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AKUH experts to help upgrade KMC hospitals

A joint board comprising representatives of the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) will conduct a study of all major hospitals under the KMC to prepare a feasibility plan for upgrades at all the medical facilities.

An agreement to this effect was reached on Tuesday as Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar paid a visit to the AKUH where he met with the health facility’s managing board. It was decided that once the plan was complete, the World Bank and other financial institutions would then be approached for assistance in its implementation.

In the meeting, according to the mayor, the AKUH team was briefed on the 13 major hospitals under the KMC, which include the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases and the Sobhraj Maternity Hospital.

He said the expertise and experience of the AKUH team would prove invaluable for effective upgrades at the KMC hospitals, particularly in the fields of nursing, infection control, human resources and emergency clinical facilities.

For the meeting, the mayor was accompanied by senior KMC officers while the AKUH representatives were Feroz Rasul, president and interim provost of AKUH; Johannes Theodorus Kedzierski, chief executive officer of AKUH; Shagufta S Hassan, chief operating officer for Clinical Laboratories and Outreach Services; and Karim Kassim Ali, the director finance for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/188014-AKUH-experts-to-help-upgrade-KMC-hospitals
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Regional maternal and child health conference opens in Kampala

By Violet Nabatanzi

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Over 100 participants are expected to attend a symposium on maternal and child health,a two day event organised by the Aga Khan University's Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Makerere University and UNICEF.The symposium that opens tomorrow and closes on Saturday, seeks to find viable solutions to health challenges related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in East Africa.Some of the issues to be discussed include the relevance of SDG goals to East Africa, child health and development, maternal and perinatal health priorities. -

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Bilal Muneer explains the concept of "Mending Kids' Hearts" at AKU's Golf Tournament in Karachi
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Aga Khan university gathers health experts to discuss improving lives of mothers and children

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Health experts from across the world are meeting Kampala to determine how to improve the lives of mothers and children in East Africa. The two-day symposium was organized by Aga Khan University’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, and School of Nursing and Midwifery. One of the experts, Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta told NTV about the resolutions they made.

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The BMJ launches special collection on Health in South Asia

Fertility rates in South Asia are the highest in Afghanistan followed by Pakistan. Since the last 14 years, Pakistan’s fertility rate has not decreased even by 1%. It was 4.1% in 2004 and 3.6% in 2014, says the BMJ coveted collection Health in South Asia.

The compilation, containing 12 articles, was launched at a ceremony in New Delhi. Over 60 researchers, from South Asia and outside, including experts from the Aga Khan University, have contributed to the collection, stressing what should be the regional health priorities and recommending actions to improve public health.

Professor Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Founding Director of AKU’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health and Co-Director of SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, Toronto and Dr Samiran Nundy, Dean of the Ganga Ram Institute for Postgraduate Medicine and Research (GRIPMER), India have steered this initiative.

“In order to deal with the issue of high fertility rates, the priority should be to educate people and empower each country’s women. Take the example of Bangladesh that took initiatives and invested in education and female empowerment. Today Bangladesh is far ahead of Pakistan in many maternal and child health indicators,” said Professor Bhutta. He added that empowered women are more inclined to seek healthcare when in need, have improved health, education and long term outcomes.

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https://globalhealthi.com/2017/04/27/aga-khan-kenya-profile/

A Kenya Hospital Merges Quality and Efficiency with Mission

Real-time operational metrics and staff development have helped make Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi a role model in Africa.

Africa, Facilities, Features, Healthcare delivery, IT & Digital Health, Leadership, Quality & Safety April 27, 2017

What does it take to become an effective healthcare facility in Africa, where much of the continent is marked by extraordinary needs and limited resources? In a series of profiles, GHCi’s Alex Freedman looks at operations and management strategies at three standout Africa hospitals, in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana. This profile is the first in the series.



“We’re an American hospital in the heart of Africa,” says Shawn Bolouki, the CEO of Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. By “American hospital,” Bolouki means that the facility’s staff-to-patient ratio, its building codes, its safety measures — even its architects — are held to the standards of fully developed nations.

