Barakah’s Sister Blogs

This page is a brief introduction to Barakah’s two sister websites, Simerg and Simergphotos. The page will be updated with links to a selection of new pieces posted on each of the two websites.


SIMERG: Insights from Around the World

Literary readings from Ismaili history, artistic expressions by Ismaili artists, Jamatkhanas, books by Ismaili authors, interviews, Ismaili volunteer stories, iconic series dedicated to special subjects, tributes to deceased Ismailis, essays and letters are among the categories covered in Simerg. Here are a few recent selections posted on Simerg, which was launched in 2009.

For Simerg’s full Table of Contents (TOC), click 2009 to 2019 and 2020 to Current


Simergphotos description follows photo collage

Simerg and Simergphotos.
Top: Aga Khan visits Nairobi primary school (Simergphotos), Ismaili author series (Simerg); Bottom: Hawk at Aga Khan Park (Simergphotos), Tribute to deceased Ismailis (Simerg).


SIMERGPHOTOS: Photos and Videos From Around the World

Superb travel essays, nature photos, cultural events, historic monuments, festivals, foods from around the world, coverage of community and AKDN related events, and photo essays one would least expect are all part of Simergphotos that was launched in 2012 as an offshoot of Simerg, to focus on visual expressions. Prior to the 2017 launch of Barakah, which is dedicated to His Highness the Aga Khan, picture stories related to the Ismaili Imam, for example Headmistress Jean Kirk’s collection of photos of the Aga Khan’s Nairobi primary school visit, appeared in Simergphotos. Here are the a few recent selection posted on Simergphotos:

For full TOC of Simergphotos from 2012 to current, click HERE.

Date page first created: February 5, 2023.
Last updated: March 14, 2023.