The Six-lecture Series Programme: Partnership between Shia Ismaili Muslim community and the Royal Ontario Museum

Dr Alice Hunsberger in conversation with ITREB educators at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on 24 October 2014. Zulfikar Hirji ZULFIKAR HIRJI
Dr Alice Hunsberger in conversation with ITREB educators at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on 24 October 2014. Zulfikar Hirji/

The six-lecture series is part of a programme partnership between the Shia Ismaili Muslim community and the Royal Ontario Museum, and is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles, which showcases the museum’s renowned collection of Islamic textiles from the 7th-14th centuries, including a number of important Fatimid examples.

Through a series, leading scholars of Islamic history, literature, arts, and architecture have been journeying into the thousand-year-old city of Cairo, describing how its buildings and urban makeup have been reshaped over the centuries, and sharing the historic impressions recorded by medieval visitors in their writings.

Cairo, a bustling metropolis that is home to more than 7 million people, has been the talk of Toronto — at least in the halls of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Ismaili Centre.

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About ROM World Art & Culture

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is home to one of the world’s most extensive and eclectic collections of art and other cultural and historical objects. The scale of our collection is enormous, with tens of thousands of artifacts representing the entire sweep of human history. As the product of human invention, the fine arts and design in various media, popular arts, functional objects and the built environment are a direct extension of human thought and experience, shaping and reflecting historical and cultural identities. ROM research examines the complex and fascinating histories of different times and places, and to relate these explorations to our contemporary experience.

About Ismaili Centre, Toronto

About Ismaili Centre, Toronto

The Ismaili Centre, Toronto is situated, together with the Aga Khan Museum, within a 6.8-hectare landscaped park, a new space for the public that showcases the work of three renowned architects. Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki designed the Aga Khan Museum, while Indian architect Charles Correa designed the Ismaili Centre. The Park, which features a formal garden, was designed by architect Vladimir Djurovic of Lebanon. The Canadian firm Moriyama & Teshima are the architects for the entire project and responsible for integrating all aspects of the project.

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