The results have helped make Aga Khan one of the most notable hospitals in all of Africa. In 2013 the hospital became one of only two sub-Saharan Africa operations, and the only one in East Africa, to achieve the much-sought-after and highly demanding accreditation from the Joint Commission International for quality and safety in patient care. (The other sub-Saharan JCI accreditation went to the Lagoon Hospitals Group, in Nigeria.) Bolouki says the hospital is currently applying for accreditation for its pathology and laboratory services from the U.S.-based College of American Pathologists, a respected evaluator of medical laboratory quality assurance.

The hospital’s achievements are helping to raise standards elsewhere in the continent. “We get a lot of requests from other hospitals in Africa to use our hospitals as a benchmark, especially when it comes to quality,” says Bolouki. The opportunity for Aga Khan to be a role model comes as the landscape for African healthcare services is changing dramatically. In Kenya, like many parts of Africa, the rates of noncommunicable diseases in urban middle-class populations are set to outpace infectious diseases and make up the lion’s share of the country’s disease burden by 2027. And according to projections by the Population Reference Bureau, the population in Africa is on pace to double from 1.1 billion in 2013 to 2.4 billion by 2050.

Various players in Africa's healthcare have been stepping up to help the continent to cope via collaboration. “The high growth rate can be a crisis or an opportunity,” says Dr. Amit Thakker, chairman of Africa Health Business, an organization working to establish a development platform for African private healthcare providers. Hospitals across the continent, he says, are looking to new pan-African collaborations for building robust healthcare systems. “You don’t always need to look at Europe, Asia or the U.S. to learn best practices in the health sector,” says Thakker. “Collaboration between African countries provides on-the-ground partnerships, giving Africa a stronger healthcare ecosystem.” Against that background, the presence of a higher-quality provider like Aga Khan takes on added significance.

The amount of care Aga Khan provides is substantial: In 2016, it had 17,000 hospital admissions, nearly 12,000 surgeries, 4,500 deliveries, 3 million lab tests, 1.8 million prescriptions, 120,000 radiation sessions, and over 600,000 visits to its 42 outpatient clinics across Kenya. The hospital provides post-graduate medical training to 100 residents and interns. It boasts state-of-the-art cardiology care as the first facility in East Africa to perform heart-valve replacement surgery via trans-catheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in 2015 — a minimally invasive interventional technique approved for use in the U.S. only in 2013. It is the only hospital in the region providing minimally invasive neurointerventional surgery, and it’s the first hospital to use a Trima Accel machine, an automated blood-collection device that extracts the platelets needed in the treatment of leukemia and cancer.

A key element of Aga Khan’s success is that it has achieved high quality while remaining accessible to much of the population and maintaining financial stability. Much of that rounded success is due to the executive acumen of Iranian-born Bolouki, who honed his management techniques in the U.S. He managed acute care and medical facilities throughout California for 26 years, including Tulare Regional Medical Center, CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Healthcare Network. He was CEO of Tulare Regional Medical Center when he left it in 2014 to head up Aga Khan.

When Bolouki arrived in Kenya he took a good, hard look at where Aga Khan might need improvement. “I spent the first month just talking to people,” he says. Based on conversations with everyone, from department chairs and directors to faculty and employees, Bolouki decided to establish a new focus on analytics. He drafted a zero-based budget in which every expense had to be justified by its results. Rooting out opportunities to trim operating costs led to savings of US$8 million in his first six months, he says.

One major element of the transformation: Bolouki had the hospital’s IT team build a management dashboard that displays real-time data on patient numbers, revenue, and costs — and puts the numbers alongside those of other major hospitals across sub-Saharan Africa for comparison. Along with ongoing monthly financial projections from the hospital’s CFO, the dashboard helps his management team make fast, informed decisions to keep the operation in good ongoing fiscal health.

The metrics are openly shared across the organization, in keeping with what Bolouki says is his belief in the importance of managerial autonomy tied to common, interdependent goals. “My understanding with my colleagues is simple,” he says. “You are CEO of your department.” Managers keep track of departmental performance on monthly scorecards, and an all-or-nothing performance bonus goes out only if all managers hit their targets. “That leaves us all interdependent,” says Bolouki. “If one manager doesn’t control costs, then 35 people will get nothing.”

