AKU-ISMC News Summary

September 2, 2013
​Book launch: AKU-ISMC alumna launches book of poetry 
​Fatemeh Shams, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) alumna, launches a book of poetry under the title of '88'.  The collection, published by Gardoon, includes poems in both classical and modern forms. ​
July 5, 2013
New Director of Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations ​​​​​​​​​
​Dr David Taylor appointed Director of the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC).
December 12, 2012
​Book Launch for Ali Abdel Razek's Islam and The Foundations of Political Power, Edited by Abdou Filali-Ansary
​Wednesday 12th December sees the launch of the English language translation of Ali Abdel Razek’s ground breaking essay, Islam and the Foundations of Political Power, edited by Abdou Filali- Ansary.
December 12, 2012
​Ali Abdel Razek’s Islam and the Foundations of Political Power -
A Progressive Voice

​At the launch which was attended by Ambassador Saidullah Khan Dehlavi, Chairman, AKU Board of Trustees, Mr Firoz Rasul, AKU President and Mr Yusuf Keshavjee, AKU Trustee, Professor Filali-Ansary and Professor Azim Nanji of Stanford University shared their insight into Abdel Razek’s landmark essay which was first published in Egypt in 1927 under the title Islam wa usul al hukm.
September 27, 2012
​A Timely Corrective to Common Perceptions of Islam and Muslims
​There was an enthusiastic turnout at the book launch for Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual Performances and Everyday Practices, edited by Baudouin Dupret, Thomas Pierret, Paulo G.Pinto and Kathryn Spellman-Poots, held at AKU-ISMC on Thursday 27th September.
July 18, 2012
​Book Launch for Cosmopolitanisms in Muslim Contexts
​On 18 July 2012, AKU-ISMC organised a book launch for Cosmopolitanisms in Muslim Contexts: Perspectives from the Past, edited by Dr Derryl MacLean and Sikeena Karmali Ahmed. The event was attended by academics and thought leaders from around Greater Vancouver, Canada.
June 11, 2012
Alumnus presents at BRISMES conference hosted by LSE
​Alumnus Mohammad Magout presented a paper at the annual BRISMES conference hosted by the London School of Economics. This year's conference entitled Change and Continuity in the Middle East was held on 11 June 2012.
May 31, 2012
​AKU-ISMC Celebrates MCA Book Launch in London, UK
​Academics, students, diplomats and legal experts gathered in London, UK at the end of May, to celebrate the launch of Interpretations of Law & Ethics in Muslim Contexts, volume two of AKU-ISMC’s Muslim Civilisations Abstracts publications. The Muslim Civilisations Abstracts project was launched with the aim of promoting scholarship from regions under-represented in the present debates on the Muslim world.
May 29, 2012
Current AKU-ISMC student publishes her first book
​Serpil Akkaya, an AKU-ISMC student, recently published her first book, Sumerer, Hethiter und Trojaner – Urahnen der anatolischen Türken? (Sumerians, Hittites and Trojans – the earliest ancestors of Anatolian Turks?). The book is a revised edition of Akkaya’s PhD project undertaken at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
May 24, 2012
​Bridging the Knowledge Gap: AKU-ISMC in the Press
Dr Aptin Khanbaghi, Project Team Leader for the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts initiative, recently spoke with the Gulf Times and the Jakarta Globe about the aims of the project in bridging the gaps of scholarship that exist between Muslim societies and about Muslim societies at a global level.
April 25, 2012
​Religious scholars from Malaysia engage in fruitful dialogue on culture, ethics and diverse traditions
​The Regent (and Crown Prince) of the Malaysian State of Perlis and Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis, led valuable discussions with academics at AKU-ISMC.
April 19, 2012
​From claims to injustice to social reform: Political judgment facing the conflicting demands of the ‘Arab Spring’
On April 19, 2012 ​Dr Azmanova, from the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies, gave a lecture at AKU-ISMC on the trajectory revolt-revolution-transformation that the societies touched by the Arab Spring are now undergoing.
