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Systematics: The Universal Language

Language, a set of recognizable patterns, is arguably humanity’s greatest achievement. Through language, each generation is able to record, preserve, enhance and most importantly, pass down the knowledge from the past. Language, the programing…

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From AKDN to AKA: A Systematic Vision

This paper addresses the following questions: “What is the primary purpose of AKDN?” “What are the essential values or ethics which inform the AKDN’s vision?” “How does the establishment of Aga Khan Academy support the vision of AKDN?”

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Time and Knowledge Nazrana: A Quest Through the Seven Valleys

This post discusses the fulfillment of my Time and Knowledge Nazrana, but it is a very different kind of post. Here, you will not find the details of my TKN assignment, the numbers of hours I clocked, how I went about working in a new setting, or the resulting impact of my work.

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Birthday: A Celebration of My Spiritual Lineage

During the weeks leading up to my birthday this year, I fervently searched for the true meaning of a birthday. I wanted to know what it is that I am supposed to be celebrating and I assumed that once I knew that, it would be easy to figure out how I am supposed to be spending that day.

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Dasond: A Joyful Dance

Chandraat has always been about checks and balances. My mother would open her accounting log and record my parents’ earnings, deduct the amount for Dasond, and then distribute individual allowances. If it was the Chandraat after Bakra Eid, then my brother…

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From Shri Krishna to Shah Karim – My Journey Home

Of the three living generations of my family, I can confidently say that not a single person has read the Holy Quran in its entirety. Leaving the family history aside, I attempted to read it a couple different times with no real progress. So when I lived on my own in Connecticut, my time was primarily spent…

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A Higher Purpose

As a westerner in the midst of a war zone, I always wondered why such great emphasis was placed on restoring Bagh-e-Babur (Gardens of Babur) in 2002, in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan. When I visited Bagh-e-Babur in 2010, I remember thinking, “Wow, people risked…

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