Aga Khan is part of an international family of hospitals and clinics that includes hospitals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Karachi, Pakistan; and Mumbai, India. This hospital network, called Aga Khan Health Services, is part of the larger Aga Khan Development Network, a non-profit whose programs promote health, education, rural development and advancement of the arts in the poorest parts of Asia and Africa. It was founded by Aga Khan IV, the Swiss-born, Nairobi-raised, Harvard-educated imam to Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, who Vanity Fair estimated in 2013 to be worth US$13.3 billion.

A not-for-profit private institution, Aga Khan accepts both public and private insurance, and also offers discounts to economically disadvantaged individuals paying out of pocket. Last year, 3,700 patients received free or reduced-cost treatment for cancer and heart disease through the hospital’s patient-welfare program. The hospital dispatches mobile clinics to rural areas and provides free preventative care, screening services, and basic healthcare access to 70,000 patients. Its public-good mission reaches across borders, too: When the only radiation therapy machine in neighboring Uganda broke down in 2016, Aga Khan offered free treatment to 400 Ugandian cancer patients.

Geography poses particular challenges. In the U.S., a technical problem with a state-of-the-art linear accelerator for radiation cancer treatment could be fixed in 30 minutes, notes Bolouki. But Kenya lacks trained technicians. “I have to train mechanical and electrical engineers to maintain this equipment,” he says. In fact, Aga Khan develops most of its staff in-house, relying on the local population as much as possible. “Nearly everyone I’ve promoted has been Kenyan,” says Bolouki. “Bringing in expatriates all the time is not the answer.”

While most of Kenya’s healthcare facilities are public facilities, especially in rural areas, the government provides only a third of the country’s total health expenditures. Private hospitals like Aga Khan have become an important part of the Kenyan infrastructure, and account for about another 40 percent of the country’s health expenditures. In general, health institutions in Kenya, which include not-for-profit institutions that offer community-based healthcare services, depend on a wide array of income streams, including the country’s National Health Insurance Fund, private health insurance and out-of-pocket spending.

But Bolouki says that streamlining the hospital’s delivery of services has allowed it to set prices competitively with public facilities. And that, in turn, has increased the volume of services delivered to patients, and driven occupancy rates up from about 65 percent to about 90 percent. “We gained market share, dropped our fixed cost per unit of service, and our margin improved,” boasts Bolouki.

It’s not hard to see why other hospitals are interested in learning from Aga Khan.

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Aga Khan hospital unveils new clinic on Thika Road

Sunday, April 16, 2017 15:15


The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has opened its first outreach clinic on Thika Road in Nairobi as it seeks to grow its business following increased demand along the superhighway.

The hospital, which has about 49 outpatient clinics in Kenya and a few others in Tanzania and Uganda, opened its latest facility at a new building next to Mountain Mall, Ruaraka.

Aga Khan’s venture to Thika Road sees it join hospitals such as Mater Hospital, Avenue Healthcare and Gertrudes Children Hospital which have operations either in the popular Thika Road Mall or Garden City.

Private hospitals in the country have in recent years stepped up the opening of satellite clinics, radically changing the face of healthcare services by taking facilities closer to patients.

Nairobi Hospital, for instance, is set to spend up to Sh600 million in opening up to six new satellite outpatient clinics over the next one-and-a-half years at strategic locations across the country.

The first of these clinics would be opened next month at the upcoming Kiambu Mall, targeting residents of the bustling town and neighbouring estates such as the upmarket Runda Estate.
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WEEK 8 | Universities: Learning from the past for the future

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Published on Apr 7, 2017


Presenters:
Dr. Sadia Bhutta, Aga Khan University, Institute of Education Development, Pakistan
Dr. Hubert Ertl, Oxford University
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Welfare at AKUH: Through the eyes of a patient

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Shazia is a strong advocate of the AKUH Patient Welfare Programme. Her journey began here when she was diagnosed with cancer and had little hope of treatment due to severe financial constraints. Later, she learned that she would receive the entire treatment through welfare assistance. Today, Shazia is cured and is able to live a full and healthy life.
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Storied Lives of Muslim Women in the Diaspora

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Thu 11 May 2017
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UBC Professor continues to make change in East African Classrooms

A UBC researcher has recently returned from Africa as a continuation of her eight-year project with colleagues at Aga Khan University that encourages teachers and students to think outside the box when it comes to traditional learning techniques.