April 16, 2012
​Academic Excursion to Scotland - MA Class of 2012
​​​As part of the Themes in Muslim Arts & Architecture in the Contemporary Period, the MA Class of 2012 ventured north to Scotland.
January 26, 2012
​Achcar speaks about roots and dynamics of upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa
​On January 26th, Professor Gilbert Achcar gave a public lecture at AKU-ISMC entitled “Roots and Dynamics of the Revolutionary Upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa.”
January 19, 2012
​Panjwani speaks on implications of drawing on Islamic scholarship
​Dr Farid Panjwani, faculty member at AKU-ISMC, recently spoke at a workshop organised by the Dubai campus of the Islamic Azad University of Iran.  His paper was entitled “Potentials and limits of drawing educational implications from Islamic scholarship.” 
January 18, 2012
​Asutay speaks on Islamic moral economy as a foundation of Islamic finance
On 18 January 2012, Dr Mehmet Asutay (Durham University) delivered the first of this year’s Public Lecture Series at AKU-ISMC entitled ’Islamic moral economy as a foundation of Islamic finance’. The lecture was well attended and included a global audience via an online webcast.
December 21, 2011
​Alumna publishes in Oxford University's Clarendon Scholars Chronicle
​AKU-ISMC alumni, Fatemeh Shams, recently published a poem in one of Oxford University's first issues of Clarendon Scholars Chronicle.
December 7, 2011
​Indonesian Muslims and their place in the larger world of Islam
​On 7 December 2011, Professor Martin van Bruinessen from Utrechet University and a visiting lecturer at AKU-ISMC gave a public talk at AKU-ISMC entitled, “Indonesian Muslims and their place in the larger world of Islam”.
December 1, 2011
​AKU-ISMC Alumnus Publishes in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
​Malik Ajani, an AKU-ISMC alumnus recently published a paper in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science entitled, Objects, Knowledge and Representation: A glimpse into the rhetorical discourse of the British Museum.
November 23, 2011
Should there be faith-based schools in a pluralist society?
Britain has a long history of faith-based schools within the state system. However, there are increasingly powerful voices arguing against this for a variety of reasons. These arguments will be examined, by Professor Pring, in the context of a rapidly changing Britain and of an increasing secularisation of society.
November 22, 2011
​Dr Jeff Tan presents at SOAS, University of London
In November 2011, AKU-ISMC faculty member Dr Jeff Tan spoke about “The Pitfalls of Water Privatisation: Failure and Reform in Malaysia,” at a Seminar organised by the Department of Development Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.  
November 12, 2011
​AKU offers CPD accredited courses - Engaging with Sharia: History and Contemporary Issues
On 12 and 19 November 2011 AKU-ISMC hosted a short course on sharia. ​What is sharia? How has it evolved? Should it play any role in society? What are the key legal issues across various Muslim contexts? This thought-provoking, two-day course explored the historical evolution of Muslim legal traditions and traced their development to the varied approaches.
November 10, 2011
Dr Sarah Savant Presents Her Research on New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran at Three International Workshops
​This autumn, AKU-ISMC faculty member, Dr Sarah Bowen Savant, has given papers at three events, presenting research which will be published in her forthcoming  monograph,The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran: Tradition, Memory, and Conversion. This monograph will be published by Cambridge University Press as part of its Studies in Islamic Civilisation series.
November 3, 2011
Arabic Pasts Workshop: Hosted in Collaboration with SOAS, University of London
​AKU-ISMC recently hosted the fourth annual “Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiography” workshop.  The workshop has been held annually since 2008 and is organised by Dr Sarah Bowen Savant (AKU-ISMC), Dr Konrad Hirschler (SOAS) and Dr James McDougall (Trinity College, Oxford). 
October 26, 2011
​Professor Filali-Ansary delivers 2011 Lipset Lecture in Washington and Toronto
​In October 2011, Professor Filali Ansary, founding director and faculty member of AKU-ISMC, was invited to deliver the Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture in Washington, D.C. and in Toronto.
