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Death of Mata Salamat - Om Habibeh - Ismaili Matriarch - 2000-07-01

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Saturday, 2000, July 1
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Death of Ismaili Muslim matriarch

The widow of the late spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, Begum Om Habibeh, has died in France at the age of ninety-four.

She was the fourth and last wife of the Aga Khan the Third who died in 1957. He is the grandfather of the present Aga Khan, Prince Karim. Begum Om Habibeh was known for her interest in women's welfare and for her work for the poor and elderly, especially in and around the city of Aswan in Egypt.

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Death of Ismaili Muslim matriarch-2001-07-01

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BBC World Service

The widow of the late spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, Begum Om Habibeh, has died in France at the age of ninety-four.

She was the fourth and last wife of the Aga Khan the Third who died in 1957. He is the grandfather of the present Aga Khan, Prince Karim. Begum Om Habibeh was known for her interest in women's welfare and for her work for the poor and elderly, especially in and around the city of Aswan in Egypt.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEGUM SULTAN MAHOMED SHAH AGA KHAN-2000-07-01

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Reuters

The Begum Om Habibeh, widow of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, 48th Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, grandfather of the present Aga Khan, died on the first of July at Le Cannet, South of France, in her ninety-fifth year.

Born Yvette Blanche Labrousse in 1906, in Sete near Marseilles, she was the fourth and last wife of the late Aga Khan III. The couple were married in Switzerland on October 9th, 1944.

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Depuis quelques années, ses apparitions se faisaient rares, peu à peu la maladie avait altéré sa santé, mais en aucun cas son incroyable port de reine. En mai 1999, elle assistait à l'inauguration d'une statue dressée en son honneur sur la place du village, drapée dans un de ses célèbres saris, le cheveu blanc impeccablement laqué et parée de ses éternels rangs de perles. Fidèles en cela à la mémoire de son mari, l'Aga Khan III, et à la fonction qu'elle a exercée à ses côtés.

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Chaque jour, depuis quarante-trois ans, les habitants d'Assouan guettaient sa silhouette hiératique en haut de ces dunes qui surplombent le Nil. Chaque jour - du moins lorsqu'elle résidait dans sa demeure Nour El-Salam, tout près des rives du fleuve égyptien - la bégum Om Habibeh déposait une rose sur le tombeau blanc de son époux. Aujourd'hui, celle qui aima à la folie le richissime sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III, quarante-huitième imam des musulmans chiites ismaéliens, disparu le 11 juillet 1957, repose auprès de lui pour l'éternité.

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HER HIGHNESS THE BEGUM AGA KHAN III, who has died aged 94, became her husband's fourth wife in 1944, and over the next 13 years proved that dissimilarity of background is no bar to a happy marriage.

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