Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and Astronomy
This article provides a short informative history of Nasir al-Din Tusi’s life, education and works. Nasir al-Din al-Tusi’s contribution to the post-13th century intellectual history of Islam is monumental, and many of his works became the standard in a variety of disciplines up to modern times...
The Philosophy of Mediation: Questions and Responses from Diverse Parts of the World and Especially from the Islamic Tradition
In this paper, the author highlights the fact that the concept of mediation exists in many cultures and traditions in the world and that, unfortunately, its centrality as a dispute resolution mechanism in Islam is obfuscated by a negative image of the faith shaped largely by media images...
Striving Towards Leadership
The attributes of modesty, patience, humility, knowledge, forbearance and consultation are highlighted by His Highness the Aga Khan as attributes for good leadership, following a saying by Imam Ali. This article expands on the theme of successful leadership as a fine balancing act, where...
Pundits, Pachyderms and Pluralism: The Never-ending Debate on Multiculturalism
The word ‘multiculturalism’ was coined in the early 1970s, from which time various pundits worldwide have given it differing, often contradictory, interpretations; based on their own socio-cultural contexts. Similar to Rumi’s elephant in the dark house, the pachyderm of the title was...
Light Upon Light: Inside Ottawa’s Spectacular New Landmark - The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
It sparkles like a brilliant jewel, shining whiter than the fresh snow that blankets its wintry landscape. The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa’s newest landmark, is a graceful marriage of East and West. Situated on a prime section of Sussex Drive with the Saudi embassy on one side and...
Family Mediation in the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim Community – Institutional Structures, Training and Practice
In this paper, the author describes who the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims are and the traditional ADR processes they have always followed based on the Qur’anic principle of Sulh (negotiated settlement) and the guidance of their hereditary Imams from the family of Prophet Muhammad (Peace of Allah...
Sufis, Shahs, and Shi‘is: Shrines of the Safavids, 1500-1650 CE
The lecture focuses on the dynasty which established Shi‘ism as the state religion of Iran. From 1501 CE, when the first Safavid Shah, Isma‘il, came to power, the Shi‘i shrines of Iran attained a high level of importance in the rise and political consolidation of the Safavids. The...
Religion and State in a Pluralist Nation: Policy Challenges in Contemporary Canadian Society
The Canadian state has long made room for the practice of religion while maintaining its secular framework for public life. Recent years have seen increased policy discourse about religious identity in the public sphere, mostly due to growing diversity. Debates involving the intersection of...
Pluralism and the Qur’an
Dr. Shah-Kazemi opens this article with the narration of Prophet Muhammad’s invitation to a group of Christians in 631 CE to perform their rites in his own mosque. This remarkable event was reported by Ibn Ishaq and others. As Dr Shah-Kazemi says “one observes here a perfect example of how...
A Reflection on Art and Architecture
“A work of art is an expressive and communicative medium of feelings and thought.” Pierre Francastel, 1950.[1] What is the role of art and architecture in society? How can one learn more about history through art and architecture? These apparently simple questions encapsulate a series of...