October 19, 2011
​Research Lecture Series Attracts International Audience
​On October 19th, AKU-ISMC launched its 2011-2012 Research Lecture Series with a talk by Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary, founding director of the Institute. The lecture attracted over 100 attendees, half of which joined via an online broadcast.
October 1, 2011
​Alumnus Mohamed Meqdad presents on heavy metal culture in the Arab World
​​AKU-ISMC Alumnus Mohamed Meqdad recently presented at two conferences where he explored various aspects of heavy metal music within Muslim contexts.
September 5, 2011
​Professor Filali-Ansary speaks at Oxford Conference
​“Our Oxford workshop’s most interesting participant was Abdou Filali-Ansary, who offered a portrait of the Arab Spring filled with light and shadow. A Moroccan philosopher who successively directed the King Abdul-Aziz Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences in Casablanca and the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London, Filali-Ansary has thought and written as profoundly as anyone about Muslims in the contemporary world.” – Mark Silk
August 29, 2011
AKU-ISMC alumni publishes article in the International Journal of the Humanities
​In an attempt to conceptualise the medieval attachment to the homeland in Egypt, Mustafa Abulhimal, an AKU-ISMC alumni recently published a paper in the International Journal of the Humanities entitled, The Medieval Egyptian Homeland and Inhabitants: The Intelligentsia Speak.
August 22, 2011
​Joining Hands with Simon Fraser University, AKU-ISMC offers its fourth International Summer Programme
​Once again, this year’s International Summer Programme which took place from 18-29 July 2011 in London, attracted participants from around the world including from Canada, Hungary, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Tajikistan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
August 15, 2011
​AKU-ISMC Faculty Awarded British Academy Grant
​In June 2011, AKU-ISMC faculty member Professor Kathryn Spellman Poots was awarded a research grant from the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the promotion of scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, for her project, Young Shia Muslims in the UK.
July 19, 2011
​Professor Filali-Ansary addresses the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C.
​On July 19th, 2011, Abdou Filali-Ansary, Professor and founding Director of AKU-ISMC, gave a talk in Washington, D.C., entitled “Talking and Thinking about Politics in Contemporary Muslim Contexts.” The talk was organised by the National Endowment for Democracy, which publishes the Journal of Democracy on whose editorial board Professor Filali-Ansary sits.
June 27, 2011
AKU-ISMC student, Lindsey Stephenson, publishes articles on Kuwait

​Lindsey Stephenson, currently a first-year student on AKU-ISMC’s MA in Muslim Cultures, has recently published an article in the Middle East in London (April-May 2011, vol 7 no 8). Her article entitled “The battle for influence: women’s suffrage in Kuwait” reflects Lindsey’s earlier research on Kuwait. The article, for which Lindsey was commissioned to write based on her experiences living and conducting research in Kuwait, appears in an edition of the magazine which focuses on the Gulf States.
May 12, 2011
​Public Lecture: The Idea of Ancient Iran: Its Use and Abuse in Modern Iranian Discourse
On Thursday, 12 May 2011, Professor Touraj Daryaee presented a public lecture at AKU-ISMC entitled: “The Idea of Ancient Iran: Its Use and Abuse in Modern Iranian Discourse.” Professor Daryaee examined the way that the ancient Persian Empire has been regarded in Iran both before and after the 1979 revolution.
May 5, 2011
​Self-Referentiality in the Qur’an: Public Lecture by Professor Stefan Wild
​On Thursday, 5 May 2011, AKU-ISMC was pleased to host a public lecture by Professor Stefan Wild. Entitled “Self-Referentiality in the Qur’an”, the talk examined the self-referential nature of the Qur’an and compared it to scriptures of other monotheistic religions, suggesting the Qur’an’s reflexive nature to be one of its unique features. The Professor also highlighted the relationship between this feature and the canonisation of the Qur’anic text.
April 13, 2011
​AKU-ISMC Film and Documentary Series
Next Film Showings: 11 May 2011

​AKU-ISMC is showcasing films, from well-known and emerging filmmakers, that centre on people and ideas that are often relegated to the margins of societies around the world.
