A Place of Spiritual and Social Convergence
Last March (2010), to mark the first anniversary of this Web site, we invited our readers to take one incident in Ismaili history, become a fly on the wall, and write a short narrative entitled “I Wish I’d Been There.” Thirty one accounts were received and published on this blog. Thousands of individuals took the time to read the pieces and even downloaded the complete PDF file of this educational and inspiring series (Click I Wish I’d Been There Series – PDF).
Now, as we celebrate our second anniversary, we extend to all our readers an invitation to contribute another brief narrative, entitled “The Jamatkhana: A Place of Spiritual and Social Convergence.”
In 500-1500 words, we want you to tell us how a particular Jamatkahana has impacted your life. Your contribution can, if you wish, seamlessly integrate the social, cultural, educational, volunteering and spiritual elements you have found in a Jamatkhana, and the role that the Jamatkhana has played in defining your presence as an Ismaili, connecting yourself with your brothers and sisters.
The story you weave about the Jamatkhana should be striking, educational and inspiring; it may, as well, convey a message of hope and comfort to readers around the world. In your narrative, you may wish to include the Jamatkhana’s salient features including its architecture and historical background; for example, what prompted its construction. Please note that several individuals may write about the same Jamatkhana, and that’s perfectly fine. We would also welcome images to accompany your narrative, especially rare ones that you may possess in your own photo album archives.
Whether you are writing about a Jamatkhana located in a remote inaccessible part of the world, or one that is present in a more familiar surrounding including a high profile Ismaili Centre, your spirited and passionate narrative will offfer a new and refreshing perspective on a space that has been endeared by millions of Ismailis around the world through centuries of history. We look forward to a high level of participation. Please submit your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Jamatkhana.
THE JAMATKHANA SERIES…
This initiative was launched March 22, 2011 with Vali Jamal’s Remembering Kampala Jamatkhana. However we have decided to incorporate into the series two earlier articles on the Ismaili Centre, London and Tashkorgan Jamatkhana, China. This page will be updated as more articles are added. The articles published so far beginning with the latest are:
June 9, 2012
May 29, 2012
March 28, 2012
March 23, 2012
March 10, 2012
December 22, 2011: At the Ismaili Centre
May 14, 2011: 5 Palace Gate when it was a privilege to be in England
April 20, 2011: 5 Palace Gate
March 22, 2011: Remembering Kampala Jamatkhana: Special in so many ways
Links to articles on Jamatkhanas published before the special series commenced
February 23, 2011: A Jamatkhana in Tashkorgan, China
December 8, 2010: Serenity in Central London: The Ismaili Centre
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