BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT
On an occasional basis, Simerg will be drawing its readers’ attention to popular pieces published on this website over the past almost eight years. Likewise, in the course of this series I shall be informing readers about many extraordinary pieces that have not received the readership they deserve. For now, here are links to 7 pieces with more than 9,000 views each. Other popular articles will be mentioned, 7 at a time, in the coming year.
(for articles, please click on links or photos)
1. PLEASE CLICK: A Brief History of the Khoja Ismaili Community in Daman, India, from the Portuguese Period to the Present by Toral Pradhan, first published October 7, 2013.
2. PLEASE CLICK: Two Tales from Rumi: The Snake-Catcher and the Serpent & The Elephant and the Travellers by Zayn Kassam, March 3, 2011.
3. PLEASE CLICK: “The Power of Wisdom” – His Highness the Aga Khan’s Interview with Politique Internationale, August 18, 2010.
4. PLEASE CLICK: Timeline of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Awards and Honour by Mohib Ebrahim, January 2010.
5. PLEASE CLICK: The Story of Noah’s Ark in the Holy Qur’an by Jehangir Merchant (Revised), Originally published on October 6, 2011.
6. PLEASE CLICK: The Road to Happiness and The Concept of Life by His Highness the Aga Khan III, November 14, 2009.
7. PLEASE CLICK: The Preamble Of “The Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims”, December 10, 2010.
We wish to record our deep appreciation to thousands of readers who visit Simerg and its sister websites regularly and send us feedback, and to all our contributors for the great articles and photo essays that they have submitted for publication for the reading pleasure and enjoyment of our readers around the world — we have gained richly from their knowledge and the fresh insights they have provided.
We wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year.
At the same time we pray for peace in lands where there are brutal conflicts resulting in loss of life and unimaginable injuries, and where people, especially children, have to endure pain and sorrow everyday.
Date posted: Friday, December 30, 2016.
Last updated: December 31, 2016 (2:35 am EST, corrected stats).
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Thank you Malik Merchant and the Simerg team for sharing the Tree of Knowledge through various articles and pictures with readers like myself and and widening the horizon of our minds throughout the year!
A Happy New Year, and for 2017 I am looking forward to more inspiring articles.
Carry on the good work. There should be medals at Diamond Jubilee for such secular achievements.
I get happiness from the work that I do. I will take one graciously if it comes my way. Thanks for your kindness, though.
Nice. What is “views” – like someone opened the mail? Like I did here? I didn’t read any of the pieces, it being past 3 am in Uganda. Is “views” the best criterion? Should you not use comments as the criterion? I mean that would show the commentator read a piece? How many people subscribe to Simerg to judge what percentage “view”. Sorry for the nuisance!
Thank you for your feedback. Literally, yes, a view is somebody clicking on the link and, at least, seeing the article if not reading it. Comments are far and few in between to come. I have been reading the on-line versions of the New York Times and Christian Science Monitor avidly over the past several years but have never commented! Also, many views don’t get recorded based on a reader’s browser settings, country where the click originated and so on. I am satisfied that WP statistics are fairly accurate, and represent to me whether an article has been visited or not.