April 11, 2011
​International Workshop - The Politics of Negotiation: Muslim Subjectivities in ‘Western’ Contexts
On 11 April 2011, AKU-ISMC held an international workshop entitled “The Politics of Negotiation: Muslim Subjectivities in ‘Western’ Contexts”. This workshop brought together scholars from universities around the world to present their research on the ways in which the identity and subjectivity of Muslims living in Western societies are formed and challenged.
March 10, 2011
​​Transnational families and British law: The role of an expert witness
​On Thursday, 10 March 2011, Dr Prakash Shah gave a public lecture at AKU-ISMC on the topic: “Transnational families and British law: The role of an expert witness.” Dr Shah’s talk examined how the British legal and immigration system deals with the question of transnational families and family unification.
March 3, 2011
​Pedagogy, Memory and Alterity: Conceptions of the Muslim World in European Textbooks
​On Thursday, 3 March 2011, Dr Shiraz Thobani, Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, gave a lecture at AKU-ISMC entitled “Pedagogy, Memory and Alterity: Conceptions of the Muslim World in European Textbooks.” The talk built on his work with European academic institutions seeking to develop educational programmes which approach Islam from humanistic, civilisational and cultural perspectives.
February 28, 2011
​Is Infrastructure Privatisation Inappropriate for Developing Countries?
​In his recent article, “Infrastructure Privatisation: Oversold, Misunderstood and Inappropriate” (abstract), published in the January 2011 edition of the Development Policy Review, AKU-ISMC Assistant Professor Dr Jeff Tan explores the role and possible failures of infrastructure privatisation in developing countries.
February 12, 2011
​AKU-ISMC Convocation 2011  
​The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) in the United Kingdom held its third convocation on 12 February 2011 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University College of London, where 18 graduates received their MA in Muslim Cultures.
February 9, 2011
​Promoting Educational and Cultural Exchange: Professor Filali-Ansary speaks at Oxford and Cambridge Universities
On 9th and 10th February 2011, Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary of AKU-ISMC gave two lectures, one at the University of Cambridge and one at the University of Oxford. These lectures were offered in response to an invitation by the British Council, which promotes educational and cultural exchange and relationships between the UK and other countries.​
February 3, 2011
​Public Lecture - Cutting and Killing: Justified Violence in Islamic Thought
​On 3 February 2011, Robert Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter gave a public lecture at AKU-ISMC. The title of the talk was “Cutting and Killing: Legitimate Violence in Islamic Thought”.
January 21, 2011
​Making an Impact in Education: Dr Panjwani Presents at IB Seminar  
Dr Farid Panjwani, Assistant Professor at AKU-ISMC, joined educational professionals including curriculum developers and assessment experts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation for a one-day seminar aimed at extending and challenging the understanding of the nature of culture and its implications for the development of curriculum and assessment in the context of international education.​
November 26, 2010
​AKU-ISMC alumnus presents at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris
​Exploring the question of spiritual authority amongst woman intercessors in the city of Sewan Sharif, was the focus of the presentation of Omar Kasmani at a conference entitled, Shrines, Pilgrimages and Wanderers in Muslim South Asia.
November 18, 2010
​Public Lecture - Flying Kites in a Global Sky: New Models of Jurisprudence
​Professor Werner Menski gave a public lecture at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations on Thursday, 18 November 2010 entitled, ‘Flying Kites in a Global Sky: New Models of Jurisprudence’.
November 12, 2010
​AKU-ISMC in the News
​The 12 November 2010 issue of the Khaleej Times, a daily English language newspaper published in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and covering regional and international news, featured a recent article about the Aga Khan University Institute of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC
October 30, 2010
​Dilemma and Decision: Ethnographic Filmmaking
​Filmmaking is a difficult business. The dilemmas behind the making of ethnographic films were the focus of a colloquium held at Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) from 29-30 October 2010. Films shot in locations around the world including Afghanistan, Botswana, India, and Guatemala, to name a few, were shown alongside unedited clips.
