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Death of Ismaili Muslim matriarch-2001-07-01

Saturday, 2000, July 1
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.

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