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http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/corporate/companies/Aga-Khan-deal-Harvard-train-executives/4003102-4032212-yryoqiz/index.html

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Aga Khan in deal with Harvard to train executives
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 20:11


Ivy League university Harvard has partnered with Aga Khan University to offer a series of courses for senior executives.

The courses aimed at sharpening the leadership and communication skills of the managers will be offered at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC). The programme targets senior leaders in business, government, civil society and media.

“The courses are designed to offer senior leaders a unique learning experience that will change the way they think about leadership and communicate in their professional and personal lives,” said the founding dean of GSMC, Michael Meyer.

READ: Aga Khan University seeks closer govt ties on healthcare training

ALSAO READ: Aga Khan hospital unveils new clinic on Thika Road

The first week-long course begins in November, followed by a second module in February.

“We live in an era of accelerating change and unprecedented complexity. Organisational strategies today will be obsolete if not self-defeating tomorrow. Success requires agile leadership and intelligent communication,” said Mr Meyer.

“That is why we are proud to offer an extraordinary opportunity to sharpen two of the most vital skills demanded by these challenging times.”

To qualify for the course, one needs to be a proven, or emerging senior leader with a minimum of a ten-year experience, and “be in a position that involves leading others and making mission-critical decisions”.

The programme also accepts those who have a personal leadership challenges that they wish to address as well as those looking for the opportunity “to reflect, to connect with oneself and to re-examine their leadership in a global context”.

Upon graduation, the leaders will become part of a global network of leaders from a professionally and geographically diverse class and faculty.
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The Heart of a Midwife

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Loveluck Mwasha, an alumna of School of Nursing and Midwifery in East Africa and Pakistan, talks about her 30-year journey with AKU as a student, midwife and an instructor.

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Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean

Diversity and Pluralism, Past and Present


September 12-14, 2018
London

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

This conference aims to explore the diversity of Muslim cultures prevalent in the Indian Ocean region where, historically, Muslims have interacted for centuries with each other and with other peoples and cultures. Islam not only provided the scaffolding that facilitated cultural exchanges but was also the pivot for transforming local societies. The conference seeks to bring together experts from different disciplines and backgrounds including archaeologists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and scholars of related disciplines to explore various facets of this diversity. This conference marks a reconnaissance of the Indian Ocean not as a periphery but as a centre for the study of Muslim cultures.

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Wide-ranging survey highlights alumni impact

AKU alumni have had their say: over 3,500 spanning all the University’s academic programmes and campuses responded to a survey sent out by the Alumni Affairs​ Office.

Key findings from the survey have been captured in a report available to all alumni on the web. It represents the most comprehensive effort to date to understand our alumni’s experience at AKU, their continued involvement with the university as well as their achievements.

What we found is:

Over three-quarter, 86 per cent of those who responded, rated their programme as being very good or excellent.
The majority of alumni in the survey viewed their time at the University as being fulfilling and professionally rewarding with 85 per cent saying that their degrees were relevant to their career goals.
Alumni also reported that their qualifications enabled them to make an impact. Nearly half, 48 per cent, reported holding leadership positions such as CEO, chief of nursing, head teacher or executive director; while a third of all respondents have received awards for their contribution to their respective fields.
Over half of all alumni asserted that they honed their leadership and communication skills during their studies.
“AKU equipped me with [the] excellent knowledge, confidence and patience that enabled me to see that I can work anywhere, from rural, urban and international institutions,” a graduate of the 2014 master’s programme at the Institute of Educational Development said.

One of our nursing alumni from the class of 2010 added “I feel that being an AKU graduate is the most valuable thing that I have done (twice).”