October 29, 2010
​Dr Arskal Salim presents at the Religion in Dispute Conference
​On 29 October 2010, Dr Arskal Salim delivered a paper at the Conference on Religion in Dispute held by Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. The paper was entitled ‘Saving Marriages after Triple ‘Talaq’ (divorce): Contested Norms and Practices in Aceh, Indonesia’.
September 30, 2010
​Academic Publications Announcement: Cluster Launch of the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts Series
​The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) is pleased to announce a lecture and discussion about its Muslim Civilisations Abstracts (MCA) series, to take place at the University of Edinburgh on 30 September 2010.
September 18, 2010
​AKU-ISMC welcomes Class of 2012
​AKU-ISMC is pleased to welcome a new cohort to its MA Programme. Students attended a week long orientation from 18th September, and have officially begun classes from the 27th onwards. Over the course of the two-year programme, students will study Muslim cultures as they have evolved over time, in all their historical and contemporary diversity.
September 17, 2010
​​AKU-ISMC and SOAS Host 3rd Arabic Pasts Workshop
​AKU-ISMC in collaboration with SOAS held a workshop entitled “Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiography” on Friday 17 September. The workshop, held annually since 2008, brought together scholars for one day to discuss and debate major issues relating to recollections of the past in Arabic, and to chart out future projects.
September 13, 2010
​Research Fellows join AKU-ISMC
​AKU-ISMC welcomed its 2010 Research Fellows on 13 September 2010; the two fellows will be based at the Institute for a period of one year. Dr Fauzia Ahmad will examine the changing nature of Muslim matrimonial practices in Britain while Dr Chloe Patton will focus on multiculturalism as a grammar of religiosity among young Australian Muslims.
September 6, 2010
​AKU-ISMC alumni publishes in Hamdard Islamicus
​In its January to March 2010 issue, Hamdard Islamicus published an article written by AKU-ISMC alum, Nadia Amin Rehmani (Class of 2008) in Vol XXXIII No1. The article discusses the Qur’anic term Ummah as a fundamental concept within Islamic thought and examines its use in the Qur'an along with its multiple other meanings
August 17, 2010
​Lecture delivered by Dr Panjwani at UN Alliance of Civilisations Summer School
​On 17th August 2010, Dr Farid Panjwani presented a lecture entitled Education, religion and citizenship according to Muslim tradition, thought, practices at the first United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) Summer School.
June 28, 2010
​The Perception of Muslims in the Christian Poetry of Medieval Spain
​On 28 June 2010, Dr Valerie Gonzalez delivered a lecture at AKU-ISMC, entitled, The Perception of Muslims in the Christian Poetry of the “Romanceros Fronterizos” in Medieval and Post-Medieval Spain.
June 15, 2010
​Professor Humayun Ansari delivers lecture on the topic of Place, Identity and Islam
On 15 June 2010, AKU-ISMC was pleased to host renowned scholar Professor Humayun Ansari, who delivered a public lecture on the topic of Place, Identity and Islam.​
June 3, 2010
​Then & Now: Pluralism through the Ages - In Conversation with Dr Abdou Filali-Ansary
​On Thursday, 3rd June, 2010, AKU-ISMC hosted a cluster launch event at the Ismaili Centre, London, to showcase its 3 series of academic publications.
June 1, 2010
​Dr. Mehtab Karim speaks on the Demography of Muslim Populations
​On 1 June 2010, the Institute hosted a public lecture by Dr. Mehtab Karim, a Senior Research Fellow at the Pew Research Centre and a Professor at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Dr. Karim's lecture was entitled, "Demography of Muslim Countries: Fertility Transition and Youth Bulge".
May 28, 2010
​Dr. Arskal Salim launches co-edited volume titled, Serambi Mekkah yang Berubah, Views from Within [The Veranda of Mecca that Changes, Views from Within]
​AKU-ISMC is extremely pleased to announce that Arskal Salim, Assistant Professor at AKU-ISMC, recently launched his co-edited Indonesian volume, The Veranda of Mecca that Changes: Views from Within, in late May 2010.
