“I Wish I’d Been There” – Links Via Full Size Images

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  1. Ghadir-Khumm and the Two Weighty Matters
  2. Ikhwan al-Safa
  3. The Love for Ali
  4. The Eid-i Qiyama!
  5. Al-Qahirah: Then and Now
  6. Khawja Nasir Tusi’s Tales
  7. Pir Satgur Nur: Miracles in Ginan ‘Putla’
  8. Ismaili Penmanship in 1906
  9. Discourses of Hazrat Ali
  10. Ibn Ridwan and Supernova 1006
  11. Light the Candle of Wisdom in the Heart
  12. A Fida’i Mission: Into Saladin’s Tent
  13. His Name is Jawhar
  14. Inferno of Alamut
  15. Fatimid Power and Learning Spirit
  16. A Young Murid Aspires to Understand Commonalities Between Past and Present
  17. Hazrat Ali’s Example: What We Can Do Today
  18. Varas Ismail Gangji: The Turning Point
  19. The Three Kings Without Crowns
  20. “Riding Forth to Open the Canal” with Nasir Khusraw
  21. Weaving a Web of Silence, Only to Know
  22. A Christian Envoy at the Ghadir Khumm Campsite
  23. Volunteering at the Dawn of the Age of Imamat
  24. The Unveiling at Sijilmasa
  25. Beginnings….
  26. Another Shalimar
  27. A Unique Moment in the Life of the Punjab Jamat
  28. The Faith of My Forefathers
  29. 13th-14th Century “Avatar” Discourses; 1885 – Aga Khan III Investiture; 1907 – Aga Khan III in New York
  30. The Mind of Yazid, the Faith of Hussein

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Hussein Rashid – “The Mind of Yazid, The Faith of Hussein”

IMAGE: A DESERT SCENE
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Zahir Dharsee: “Avatar Discourses, Aga Khan III Installation and Aga Khan III in New York”

IMAGE: HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN III INSTALLATION

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Ameer Janmohamed – “The Faith of My Forefathers”

IMAGE: A FOLIO FROM A GINAN MANUSCRIPT AND A SCENE ON THE FRONT COVER OF TAZIM KASSAM’S BOOK “SONGS OF WISDOM AND CIRCLES OF DANCE”

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Ali M. Rajput – “A Unique Moment in the Life of the Punjab Jamat”

IMAGE: TWO BOATS TO REFLECT IMAM SULTAN MUHAMMAD SHAH’S GUIDANCE TO THE PUNJAB JAMAT (IN QUOTES)

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Shamas Nanji – “Another Shalimar”

IMAGE: SHALIMAR GARDENS, LAHORE, PAKISTAN

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Farzana Meru – “Beginnings”

IMAGE: A DESERT SCENE

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Aleem Karmali – “The Unveiling of Imam al-Mahdi at Sijilmasa”

IMAGE: MAP OF CURRENT DAY MOROCCO  SHOWING THE RELATIVE LOCATION OF SIJILMASA WHERE IMAM AL-MAHDI REVEALED HIMSELF

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Aziz Kurwa – “Volunteering at the Dawning of the Age of Imamat”

IMAGE: PRESENT DAY VOLUNTEERS; INFINITY (CIRCLES) TO REFLECT TWO WEIGHTY MATTERS AND ETERNITY OF THE DIVINE INSTITUTION OF IMAMAT, AS ALSO SHOWN BY THE NUMBERS 1-49………..

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Barnaby Rogerson – “A Christian Envoy at the Ghadir Khumm Campsite”

IMAGE: A REPRESENTATION OF THE KAABA SHOWN ON THE COVER OF A EUROPEAN EDITION OF ONE OF BARNABY ROGERSON’S BOOK

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Navyn Naran – “Weaving a Web of Silence, Only to Know”

IMAGE: A ‘SPIDER’ WEB AND A PHOTO TO REFLECT THE NARRATIVE OF THE PROPHET’S MIGRATION TO MEDINA AND THE AGA KHAN’S VISIT TO BADAKSHAN

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Alice Hunsberger – “Riding Forth to Open the Canal” with Nasir Khusraw

IMAGE: A VINTAGE PRINT ILLUSTRATING THE NILOMETER IN CAIRO

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PMohib Ebrahim – “The Three Kings Without Crowns”

IMAGE: A COLONIAL MAP OF EAST AFRICA WITH IMAGES OF TOPAN, PAROO AND VISRAM

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Maleksultan J. Merchant: “Varas Ismail Gangji: The Turning Point”

IMAGE: A PORTRAIT OF VARAS GANGJI ALONGSIDE HIS MOTHER’S QUOTE ON TRUTH

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Pervis Rawji: “Hazrat Ali’s Example: What We Can Do Today”

IMAGE: AN ISMAILI CROWD IN BADAKHSHAN AS THEY LISTEN TO THEIR 49TH IMAM, HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN

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Khalil Andani: “August 8 1164: The Great Resurrection”