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Enhancing dental education

A one-of-a-kind, high-fidelity dental simulation lab that promises a safer and more effective way to educate dental professionals and students was inaugurated at the Aga Khan University (AKU) on August 30, 2017.UNI EVENTS

At AKU’s newly launched facility, 17 state-of-the-art ‘phantom heads’ - patient mannequins - are available, specially designed to mimic the challenges of a real-life clinical environment. Each mannequin contains the full range of dental instruments, tools such as air and water suction, and computer-based feedback facilities needed to help students and practicing dentists improve their skills.

“You may have the knowledge, but you have to develop the hand-eye coordination, the motor skills and judgment associated with basic and advanced dentistry procedures,” says Dr. Farhan Raza Khan, Associate Professor of Operative Dentistry at AKU. “A simulation lab offers an environment where you can practice, practice, practice until you are ready to treat a patient as a person, rather than worry only about their teeth.”

Unlike on-the-job-training in a clinic, the lab also offers the opportunity to learn from experts around the world. “We offer a ‘global’ classroom, with teaching and learning sessions offered by specialist dentists from anywhere in the world in real time, supported by our advanced videoconferencing facilities. This really does makes us a one-of-a-kind lab in Pakistan,” said Dr. Mubassar Fida, Associate Professor of Orthodontics at AKU.

The university initially plans to begin using the facility to educate students pursuing a two-year Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene as well as residents undergoing specialised four-year programmes in operative dentistry and orthodontics. It will also be available to students from dental schools across the country and practicing professionals interested in continuing professional education in dentistry.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/magazine/us/230133-UNI-EVENTS

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Announcement Regarding Carl Amrhein, Former Provost

Former University of Alberta Provost and Vice President (Academic) Carl Amrhein is retiring from the University of Alberta and will be joining the Aga Khan University as Provost and Vice President (Academic).
Carl joined the U of A in 2003 as Provost and Vice President (Academic) and as a professor of geography. He came to the U of A after 17 years at the University of Toronto.

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Tribute to Nurses on International Nurses Day 2017

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Why give to the Aga Khan University Hospital's breast cancer campaign?

Dr Munira Moosajee, Associate Professor, Oncology at the Aga Khan University Hospital describes what makes the cancer care at the Hospital, the best in the country.

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Re-inventing the Role of Museums Today

Special Lecture Series


October 19, 2017
4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Karachi


Aga Khan University

Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum Henry Kim, will speak on the role of museums at the Aga Khan University’s Special Lecture Series.

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Henry Kim is Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which has been created to foster a greater understanding of the contribution Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage through the arts.

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AKU Special Lecture Series - Henry Kim

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Listen to what Henry Kim, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, says on re-inventing the role of museums today.
Event date: October 19, 2017.
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Aga Khan University education conference kicks off with calls to end 19th century curriculum

The 2nd Annual Aga Khan University Education conference is underway in Kampala to improve, innovate and change.


The Ministry of Education and sports has come up with a Teacher policy that will focus on the profession until one retires.

The Vice Provost, Prof Kweku Bentil who spoke at the 2nd Aga Khan University Education conference says the era of teaching a 19th-century curriculum to 21st Century learners is no longer acceptable.

State Minister for Higher Education JC Muyingo says the government is in preparing to create a teacher policy.

Amidst the ever Changing teacher environment dynamics, the Diplomatic Representative Amin Mwaji says the national curriculum must be aligned to present student and teacher needs. He says we need to embrace digital needs.

Experts at the conference noted how the desire among the younger generations to become teachers had declined, and that the current trend of teaching to pass exams should be replaced with a competency-based curriculum.

Rethinking Teacher Education has been the major theme at a conference here at Hotel Africana, while Uganda's education system previously addressed quantity this time they are looking forward to providing quality education across all academic institutions however challenges still lie ahead such as low morale amongst teachers and poor remuneration.

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The Awakening of Islamic Pop

by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations


Nov 02 2017

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Islamic Pop music is a growing popular cultural phenomenon. Some artists like Maher Zain and Sami Yusuf are nothing less than superstars, widely respected and popular. This lecture will address Islamic Pop through the Islamic media company Awakening and its artists. It is based on analyses of Awakening’s song catalogue and other media outlet, but also on interviews and fieldwork. Otterbeck will come straight from the field, following Maher Zain’s UK tour, finishing the 30 October.

