i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity

Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2017
Date Published  2017
Authors  Daftary, Farhad; Sajoo, Amyn B; Jiwa, Shainool
Original Publication  Journal of Islamic Studies (2017) pp. 1 of 5
ISBN/ISSN Number  978–1784534776
Key Words  Twelver Shiism; Shi’i Islam; art; literature; gender; cinema; and music within contemporary global Shi’ism

The Aga Khan Case: Religion and Identity in Colonial India Cambridge

The Aga Khan Case straddles several disciplinary boundaries, including history, textual analysis, religious studies, and anthropology. Her ambition is to examine change in religious tradition through legal and historical textual analysis. She traces the transformation of the Khoja Satpanth (true path) from an Indic “dissonant” Islam at the beginning of the nineteenth century to a modern, reformist, and sectarian (or what she calls “identitarian”) Islam in the middle years of the twentieth century.

The Aga Khan Case: Religion and Identity in Colonial India

Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2012
Date Published  2012
Authors  Purohit, Teena
Original Publication  Asian Ethnology 73/1–2 • 2014

The Aga Khan Case: Religion and Identity in Colonial India Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012. 183 pages.
Hardcover, $45.00/£33.95/€40.50. isbn 978-0-674-06639-7.

Key Words  Aga Khan Case; Religion and Identity; Colonial India

IIS alumni, 2013 (various topics)

The Shah Faisal Mosque was completed in 1986 at a cost of approximately US $120 million. It was built
through the support of King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, and is named in his honour. It is one of
the largest mosques in South Asia, and has been host to dignitaries from around the world; many local people
from Islamabad also identify closely with the mosque and can be seen in the prayer hall and courtyards.

IIS alumni, 2013 (various topics)

Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2013
Date Published  2013
Authors  Saleh, Ambreen
Original Publication  Alumni Association of the Institute of Ismaili Studies
Alternate Title  Reflections on Shah Faisal Mosque: A Tribute to God at the Foothills of the Himalayas
Issue  2013
Publisher  Alumni Association of the Institute of Ismaili Studies

Brief Review: A Fatimid Code of Conduct for the Imam’s Administrators, Karim H. Karim, Mc Gill Class of 1984
Cultural Connections, Dr Karim Gillani, GPISH Class of 2003Administrators
Reflections on the Al Sabah Collection, Museum of Fine Arts,Houston, Arif Sunesara, STEP Class of 2012
Reflections on Hagia Sophia,Istanbul, Shahnoz Valijonbekova and Sabira Virani - STEP Class of 2010

Key Words  Fatimid Code of Conduct; Cultural Connections; Al Sabah Collection; Museum of Fine Arts; Hagia Sophia

The Dhimmis and their Role in the Administration of the Fatimid State

One of the most recurring questions today is the Islamic state's relationship with the dhimmis (Jews and
Christians living under early Muslim rule) and their status in the early days of Islam and up to the late days of the
Islamic Caliphate. This relationship may have been varying, swinging up and down. Perhaps the more legitimate
questions are: What were the factors that affected the nature of the Dhimmis relationship with the ruling power in
the Islamic state? What was the status of the Dhimmis and what roles did they play in the early Islamic states,

The Dhimmis and their Role in the Administration of the Fatimid State

Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2016
Date Published  2016
Authors  Kharanbeh, Dr. Saleh; Hamad, Dr. Muhammad
Original Publication  International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Vol. 6, No. 2; February 2016
Key Words  The Dhimmis; Fatimid State; Islamic history; Islamic civilization


After a brief introduction to the Khūdāwādī, the presentation will deal with a salient question: why did the Khūdāwādī fail to be constructed as a community script as the Khojkī was with the Khojas and the Gurmukhī with the Sikhs ?


Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2016
Date Published  2016
Authors  Shackle,, Christopher
Alternate Title  Personal Reflections and Observations on the Indus Valley Scripts

An Anthropological Perspective on the Khūdāwādī script
The unexplained sectarian nature of the revolts of the Tughluq Era in Medieval Sindh
Manuscripts in Khojki Sindhi Script: A State of the Art
Preliminary observations on the British Library's Khojki manuscript from Zanzibar

Key Words  Indus Valley Scripts; Khudawadi script; Tughluq Era in Medieval Sindh; Khojki Sindhi Script; Khojki manuscript from Zanzibar

Sectarian References of Political Position of Nizārī Ismāʿīlīs in 11th and 12th centuries

Reinterpretation of Quran and hadith, both of which had been mainly seen two basic sources of Islam, was a critical issue of the late 8th century when the last tabiins were died. Esbab-ı nüzul which only could place each verse of Quran in the context of early 6th century of Mecca and Medina gave way to diversified interpretations of Quran in new conquered lands, especially in Zoroastrian culture of Iran and in Hellenistic culture of Near East.

Islamic History B: From the Crusades to the 'Gunpowder Empires'

The Muslims were religiously and politically fragmented during the mid-tenth and eleventh centuries. However, these conditions witnessed profound changes when the Seljuks came onto the scene. The emergence of the Seljuks as the new ruling elite was often called the period of Sunni revival. Sunni Islam became a leading player again after it overthrew the Buyyid Shi’i dynasty in Baghdad and parts of Iran. Moreover, they sponsored Sunni religious institutions and religious scholars until it reached extraordinary heights.

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