• Rethinking ‘Islamic Art’

    January 13, 2015

    The recently opened Aga Khan Museum is the first institution in North America devoted primarily to what it terms the “artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Islamic civilizations.” The museum is a Fumihiko Maki building that uses light and shadow to create a a spacious environment. Its stated mission is to impress upon visitors the variety and high quality of what is often referred to as “Islamic art.” The museum uses beauty to lure viewers to appreciate the distinctiveness among Muslim civilizations.

  • The Nation Media Group has appointed veteran journalist Peter Mwaura as its first-ever public editor to handle readers’ concerns and questions. This appointment is in line with Nation's commitment to self-regulation and willingness to open up to criticism. "It will be [Mwara's] task to ensure the Nation Media Group is transparent, accessible, and accountable" said executive Linus Gitahi.

  • Dastangoi, the 16th century art form of Urdu storytelling, has seen a surge in popularity in these contemporary times. In Delhi, Dastongoi workshops have become mainstream, training even youth from the Nizamuddin basti, under a project supported by Aga Khan Trust for Culture. 

  • The Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed agreement for 2 million US dollars under the Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility. Mr. Kwang Young Choi, CEO of KICB said that this "demonstrates commitment of KICB to promote energy efficiency initiatives in Kyrgyzstan." KICB was established in 2001 and is now the largest commercial bank in Kyrgyzstan.

  • The Aga Khan Hospital in Tanzania is finalizing discussions with Amana Regional Referral Hospital to embark on a Public Private Partnership to improve health services. The Aga Khan Regional Chief Executive Officer said the relationship will allow Amana hospital to refer patients to Aga Khan Hospital. The Aga Khan Hospital has played a vital role in providing services that were previously found in hospitals out of the country, thereby assisting the government to cut down on costs of taking patients abroad or to neighbouring countries for treatment.