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Jonas Otterbeck is Professor of Islamic Studies at Lund University, Sweden. His main research revolves around Muslims in Europe and Sweden in particular; the Awakening of Islamic Pop is his most recent ongoing project.

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NOV 06, 2017

Medieval Kashan: Crossroads of Commerce and Culture


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NOV 13

The Study of Islam in an Age of Trump: Notes from the Field
by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations


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The Study of Islam has always been, protestations to the contrary, a politically fraught field. If Orientalism defined previous generations of scholarship, a recent paradigm shift has moved to Cosmopolitanism. The election of Trump to the U.S. Presidency in 2016 has exacerbated, among other things, the place and role of Muslims in the United States, just as it has provoked a set of responses among scholars of Islam. This lecture charts some of the repercussions of a Trump presidency on the academic study of Islam and examines that field’s responses to it, both positive and negative.

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Mon 13 November 2017
18:00 – 19:30 GMT
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Islamic Banking and Finance: a Novel and Increasingly Significant Expression of faith...
by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations


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A neglected feature of contemporary Muslim life, society and culture, banking and financial services compatible with Islamic law represents a global industry of growing importance. This lecture comprises an introduction to the history, sources, principles and practices of this industry. It distinguishes Islamic banking and finance law from its conventional counterpart by comparing, for example, conventional bank accounts with Islamic bank accounts, and conventional bonds with ‘Islamic bonds’ (sukuk). It surveys the reception and advance of ‘Shari’a compliance’ and its governance in modern Islamic financial institutions both in Muslim majority and minority societies alike -- including prominently the United Kingdom.

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Thu 23 November 2017
18:00 – 19:30 GMT
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Room 2.3, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
210 Euston Road
London
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‘About time parents took note of children’s sexual abuse complaints’

As cases of child sexual abuse reach a record high in Pakistan, a panel discussion, held at the Aga Khan University Hospital on Tuesday, brought to fore the role elders, especially parents, need to play in raising children’s awareness about the crime.

Before the discussion commenced, a documentary narrating the ordeal of a child abuse survivor who opens up about the trauma was also shown at the event. Tehmina Shahid, Children Empowerment Association of Pakistan CEO, who was also behind the making of the documentary, said speaking to children about their bodies may save them from falling prey to abusers.

“It’s disheartening to see schools’ management not cooperating when it comes to organising awareness sessions. Even parents hesitate to speak about it — if we try to reach out to a thousand people, perhaps 20 would actually be interested,” she said.

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Persian Documents from Pre-Mongol Bāmiyān
by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

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Several years ago, a trove of manuscripts was discovered in central Afghanistan, part of which explicitly dated to the early 5th/11th century and to the several decades before the Mongol invasion of Iran (early 7th/13th century). This trove is quite diverse and contains texts of different genres (legal documents, letters, ledgers, poetry, prose, exegesis, etc.) written in six languages (Persian, Judeo-Persian, Arabic, Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic). Despite the range in genre, date and language, it seems that most of these texts originate in the Bāmiyān valley, making them a unique source for the history of this area and its adjacent regions during the pre-Mongol period.
In the talk, Ofir Haim will offer an overview of the different kinds of documents. A special emphasis will be given to the documentary material written in Persian and in Judeo-Persian, which sheds light on the economic activity of the inhabitants of the Bāmiyān valley, as well as on the administrative norms and practices of its ruling powers.

DATE AND TIME

Tue 28 November 2017
18:00 – 19:30 GMT
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Room 2.3, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
210 Euston Road
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DEC 07
Virtual Open Day
by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations


DATE AND TIME

Thu 7 December 2017
13:00 – 14:00 GMT
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Are you interested in studying at AKU’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) in London?

Join ISMC students, staff and academics online for the ISMC’s Virtual Open Day on Thursday 7 December at 1-2pm GMT.

The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations seeks to illuminate the historical and contemporary aspects of Muslim societies and to create a platform for fresh thinking about their futures, through world-class teaching and research.

Learn about the ISMC’s interdisciplinary two-year master’s degree, find out about admissions, quiz current students on academic life, and have the opportunity to ask your own questions.
This event is free and exclusively online. Book now to secure your place.

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