On 15 April, graduate students at AKU-ISMC participated in an information session about the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). The session was led by Shiraz Alibhai (AKTC) and focused primarily on the Trusts’ Historic Cities Project; the Project is a collaborative initiative with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning.
AKTC focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the Muslim world and comprises a range of initiatives: Aga Khan Award for Architecture; Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme; Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia; ArchNet; and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and MIT.
During the information session, Alibhai introduced the work of the Trust and provided an overview about the Historic Cities Programme. This year, two graduates from AKU-ISMC will have an opportunity to undertake a three month internship with AKTC in Delhi and Cairo.
Interns in both locations will engage in field-based research related and other activities and have an opportunity to learn more about local projects.
Interns in both locations will engage in field-based research related and other activities and have an opportunity to learn more about local projects. In Delhi, interns may engage in research on the tombs in Sundar Nursery, while in Cairo, interns may have opportunities to work on activities related to the Darb al-Ahmar or the Alin Aq Palace; they may also engage in research related to the Aqsunqur Mosque.
AKTC projects cover fields ranging from social development to conservation, allowing interns to draw on the practical and theoretical components studied as part of the MA in Muslim Cultures including history, material cultures, development studies, sociology and urbanism.
Learn more about the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and its various projects at www.akdn.org/aktc.
Coordinator, Planning & Academic Development
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations