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Photos and Text FNDA Architecture Inc.  Special to Simergphotos and Simerg Note: Please refresh page if your browser displays overlapping photos/text. THE FOUNDATION CEREMONY, August 30, 2003 Today’s ceremony represents a milestone in the history of the Ismaili Muslim Community’s presence in Central Asia, a presence which dates…

“Ba Shokouh” – The Magnificent Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PUBLISHER Thursday, May 15, 2014 The rich history and literary traditions of the Ismaili community in China have been inadequately studied in modern times, and so it was a distinct honour for this website and its sister blog,, to feature…

Photo Essay: Ismailis in China



Compiled and prepared by Malik Merchant Editor, Simergphotos INTRODUCTION: Sussex Drive with some other connecting streets in the National Capital Region, makes up what is known as the Confederation Boulevard or the “ceremonial and discovery route”.  In order to connect these streets visually, urban designers employed the use of…

Photo Essay: Celebrating Sussex Drive, His Highness the Aga Khan and, Five Years on, the Crystalline Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building



INTRODUCTION Armed with a special magnifying lens, some surgical equipment and plenty of courage and faith, Badrudin Kurwa set out on a mission to restore sight to people blinded by cataracts in a remote corner of the world – Chitral in Northern Pakistan. His mission was part…

Photo Essay: Chitral Through the Lens of an Eye Surgeon



Introduced by Malik Merchant Publisher-Editor, and After viewing a collection of Muslim Harjis’s photos of India’s street foods, I was not surprised to read in Via Rail’s latest issue of Destinations magazine that Vikram Vij, the man behind Vancouver’s iconic formal dining restaurant Vij’s, travels to India every year and spends…

Photo Essay: Street Foods of India by Muslim Harji



“EDUCATING A WOMAN MEANS EDUCATING A WHOLE FAMILY” China’s Hui Muslims are unique in many respects. The country’s second-largest ethnic minority share linguistic and cultural ties with the majority in China that have allowed them to practice their religion with less interference and fewer restrictions…

Chinese Female Imams – A Short 8-Minute Film



By Malik Merchant, Editor One would think that Gerald Ferreira of 3d Car Shows would only focus on cars. Only my love for cars and what Ferreira’s website represents would take me there, but yesterday I went to his blog for a totally different reason – a short…

Google and Nasir al-Din Tusi

INTRODUCTION (introduction adapted from The Metropolitan Museum of Art) An amulet [similar to a talisman] is any object that is imbued with protective powers, and all cultures and faiths have manifestations of such objects. In the world of Islam, they bear Qur’anic inscriptions, and religious narratives.…

The Tradition of Amulets and Talisman in the Muslim World



TANZANIA’S NGORONGORO CRATER, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND OLDUVAI GORGE Images clickable for enlargement Three striking and important areas of Tanzania in eastern Africa are shown in this color-coded shaded relief image from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. The largest circular feature in the center right is…

Important Areas of Tanzania and Other African Countries from Space



BY ELIA BADRUDIN Salaam , al Salaam, O salaam to all of humanity, Peace al Salamiyeh , KNOW that Peace will be again. the heavens will smile on you again. all humanity which speaks for Peace has promised that the planet has your place al…

Salamiyya and Syria: “Peace Will Be Again”

Editor’s note: During the short 4 month period since its launch in September 2012, Simergphotos has published over twenty remarkable photo stories as well as historical images. A few of the published photo essays have been adapted for this blog from the original pieces which first appeared at the companion literary website,,…

2012 Simerg Photo Collection: His Highness the Aga Khan, Alamut, Bagamoyo, Jefferson’s Qur’an, Tanganyika, the White House…and more



“THE ENDURING RESPECT IN THE 21ST CENTURY FOR A BOOK WRITTEN A MILLENIUM EARLIER IS A TESTIMONY TO IBN SINA’S ACHIEVEMENT” –  Mona N. Tibi and Emilie Savage-Smith Compiled by Malik Merchant Editor, & INTRODUCTION: On Sunday November 25, 2012, Simergphotos began a weekly/bi-weekly series…

Historical Images: Ibn Sina and His Canon of Medicine



A WEEKLY/BI-WEEKLY FEATURE PRESENTeD BY SIMERGPHOTOS Compiled By Malik Merchant, Editor (material sources listed at the end of the article) On Sunday November 25, 2012, Simergphotos began a weekly (or bi-weekly) publication of historical illustrations that underline an artistic, ethical, moral, religious or scientific theme.This second piece introduces readers to a rare…

Historical Images: President Thomas Jefferson’s Copy of the Qur’an

Introduced by Malik Merchant Weekly (or bi-weekly), commencing Sunday November 25, 2012, Simergphotos will publish an historical illustration which underlines an artistic, ethical, moral, religious or scientific theme.The following illustration was created/published in 1861, at just about the time the American Federal Goverment was making the abolition of slavery a Civil War goal. Description…

Historical Images: The American Declaration of Independence Illustrated


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