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2010-05 Canada

Stephen Harper

Friday, May 28, 2010, His Highness the Aga Khan will participate in the Foundation Ceremony with several members of his family: Prince Amyn, Prince Rahim, Prince Husayn, Princess Khaliya, to mark the beginning of the development of the Ismaili Centre, the first-ever Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture, and their Park, in Toronto's Don Mills area

Toronto - Wynford Park

Album for Wynford Park, housing the Toronto High Profile Jamatkhana and Aga Khan Museum.

2004-06-18 Toronto

2004, June 18: TORONTO - The biggest global threat is not failed states but failed democracies, the Aga Khan told a graduating class at the University of Toronto yesterday afternoon. The 49th hereditary spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims appealed to the class of teacher graduates at Convocation Hall yesterday to instil in their students the virtues of pluralism, meritocracy and civil society - three pillars on which successful democracies are built.

Hazar Imam visits Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Hazar Imam visits Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Hazar Imam waves to the many Ismailis who had gathered at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto for a glimpse of the Imam

Studia Islamica III

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  2016
Authors  Ehud Krinis
Key Words  Ikhwān al-ṣafā; Islamic; Kabbalists

Shii Studies Review 2

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  2018
Authors  Shafique N. Virani
Editor  Hassan Ansari , Sabine Schmidtke
Key Words  Ismaili; Alamut; Qasim Tushtari; Hasan-i sabbah; Ginan

Speech by Princess Zahra at the International Ismaili Women's Forum, Toronto 1997-05-09

Princess Zahra

On behalf of the International Social Development and Sports Foundation, let me welcome you to the International Ismaili Women's Forum. I hope that you have all had safe journeys, and that you are rested and ready for three days of hard work. Before we begin, I would like to thank the Canadian National Council, the International Steering Committee and the many volunteers who have invested countless hours and made tremendous personal sacrifices to prepare this event.

Aga Khan Museum acquires massive Lego sculpture of an ancient African metropolis 2021-02-23

Ekow Nimako, Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE (2019) Connie Tsang

The conceptual work by the Ghanian-Canadian artist Ekow Nimako addresses the cultural impact of Kumbi Saleh, the centre of the trans-Saharan trade route

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto has acquired a colossal sculpture made from 100,000 pieces of Lego by the Ghanian-Canadian artist Ekow Nimako, who is known for his Afrofuturist reimaginings of Black histories built from Lego bricks.

Ismaili CIVIC hosts collection drive for local shelters 2020-10-04

CanIndia news

This year Ismaili CIVIC Day was observed on Sunday, September 27, 2020, in Ontario. More than three hundred volunteers gathered to run a collection drive for supplies for local women’s and youth shelters. Over 7,500 items were collected, ranging from toiletries, non-perishable food items, bedding and much more. In a bid to ensure safety given the current global pandemic, volunteers ran a drive-thru drop-off of supplies over two hours across thirteen locations in the region. The items collected were then delivered to local shelters.

Aga Khan receives honorary degree from Trinity College 2013-11-05

Aga Khan receives honorary degree from Trinity College 2013-11-05

The Aga Khan with the Honourable Bill Graham, chancellor of Trinity College (at left) and former provost Andy Orchard (at right). 2013-11-05

Aga Khan receives honorary degree from Trinity College 2013 - Video 2013-11-25

The Aga Khan with the Honourable Bill Graham, chancellor of Trinity College (at left) and former provost Andy Orchard (at right)
Heritage Society Collection


2013, November 25: Toronto, Canada. The University of Toronto’s Trinity College held a special convocation this evening, to bestow upon Mawlana Hazar Imam the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, Honoris Causa. IThe Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, presented Hazar Imam before the Chancellor of Trinity College

3D Tours at the Aga Khan Museum 2020-05-15

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Photo: © Janet Kimber
Apollo The International Art Magazine

While museums around the world are shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibition openings will be replaced by a selection of digital initiatives providing virtual access to art and culture.

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto has pulled out all the stops with its online offering. There are so far eight 3D tours available as part of the #MuseumWithoutWalls programme, all created using Matterport 3D scanning technology (which means you can experience the tours in virtual reality, if you have a VR headset).



His Highness The Aga Khan with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada at the Global Child Care Summit in Toronto

A Note of Appreciation and Well Wishes from Prince Amyn Mohammed

A Note of Appreciation and Well Wishes from Prince Amyn Aga Khan

9 April 2020

Dear Staff and Volunteers,

A Note of Appreciation and Well Wishes

When we opened Don’t Ask Me Where I Am From one month ago, I did not realize how quickly
the measures for containing COVID-19 would come into place and how soon, thereafter, the
Museum would have to close to the public. I feel great sadness that we have had to close after
five and half years of continuous and I believe successful operations. My hope is that this crisis
will pass swiftly.

Our priority at this moment is to contain the virus, and keeping the Museum closed is part of this

All Jamat Khanas in Ontario closed till further notice 2020-03-13

Ismaili Centre Toronto
theismaili Ontario

A sad event in our Ismaili history - all Jamat Khanas were announced closed till further notice in Canada and other places in the world due to the pandemic outbreak of CO-VID 19. The official announcement is as below.

Urgent Announcement from the Jamati Institutions for Ontario: All Jamatkhanas in Ontario Jurisdiction are now closed

The Government of Ontario has announced additional steps to limit large gatherings to reduce the risk of infection from the spread of COVID-19.

Alamūt, Ismailism and Khwājah Qāsim Tushtarī’s Recognizing God

Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2018
Date Published  2018
Authors  Virani, Shafique N.
Original Publication  www.academia.edu/37219850/
Alternate Title  Shii Studies Review 2, no. 1-2 (2018): 193-227
Issue  No 1-2
Pagination  193-227
Publisher  Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto

Shii Studies Review 2, no. 1-2 (2018): 193-227.

Key Words  Ismaili – Alamūt – Qāsim Tushtarī – Ḥasan-i Sabbāḥ – Saljūq – Ra ʾīs Muẓaffar – mukhī – Ginān – Girdkūh – Sanjar

Shattering Stereotypes With Aga Khan IV and the Ismaili Community 2019-12-05

The Ismaili Centre Toronto, Canada

The rise of Islamophobia and the increase in hate crimes targeted at Muslims point to the lasting effect of Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” thesis. Twenty-three years after the publication of his book, the image of a “violent and irrational” Muslim continues to plague current policies and society at large.

Groundbreaking Aga Khan exhibit shows how Africa shaped world history

Henry Kim with Prince Amyn Aga Khan   2018-11-22

African stories often left out of western textbooks, writes Henry Kim

The wealthiest person of all time may have been Mansa Musa, the 14th-century ruler of the West African Empire of Mali.

His riches were so famed that a European world map featured a portrait of him, adorned with a golden crown and holding a sceptre and golden ball.

According to accounts, when Mansa Musa made the Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca he brought with him 8,000 courtiers, 12,000 slaves, and 100 camels, each carrying up to 300 pounds of gold.

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