May 12, 2010
​Dr. Nadje Al-Ali speaks on Memory and ‘Truth’ in the Diaspora: Constructing a Modern History of Iraqi Women
​On 12th May, the AKU-ISMC hosted a lecture by Dr. Nadje Al-Ali, Director of the Gender Studies Centre at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Dr. Al-Ali spoke on the topic of “Memory and ‘Truth’ in the Diaspora: Constructing a Modern History of Iraqi Women”.
April 12, 2010
​Graduation 2010
​The second graduation ceremony of Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations took place on April 12, 2010.  Held at the Brunei Gallery in London, the ceremony was attended by members of the university’s board of trustees, faculty and staff of the ISMC, students' families, as well as guests from the academic community in London.
February 23, 2010
​Tariq Rahman speaks on Language and Identity in South Asia
​On 23 February, 2010 AKU-ISMC hosted a lecture by Tariq Rahman, a Distinguished National Professor of Sociolinguistic History and Director of the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.
February 15, 2010
​Kathryn Spellman-Poots speaks at the Centre for Academic Shia Studies
​On Monday, 15 February 2010, Dr. Kathryn Spellman-Poots delivered a lecture at the inaugural event for The Centre for Academic Shia Studies, held at the Al-Khoei Foundation
November 4, 2009
​Workshop: Ethnographies of Islam: Describing Muslim Practices in Local Contexts
​The importance of the ethnographic method increased in the last three decades as it spread beyond the boundaries of Anthropology into other social sciences, which gradually shifted their focus from the structural organization of social systems to the role of the people in producing and reproducing social processes through their everyday practices.
October 15, 2009
​​AKU-ISMC hosted a major event to launch its 3 new series of academic publications.
​On Thursday, 15th October 2009, the Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations hosted a major event to launch its 3 new series of academic publications.
October 9, 2009
​Conference: Construction of Belief: Comparative Perspectives
​On the 9 -10 October 2009, the AKU-ISMC will hold a conference entitled Construction of Belief: Comparative Perspectives. The conference, for invited academics, will honour the work and ideas of Professor Mohamed Arkoun, one of the most influential scholars of Muslim philosophy and history.
July 20, 2009
​​Summer Programme 2009
Expressions of Diversity: A Contemporary Introduction to Muslim Cultures

​AKU-ISMC, in collaboration with the Simon Fraser University – The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (SFU-CCSMSC), offered a two week Summer Programme, ‘Expressions of Diversity: A Contemporary Introduction to Muslim Cultures'. The course was held in London from July 20 – 31, 2009.
June 22, 2009
​Academic Publications Series announced by AKU-ISMC and Edinburgh University Press
​AKU-ISMC has announced three exciting academic publications series to be launched in October 2009, in collaboration with Edinburgh University Press (EUP).
June 12, 2009
​Reconsidering Dubai: New perspectives for Cities in the Middle East?
Roundtable Workshop, 12 June 2009

​The roundtable workshop, Reconsidering Dubai: New perspectives for Cities in the Middle East? was held on 12 June 2009, as part of the Cities/Muslim Urbanities research initiative at AKU-ISMC.
May 27, 2009
​Rationality and Irrationality in the Art of Islam
​Eminent London-based artist, Dr Ahmed Moustafa, conducted a presentation at AKU-ISMC on 27 May 2009 during which he exhibited some of his artwork to the audience.
May 25, 2009
AKU-ISMC faculty contribute to new book on Multiple Modernities in Muslim Societies

​A book edited by Professor Modjtaba Sadria, Multiple Modernities in Muslim Societies, was published by IB Tauris in May 2009. The book, which also includes a chapter by Senior Instructor Farid Panjwani, is the result of a workshop held in 2008 by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, with the aim of investigating the ‘tangible elements of modernity’.
May 11, 2009
​Dr Bakary Sambe speaks at International Symposium in Morocco
Dr Bakary Sambe, Research Fellow at AKU-ISMC, recently delivered a paper at an international symposium entitled ‘Cultural Interactions between Sub Saharan Africa and Morocco’.​
April 23, 2009
​AKU-ISMC Faculty member presents lecture at Georgetown University
​Dr Sarah Bowen Savant, Assistant Professor at AKU-ISMC presented the Robert S. Mason lecture at Georgetown University on 23 April. Her lecture, Remembering Founding Moments: The Case of Early Islamic Persia, explored work she has undertaken on tradition, memory, history and hermeneutics in the case of Iran to consider social functions of traditions about communities’ founding moments.
