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2010-05 Canada

Stephen Harper

Friday, May 28, 2010, His Highness the Aga Khan will participate in the Foundation Ceremony with several members of his family: Prince Amyn, Prince Rahim, Prince Husayn, Princess Khaliya, to mark the beginning of the development of the Ismaili Centre, the first-ever Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture, and their Park, in Toronto's Don Mills area

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat: Album

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

"The Delegation will serve a representational role for the Imamat and its non-denominational, philanthropic and development agencies which constitute the Aga Khan Development Network – the AKDN. An open, secular facility, the Delegation will be a sanctuary for peaceful, quiet diplomacy, informed by the Imamat’s outlook of global convergence and the development of civil society.

2008-12-06 Canada Delegation

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

Exclusive Photos of the Opening of the delegation building

2005-05-(18-21) Ottawa

2004, May 21: He didn't attract as much attention as the Dalai Lama. He rarely does. But by the time he had slipped in and out of Ottawa on his private jet, the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Imami Ismaili Muslims, had given the city, and the country, a major gift. The Geneva-born imam, who is now based just outside Paris, has announced the creation of the Global Centre for Pluralism, which will be based in Ottawa.

Interview CTV Television Network


November 13, 1978.

Q. As spiritual leader of the world's 20 million Ismailis, the Aga Khan is a direct descendant of Mohammed. As a political and a social leader He is a man of enormous wealth and responsibility. The Aga Khan is a friend of the Shah of Iran. Many of His followers live there. I asked Him in Ottawa yesterday what someone in his situation might do when a country such as Iran is thrown into the turmoil and crisis.


Hazar Imam with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada at the Global Centre fro Pluralism, Ottawa


Prime Minister Harper
Honorable Ministers
Your Excellencies
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

It was just eighteen months ago that the Government of Canada announced its decision to partner with the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in our Global Centre for Pluralism. What we welcomed at that time was a multi-faceted partnership—financial, yes, but also institutional and intellectual.

The Aga Khan brought prosperity to his faithful and now looks to uplift world’s bottom billion 2018-05-03

His Highness the Aga Khan (seen with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) is the 49th hereditary Imam of the world's Shia Ismaili Musl

The Ismaili spiritual leader marks Diamond Jubilee with world tour, will be visiting Vancouver from May 5 to 7

If you have ever visited an Ismaili home or business establishment, you may have come across a portrait of a gentleman who looks like an industry magnate or European aristocratic. He appears too "official" to be a family member, and then there’s the positioning of the image—usually displayed prominently at the centre of a mantle or beneath special lighting.

So who is this mysterious man?

Canada Visit 2008

Canada Visit 2008

Minister Jason Kenney greets Hazar Imam on His arrival to Canada for the Golden Jubilee visit

Message from Mawlana Hazar Imam to the worldwide Jamat.on occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr 2020-05-23

Message from Mawlana Hazar Imam, 23 May 2020

My beloved spiritual children,

On the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, I send my special loving blessings to my Jamats throughout the world for your happiness, peace, safety, and good health. My family joins me in wishing you all Eid Mubarak.

Global Centre of Pluralism in Ottawa

Global Centre of Pluralism in Ottawa

His Highness the Aga Khan meets with The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs 20005-04-18


Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2017
Date Published  2017
Authors  Karim, Karim H.

Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam
Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada

Key Words  Ismaili Mission Conference Studies

A Semiotics of Infinite Translucence: The Exoteric and Esoteric in Ismaili Muslim Hermeneutics

Publication Type  Article
Year of Publication  2015
Date Published  2015
Authors  Karim, Karim H.
Original Publication  Canadian Journal of Communication
Volume  Vol 40
Issue  (2015)
Pagination  11-28
Publisher  Canadian Journal of Communication
Key Words  Islam; Hermeneutics; Semiotics; Public sphere; Private sphere

Statement by the Prime Minister on the birthday of His Highness the Aga Khan 2019-12-13

Hazar Imam with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada during the Diamond Jubilee visit
newswire.ca CISION

OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2019 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark the birthday of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan:

"Today, we join Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 83rd birthday of their spiritual leader, His Highness the Aga Khan.



Hazar Imam with Prime Minister Stephen Harper opens $50-million building is to be the permanent home of the Ismaili Imamat delegation on Sussex Drive



Hazar Imam with the 2019 Global Pluralism Award and the three winners of the award as well as seven honourable mentions


Speech by His Highness The Aga Khan at the 2019 Global Pluralism Award Ceremony, Ottawa 2019-11-20

His Highness the Aga Khan delivers remarks during the Global Pluralism Award ceremony held at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imam


The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson,
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean,
The Right Honorable Joe Clark,
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
Friends of the Global Centre for Pluralism,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you this evening to the second Global Pluralism Award ceremony.

Thank you, Meredith, for the warm introduction. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted that you have joined the Centre as Secretary General.

MHI Speech at GCP Ottawa - 11-20-2019

MHI Speech at GCP Ottawa - 11-20-2019

Hazar Imam speaking at the 2019 Annual Global Pluralism Award ceremony in Ottawa, Canada 2019-11-20



Mowlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra arrive in Ottawa for the Global Pluralism Award ceremony to held on November 20, 2019 2019-11-19

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