By Abdulmalik J. Merchant
What is Simerg?” This curiosity is appreciated. Many who have an answer will still ask for verification: “It is from the The Conference of the Birds, isn’t it?”
Yes, indeed it is, but with a variation in the spelling to make this site unique.
Simerg will seek to promote originality through the following sections:
In Voices, Simerg will interview as well as seek feedback from interesting and insightful individuals on topics which are relevant to Muslims and the faith of Islam, without excluding science and ethics, culture and religion in general. The interviews will be with Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Literary Readings will consist of inspiring and educational readings from the Alid and the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim traditions. The readings will be succint, educational and informative. New readings will be added on a regular basis.
Modern Artistic Expressions will be dedicated to the expressions of the modern Ismaili community in the areas of Visual Arts and Poetry.
Historical Photographs will become a resource of rare and unique photographs from individual collections as well as photo libraries. The photos will chronicle the Ismailis from the late 19th century onwards under a wide variety of topics including: Portraits, Monuments as well as the Social Life and Customs of the Ismailis.
Parables will illustrate a moral or religious lesson through short simple stories found in Islamic Literature as well as other faiths and cultures, from the earliest times to the present.
Sidelines is where you will get opinions and news on any subject; perhaps, a place for uninvolved people seeking to engage themselves with something that could be of interest.
Collections will offer extraordinary books and extraordinary objects including rare, antiquarian and out of print texts pertaining to the Muslim world, as well some unique selections of more recent works by Muslims.
Essays and Letters will be a venue through which we will seek to bring the best writings in fiction, nonfiction, art, film and literature written by authors, both new and established in the literary community.
To add to all this Simerg, on June 5, 2011, introduced a cultural channel on Youtube called Simergculture. Please click simergculture.
In addition, we shall be running special series on specific topics. Some of the published ones include:
On March 29, 2012 we instituted another series, Thanking Ismaili Historical Figures, to celebrate this blog’s three year presence on the internet. A few months later a special photo blog to accompany this literary website was launched, Please visit the blog at www.simergphotos.com which has some unique photo essays. In 2013, we introduced Stories of Ismaili Volunteers.
For a complete list of all the articles published on this blog/Website since its launch in March 2009, please click What’s New.
The search box is located at the top right of the page. Please enter your key words to locate corresponding articles.
Currently (November 2013) Simerg receives between 30,000 – 35,000 views every month, and has a base subscriber list of 1100. In the 4 year period since March 2009, it has received 1,400,000 hits.
Your input and literary contributions as well as photo essays (for Simergphotos) will be key factors in the continued success of Simerg and Simergphotos..
Date page updated: November 11, 2013.
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