April 15, 2009
​AKU-ISMC students learn about the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
​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.
March 28, 2009
​​AKU-ISMC holds short course on Law in Muslim Contexts
​AKU-ISMC held a two-day intermediate level short course, ‘Law in Muslim Contexts’, with the aim of providing participants with an understanding of the contemporary legal issues impacting Muslim societies.
March 20, 2009
​​AKU-ISMC faculty members present paper at conference on Muslim youth
​Farid Panjwani and Modjtaba Sadria presented a paper at a conference titled, ‘Muslim Youth: Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations’, that was jointly organised by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (UK) and the University of Chester. The conference was held at the University of Chester over 20, 21 and 22 March 2009.
March 12, 2009
​AKU-ISMC Research Fellow speaks at International Workshop at French Parliament
​AKU-ISMC Research Fellow Bakary Sambe spoke at an International Workshop at the French Parliament organised by University of Paris on 12 March entitled, ‘The Mediterranean Union: Building a space for knowledge’. The title of Sambe’s paper was The Mediterranean Union: What about Relations with Sub-Saharan Africa?
March 10, 2009
​Jeff Tan Presents Paper at Water Governance Conference
​AKU-ISMC Assistant Professor Jeff Tan and Dr Kate Bayliss (School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS) presented a paper, Water Governance: Beyond Tame Solutions for ‘Wicked’ Problems, at a conference on water governance held in London on 10 March.
February 28, 2009
​​AKU-ISMC Holds Inaugural Graduation Ceremony
​The 28th of February marked a significant institutional milestone for AKU-ISMC as it held its inaugural graduation ceremony.  Eleven students were awarded their Master of Arts in Muslim Cultures at the ceremony, attended by members of the University’s Board of Trustees, AKU faculty and staff, students' families, donors, dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corp.
February 27, 2009
​A Discussion on Architecture and Modernity
​On 27 and 28 February, a workshop for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) entitled Homogeneity of Representations was held in Vancouver. Organised by AKU-ISMC Professor Modjtaba Sadria, the Workshop was the second in the AKAA’s Knowledge Construction series.
February 18, 2009
​Inaugural Central Asia Study Group meeting held at AKU-ISMC
​The inaugural meeting of the Central Asia Study Group, initiated and coordinated by Professor Modjtaba Sadria was held on 18 February 2009. The Group is intended as an inter-institutional, multi-disciplinary, collaborative group for academics, researchers, students, and others with an interest in Central Asia.
January 28, 2009
Habiba Fathi speaks at Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and Caucasus at SOAS
​On 28 January Habiba Fathi, Research Fellow at AKU-ISMC spoke at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus.
January 21, 2009
​Seminar on Faith, Culture and Education held in collaboration with the Commonwealth Foundation
​The Commonwealth Foundation, in partnership with the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), held a seminar titled 'Faith, Culture and Education' on 21 January 2009 at Marlborough House in London.
January 20, 2009
​Iftekhar Iqbal speaks as part of SOAS South Asia History Seminar Series
​On 20 January, Iftekhar Iqbal, AKU-ISMC Research Fellow, spoke at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as part of the South Asia History Seminar Series. His presentation was entitled Wilderness and Social Power in Colonial Bengal.
December 21, 2008
​AKU-ISMC launches inaugural short course – Exploring Muslim Cultures
​In November and December 2008, AKU-ISMC launched its series of short courses, with its first offering being Exploring Muslim Cultures I.
December 17, 2008
​Head of Academic Planning of Faculty of Arts and Sciences East Africa speaks at AKU-ISMC
​On 17 December, Dr Rafique Keshavjee presented a lecture entitled ‘Developing Resources for Teaching Programmes in the Humanities’at AKU-ISMC.
