The Ryersonian | Review: Aga Khan Museum is the cherry on Toronto’s multicultural cake

Opinon editor Fatima Kazmi for The Ryersonian, reviews the newly opened Aga Khan museum in Don Mills.

Barbara Smatlanek drove from Sudbury to visit the museum and she said she was pleasantly surprised to see its collection.

“It opens the door to another culture we don’t usually see.”

She says the museum challenges the stereotypes that Islam is a violent religion: “Islam (is) not just what you see on the news, all the yuck, yuck stuff. This is it.

 … Perhaps the most interesting thing about the museum is its active performing arts calendar, what Alibhai calls “a multi-sensory introduction to civilizations that are often painted with a single brush.” The auditorium will host performers from different parts of the globe, focusing on acts that depict traditions of Islamic communities.

For fine diners, the museum’s Diwan restaurant offers tastes of Turkey, Iran, North Africa, Central and South Asia. For those in search of merchandise, the building has a gift shop that features items inspired by the museum’s collection of nearly 1,000 artifacts.


A new Torotno museum is offering visitors a chance to see aspects of Islam they may never have known existed.

Review Fatima Kazmi: Aga Khan Museum is the cherry on Toronto’s multicultural cake | Ryersonian.caThe Aga Khan Museum opened its state-of-the-art facility in suburbain Don Mills to the public last Thursday. Flocks of adults, teens, and seniors whizzed through, but the ticket counter was never clear of visitors. Curious eyes implicitly asked, “What’s all the hype about?”

The hype is real — and rightfully so.

The project is funded by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the religious leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community, and his organization, the Aga Khan Development Network.

The museum is the first of its kind, displaying artifacts from Islamic civilizations over the centuries. As the first museum of Islamic art in all of North America, it acts as a pioneer of pluralism and tolerance.

Read more at the souirce REVIEW: Aga Khan Museum is the cherry on Toronto’s multicultural cake | Ryersonian.ca.


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