IMAGE: A MODERN DAY PAINTING DEPICTING THE ALAMUT VALLEY

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Shellyza Moledina – “A Young Murid Aspires to Understand Commonalities”

IMAGE: A SIGN REFLECTING THE WRITER’S TOPIC

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Heena Jiwani: “Fatimid Power and Learning Spirit”

IMAGE: A VINTAGE PRINT OF THE AL-AZHAR UNIVERSITY

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Shariffa Keshavjee: “Inferno of Alamut”

IMAGE: A MODERN DAY CASTLE ON FIRE

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IMAGE: FATIMID ARMY AND ARMORY BASED ON AVAILABLE DESCRIPTIONS, WITH A PORTRAIT OF JAWHAR

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Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev: “Light the Candle of Wisdom in the Heart”

IMAGE: A STATUE OF NASIR KHUSRAW IN BADAKHSHAN

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Shazia’Ayn and Aliya-Nur Babul: A Fida’i Mission – Into Saladin’s Tent

IMAGE: A MEDIEVAL SCENE – ARMY AND TENTS SET IN A VALLEY IN THE MIDST OF MOUNTAINS.

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Aliza Moledina: “Ibn Ridwan: Supernova 1006”

IMAGE: JUST OVER A  THOUSAND YEARS AGO, THE STELLAR EXPLOSION KNOWN AS SUPERNONVA SN 1006 WAS OBSERVED AND RECORDED BY FATIMID ASTRONOMER IBN RIDWAN. THIS COMPOSITE VIEW INCLUDES X-RAY DATA IN BLUE FROM CHANDRA OBSERVATORY, OPTICAL DATA IN YELLOWISH HUES AND RADIO IMAGE DATA IN RED. 

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Tajdin Dhala: “Discourses of Hazrat Ali”

IMAGE: A FOLIO FROM HAZRAT ALI’S NAHJ AL-BALAGHA (PEAKS OF ELOQUENCE). PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA.

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Zul Khoja: “Ismaili Penmanship in 1906”

IMAGE: AN ANTIQUE PEN, A THUMBNAIL PHOTO OF ALI VELJI AND A LINE FROM HIS GUJARATI NOTEBOOK

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Karim Maherali: Pir Satgur Nur – Miracles in Ginan ‘Putla’

IMAGE: THE MAUSOLEUM OF PIR SATGUR NUR IN NAVSARI, GUJARAT, INDIA, AND A THUMBNAIL DEPICTING A PUTLA (IDOL). 

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Arif Babul: “Khawja Nasir Tusi’s Tales”

IMAGE: TOP LEFT IS IMAGE CROPPED FROM AZERBAIZAN STAMP COMMEMORATING TUSI’S 800TH ANIVERSARY, THEN CLOCKWISE: TUSI WITH STUDENTS, MARAGHA OBSERVATORY, MONGOL SIEGE AT ALAMUT, CONTEMPORARY ART WORK OF THE ALAMUT CASTLE AND ADJOINING VALLEY

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Zarina Moosa: “Al-Qahira – Then and Now”

IMAGE: AL-AZHAR UNIVERSITY,  A PLATE OF EGYPTIAN PASTRY KAHK, PLANET MARS, IMAM MUI’ZZ FATIMID GOLD DINAR, A VIEW OF CAIRO FROM AL-AZHAR PARK

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Jalaledin Ebrahim: “Eid-i Qiyama!”

IMAGE: HASAN-I SABBAH ACQUIRED THE FORTRESS OF ALAMUT FROM A CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL NAMED MAHDI, AND GAVE A DRAFT OF 3,000 GOLD DINARS AS THE PRICE OF THE CASTLE. THE VELLUM DOCUMENT IN THE CENTRE OF THE IMAGE IS DEEMED TO BE A LATER COPY OF THIS DRAFT. PHOTO: THE INSTITUTE OF ISMAILI STUDIES.

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Altaf Hajiyani: “Love for Ali”

IMAGE: A MODERN COMPUTER-AIDED SHI`ITE CALLIGRAPHIC DESIGN, WITH THE NAME OF `ALI IN THE CENTER. CALLIGRAPHY HAS THE PROPHET’S WORDS “DHIKR ALI IBADA” (REMEMBRANCE OF ALI IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP).” SOURCE: AL-ISLAM.ORG

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Raheel Lakhani: “Ikhwan al-Safa”

IMAGE: THE EARLIEST MANUSCRIPT (LEFT) OF THE RASA’IL IN THE INSTITUTE OF ISMAILI STUDIES COLLECTION PROBABLY ORIGINATES FROM SYRIA AND WAS COPIED IN THE MID-THIRTEENTH CENTURY; OTHER MANUSCRIPTS IN THE COLLECTION WERE COPIED BETWEEN THE SIXTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES IN PERSIA AND INDIA. CREDIT: THE INSTITUTE OF ISMAILI STUDIES.

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Jehangir A. Merchant: “Ghadir-Khumm and the Two Weighty Matters”

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