December 4, 2008
​First Research Fellowship Programme Seminar
​On 4 December, AKU-ISMC held the inaugural Research Fellowship Programme Seminar for faculty and research staff of the Institute, to introduce its research fellows and their projects.
November 24, 2008
​Modjtaba Sadria Presents at International Social Scientists Congress
​Professor Modjtaba Sadria presented a paper at the Second International Social Scientists Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan which was held from the 22 – 24 October 2008.
October 27, 2008
​Professor Modjtaba Sadria contributes chapter in book – Pathways to Reconciliation
​In October 2008, a chapter contributed by AKU-ISMC Professor Modjtaba Sadria, ‘Hegemony, Ethics and Reconciliation’, was published in Pathways to Reconciliation (Rothfield, Fleming, Komesaroff (eds), 2008).
October 16, 2008
​Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Head of Science Department speaks at AKU-ISMC
​On 16 October, Aziz Batada, Head of the Science Department at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa presented an overview of the Academies and led a discussion session with the Institute’s students and faculty entitled ‘Creating Capacity for Local Knowledges’.
October 15, 2008
​Cities: Understanding Socio-cultural Transformation workshop held in Istanbul
​The workshop, Cities: Understanding Socio-cultural Transformation, was co-hosted by the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and İstanbul Bilgi University.
October 9, 2008
​International Summer Academy held in Istanbul
​The Summer Academy was organised in collaboration with Boğaziçi University, 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe' (EUME), a joint research program of the the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
October 8, 2008
​Muslim Civilisations Abstracts session held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS
​On the 8th of October, the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) in association with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London Middle East Institute (LMEI) held a unique interactive session combining brief presentations and instructive training sessions.
October 2, 2008
​AKU-ISMC Welcomes new class to MA in Muslim Cultures
​AKU-ISMC is pleased to welcome its newest group of students to its MA in Muslim Cultures. Students started classes on the 29th of September, and prior to this attended a one-week orientation.
September 22, 2008
​Tripoli Suq Haraj restoration project – four articles published in BAAL
​The BAAL journal (journal for Lebanese antiquity) has published four articles about the restoration of Sūq Harāj in Tripoli, Lebanon, a project initiated and coordinated by AKU-ISMC Assistant Professor Stefan Weber.
September 18, 2008
​AKU-ISMC students participate in Language Immersion Programme
​Throughout August, AKU-ISMC’s students travelled to a number of countries to complete their Language Immersion Programme which forms part of the Institute’s Master’s Programme. Students studying Arabic travelled to Tunisia, while those studying Farsi travelled to Iran.
September 11, 2008
​Vibrant and living African cultures – Sadria in ICOMOS delegation to Timbuktu
​In July 2008, AKU-ISMC Professor Modjtaba Sadria and Lazare Eloundou of the World Heritage Centre in Paris led a delegation to Timbuktu, Mali on behalf of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and UNESCO.
August 25, 2008
​AKU-ISMC holds summer programme on Muslim cultures
​From 21 July to 1 August 2008 AKU-ISMC and the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Cultures and Societies at Simon Fraser University (CCSMSC) held a summer programme in Vancouver, Canada.
July 28, 2008
​​AKU-ISMC Organises International Conference - Cosmopolitanisms in Muslim Contexts
​On 21st June an international conference, Cosmopolitanisms in Muslim Contexts – Models from the Past, Questions for the Future, cosponsored by AKU-ISMC and the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, Simon Fraser University.
July 9, 2008
​Mombasa Aga Khan Academy Head speaks at AKU-ISMC
​On the 27th of June, Peter McMurray, Head of the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, visited AKU-ISMC. He provided a presentation on the work of the Aga Khan Academies and discussed possibilities for post-graduation internships with the Institute’s MA students.
June 11, 2008
AKU-ISMC hosts video screening of Karen Armstrong lecture​
On 11th June, AKU-ISMC hosted a video screening of a lecture presented by scholar and author Karen Armstrong during a recent visit to the Aga Khan University (AKU) campus in Karachi, Pakistan.