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Rizwan Mawani
Rizwan Mawani is an educator, scholar and research consultant with experience in more than 30 countries. Rizwan was previously Research Coordinator and Lead Researcher in The Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Department of Community Relations where from 2005-2009, he conducted field research on Muslim practices amongst 50 communities in 17 countries from Senegal and Iran to China and Indonesia. He is authoring two books featuring his research and photographs exploring the diversity of ritual, piety, space and music amongst contemporary Muslims. Rizwan has a background in anthropology and religious studies and regularly speaks to international audiences ranging from students to policy makers. He also tweets at @rmawani.

Entries by Rizwan Mawani

Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:54 PM

2014-09-27-IsmailiCentre2.JPG The Ismaili Centre Toronto at Dusk. Photo: Rizwan Mawani

With all the attention that has been recently showered on Toronto's Aga Khan Museum, which opened its doors to the public on September 18th, it is easy to forget there is another...

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A Relationship of Mutual Respect and Admiration: His Highness the Aga Khan Becomes First Faith Leader to Address Joint Session of Canadian Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Greeted by a standing ovation, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Shi'a Imam of the world's Ismaili Muslim population addressed a joint session of Canadian Parliament on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The sub-zero temperatures and intermittent snowflakes weren't enough to stop members of the House of Commons and the Senate...

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The Intricacies of Succession: Two Claimants Emerge for Dawoodi Bohra Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 12:37 PM

The passing of the 52nd da'i al-mutlaq, Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin in Mumbai on January 17th wasn't a complete surprise. Members of the one million strong Dawoodi Bohra community had begun to notice the deteriorating health of their da'i more acutely in 2011, when at the age of 100, he suffered...

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The Bohras: Understanding Shi'a Succession in a Muslim Community

(6) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 12:49 PM


The passing of Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin, the 52nd da'i al-mutlaq of the Dawoodi Tayyibi Musta'li Ismailis, Friday in Mumbai left a community of approximately one million adherents mournful and bereaved. During his 102-year life, he continued the work of the previous da'i, his...

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Hajj Diaries: The Multiple Dimensions of Muslim Pilgrimage

(9) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 7:30 AM

One week after the rising of the new moon in the lunar month of Dhu'l Hijja, the last month of the Muslim calendar, more than three million pilgrims travel to the western Arabian city of Mecca. As they have done for over 1400 years in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad,...

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