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A special piece by Andrew Kosorok on the importance of volunteering as articulated by His Highness the Aga Khan in his 20th century speeches.

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Just before departing on a trip to Iran, Andrew Kosorok comes across a book which explains why Rumi’s poetry is so popular seven centuries after his life. From my review on By Andrew Kosorok In the mundane world, Rasoul Shams (his pen name) is an internationally respected professor of geology, educated and with academic […]

via The most popular American poet – Rumi Essays: On the Life, Poetry, and Vision of the Greatest Persian Sufi Poet — Ismailimail

A professor of Comparative Fiqh at Al-Azhar University, Saad al-Helaly, encouraged the universal celebration of Christmas, saying Muslims can celebrate the festivity without following its religious elements, encouraging a sense of solidarity between Muslims and Christians. Helaly explained that Muslims celebrating Christmas is like celebrating any other special festivity without adding religious justification or value. […]

via Al Azhar University (Muslim)professor encourages Muslims to celebrate the spirit of Christmas — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

By Andrew Kosorok (From my review on “So Peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”! Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute. –Qur’an 19:32, […]

via First Among Saints – Dr. Zeki Saritoprak on Islam’s Jesus — Ismailimail

‘The Sultan and the Saint’ revives 800-year-old interfaith exchange A new film recounts the unlikely friendship between St. Francis of Assisi and the nephew of the great Muslim leader Saladin. On Tuesday (Dec. 26), PBS ( will air the result of Alex Kronemer’s fascination with the story in “The Sultan and the Saint,” a one-hour documentary […]

via This Christmas, watch ‘The Sultan and the Saint’ on PBS TV — Ismailimail

(Andrew Kosorok’s review published on We rarely if ever really see ourselves as products of our own cultures – our culture is the sea we swim in or the air we walk through, something we exist within but rarely identify. Yet we habitually use our own culture as a ruler or benchmark for […]

via The sea we swim in – Dr. Al Lily’s Bro Code of Saudi Culture — Ismailimail

By Andrew Kosorok. Ismailimail exclusive. On October 13, Brigham Young University hosted the Utah premier of UPF’s The Sultan and The Saint, a retelling of the astounding meeting between the Sultan of Egypt Malik al-Kamil and the man who became St. Francis of Assisi – a meeting directly responsible for the ending of […]

via That Which Unites Us – the Utah Premier of UPF’s The Sultan and The Saint at the Brigham Young University — Ismailimail

via Raven Animation Paris: Epistles of the Brethren of Purity — Ismailimail

By ANDREW KOSOROK In Western media there is a consistently badgering narrative reminding us that Islam is a vast monolith of secret, closely knit terrorist cells, just aching for the go-ahead to make their dastardly move. Except for the serious subject matter, this absurdity is almost comically profound — but when mere moments are given […]

via Building God’s Kingdom – Prince Karim Aga Khan, the Atomic Imam, on patriotism and community — Barakah

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