Posted on June 26, 2019 by Chester Ronning Centre

Join us on September 17, 2019 for a Lunch & Learn with Aleem Karmali, filmmaker of the documentary “Islamic Gardens: Catalysts for Change.”

Aga Khan Garden, University of Alberta Botanic Garden

September 17, 2019

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Mayer Family Community Hall, Lougheed Performing Arts Centre 

The Aga Khan Garden, billed as the world’s northernmost Islamic garden, opened to the public in June 2018 at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. Islamic gardens are often portrayed as symbolic reflections of the Qur’an’s descriptions of paradise and, thus, as a place of spiritual connection. So, why would the Aga Khan Development Network, which focuses on poverty alleviation and improving quality of life in Asia and Africa, build an Islamic garden in Edmonton? In what ways do such gardens also serve to improve social, economic, environmental, and educational aspects of life? These questions will be explored through the screening of a short documentary, “Islamic Gardens: Catalysts for Change,” and a discussion with the filmmaker, Aleem Karmali.

Please register at | 780-679-1626. This is a FREE event. $5 lunch available upon registration. Students EAT FREE but must register, compliments of the Augustana Alumni Office and the Chester Ronning Centre.

Aleem Karmali, Ismaili Institutions for Canada

Aleem Karmali is a documentary filmmaker, educator, and academic. Over the past 20 years, he has produced numerous films through his independent production company, Crescent Productions, including several documentaries that explore the history and diversity of Islam and Muslim cultures and societies. He also works for the Shia Ismaili Muslim community in Canada, developing adult religious education content. His educational background includes a BA in Communication Studies and Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies and Humanities from the Institute of Ismaili Studies, and an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London.


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