Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims has committed to build a poject in Toronto that will showcase the progressive side of Islamic culture to the people.The centre is supposed to built at Eglinton Avenue and Wynford Drive, a part of the city best known for its dreary anonymity.
Mumbai based architect Charles Correa, has been roped in to design the complex.
The intention, is to show the "plurality of Islam," something which North Americans could always be reminded of, said the Aga Khan.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week conferred honorary citizenship on the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.
The Aga Khan was in the city last week to mark the groundbreaking for the first museum of Islamic art and culture in North America, an Ismaili centre and park.
There are more than 30,000 Ismailis in Toronto alone.