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Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal has honoured Mawlana Hazar Imam with a doctorate honoris causa

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Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal is honouring Mawlana Hazar Imam with a doctorate honoris causa that was presented to him on Thursday, 20 July 2017.

In his acceptance remarks, Hazar Imam said, "I have always felt at home in Portugal and now ever more so since the signing in 2015 of an historic agreement between the Ismaili Imamat and the Portuguese Republic to establish the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in this country. An important milestone in the 1400 year history of the Ismaili Imamat."

In his welcome speech Professor Daniel Traca - Dean of the NOVA School of Business and Economics said "This is of course, a very special honoris causa doctorate. By awarding the title to His Highness, NOVA is not only recognizing his life of work, it is also welcoming the Ismaili Imamat and the Ismaili community of 15 million to our neighbourhood, to our city and to our country."


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