The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/17/08

Muslim leader Aga Khan arrives at Fulton County Airport - Photos

The Aga Khan, head of the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims, arrives at Fulton County Airport on Thursday. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

Dr. Mahmoud Eboo (left), the president of Ismaili Council for the United States; The Aga Khan; and Chris Young, director of International Affairs for the state Department of Economic Development, stand for two national anthems to represent the guest and the host. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

Local worshippers welcome the holy visitor. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

Sannah Vasaya, 18, from Snellville waves flags with other members of the Ismaili community. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

A band greeted him with the Ismaili anthem and the U.S. national anthem, and a representative from Gov. Sonny Perdue's office as well as local politicians were on hand to welcome him. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

He will speak in closed session with Ismailis from around the Southeast while here and give a lecture at North Atlanta High School that will attract students and teachers from around the country in the International Baccalaureate program. The Aga Khan is known for his interest in education, sponsoring

The Aga Khan is well-known not only as a leader of the Ismailis, a sect of the Shiite branch of Islam, but also as a businessman and philanthropist. The Aga Khan shows his delight with jockey Mick Kinane, left, after his horse Azamour won the Prince of Wales Stakes during the second day of Royal Ascot at York racecourse, York, England, in 2005. Associated Press

The Aga Khan wears the Golden Jubilee attire in a 2007 photo. File photo

The Aga Khan talks to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremony at the gardens of Emperor Humayuns Tomb in New Delhi, India in 2004. The Aga Khan Foundation gives away the worlds largest architectural prize fund of $500,000 once every three years. Elissa Eubanks/AJC