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Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Harvard University

His Highness the Aga Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, Powerful Advocate of
Pluralism, and Global Humanitarian to deliver the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture.
Cambridge, MA

His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, powerful advocate of social change,and global humanitarian, will return to Harvard to present a lecture on the challenges to pluralism and cosmopolitanism in society on November 12, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30pm as part of the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series.

It would be the greatest of all our misfortunes if we now mistook instruction for education and the mere power of passing examin

It would be the greatest of all our misfortunes if we now mistook instruction for education and the mere power of passing examinations for learning

138th birth anniversary: Sir Aga Khan III: a visionary Muslim leader 2015-11-02

Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan
The Express Tribune with the International New York Times Pakistan

November 2 marks the birth anniversary of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, one of the Muslim world’s most visionary and influential leaders.

A tireless advocate for Muslims on the world stage, Aga Khan III was also a champion of women’s rights, education, healthcare and social development. With a modernist view that was nevertheless deeply rooted in the concepts of Islam, he strove to help Muslims build social capital to enable both political rehabilitation and a better quality of life.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the 50th anniversary of ICOMOS, London 2015-10-22

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, Patron of ICOMOS-UK receives His Highness the Aga Khan for the 50th anniversary confe


Your Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester
Mr David Thackray, President, ICOMOS-UK
Mr Gregory Hodkinson, Chairman, Arup
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

What a pleasure it is for me to be marking with you the 50th anniversary of ICOMOS – happy birthday!

Yours is an organisation for which I have long had enormous respect. And I have noted with interest the impressive, recent development of your Cultural Heritage Manifesto.

Democracy, Faith and Refugees at the Athens Democracy Forum 2015-10-21

H.H. The Aga Khan at the Athens Democracy Forum  2015-09-15
The Blog Huff Post Religion

Our democratic institutions are crumbling. The separation of Church and State has inevitably turned into a separation of morals from government, turning governments into skeletal bodies with little to no moral compass.

Many today believe faith, particularly Islam, is incompatible with democracy and that refugees cannot understand or contribute to democracies, yet the Athens Democracy Forum invited two keynote speakers to address the challenges and opportunities of government: a refugee and a Muslim.

H.H. The Aga Khan to appear at ICOMOS-UK Conference as Keynote Speaker 2015-10-22

H.H Aga Khan IV

ICOMOS-UK To Launch Cultural Heritage Manifesto in 50th Anniversary Year

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In its 50th anniversary year, and at a time when our global heritage is ever more under threat of destruction, ICOMOS-UK (the UK National Committee of ICOMOS: International Council on Monuments and Sites) is calling for a new approach to the way we all sustain, promote and benefit from cultural heritage through the launch of its landmark Cultural Heritage Manifesto.

Aga Khan Trust to continue working with Penang government to preserve George Town 2015-10-19

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (top left) and High Highness Aga Khan (top, right) with delegates from the Aga Khan Trust
The Rakyat Post

THE Aga Khan Trust for Culture, one of the world’s premier organisation involved in matters of architecture, conservation and urban planning, will continue helping Malaysia protect, develop and enhance George Town, Penang.

The trust has extended its contract with Think City Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd) and Penang state government for another three years and will provide technical assistance to preserve the town, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is 2008.

Birth of Prince Rahim 1971-10-12

Prince Rahim Aga Khan

Prince Rahim is the second child and eldest of three sons of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan. Prince Rahim was born on September 12th 1971 in Geneva, Switzerland. He attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A

Hazar Imam's horses win 2 races at Arc de Triomphe

P.Zahra at Longchamps.jpg

Vazirabad won the first race - the Qatar Prix de Chaudenay. Candariliya followed with another impressive come-from-behind win in the 3rd race - the Qatar Prix de Royallieu. Princess Zahra with Princess Sara accepted both the winner's prizes. Christophe Soumillon was the jockey in both races

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum 2015-09-15

Hazar Imam delivers the keynote address at the Democracy Forum in Athens


Former Prime Ministers
Ms Alkistis Protopsalti, Minister of Tourism
Your Worship, Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada
Ms Annika Savill, Executive Head of the UN Democracy Fund
Mr Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International, The New York Times Company
Distinguished Guests


The Webcast of the Athens Democracy Forum and the Speech of H.H. The Aga Khan

H.H. The Aga Khan Keynote Speech at the Athens Democratic Forum - 2015-09-15

2015, September 15: LIVE WEBCAST H.H. The Aga Khan keynote address at the Athens Democracy Forum the Aga Khan will deliver a keynote address at the Stoa of Attalos on Tuesday, September 15th The International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum will take place at the Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall and the Stoa of Attalos of the Ancient Agora. It has been convened in cooperation with the United Nations Democracy Fund, the City of Athens, and Kathimerin Scroll down for WEBCAST

Kenya: The Aga Khan Deserves a Medal - and the Gratitude of All Kenyans 2015-08-31


There is something about Kenya that many of our people don't seem to fully appreciate.

This is that we are a vibrant democracy surrounded by authoritarian states. Indeed I would say that some of the nations in our neighbourhood are "militaristic authoritarian states". Think about it for a minute.

In Tanzania, it's only now for the first time that there is a genuine chance of the opposition parties wresting power from the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), which has ruled since independence.

For all intents and purposes, Tanzania has been a single party state for the last 50 years.

Burnaby B.C Darkhana celebrates 30th anniversary 2015-08-23

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney at the official unveiling of the plaque, August 23, 1985

Diamond Jubilee Day of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah 2015-08-17

Our Beloved 48th Imam Aga Sultah Muhammad Shah

Today 69th anniversary of Diamond Jubilee Day of Hazrat Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah

The first celebrations were held at Brabourne Stadium in Bomabay, India.

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Dar-es-Salaam followed in August, 1946. To it thousands of people came from all parts of the world, especially lndia, Europe and the Middle East. Hundreds made the journey by air, thousands by train, by car and by lorry, from all parts of Africa, many enduring much hardship in travelling from such out of the way places as Abyssinia, Belgian Congo, Uganda. Convoys of cars came from South Africa.

Teeth Aatthmee Aavyaa Gaam Naa Lok - Garbi 16 - Translation

Teeth Aatthmee Aavyaa Gaam Naa Lok - Garbi 16

teeth aatthmee aavyaa gaam naa lok, jue sarave saartheere lol.....1

On the eight night the people of the town have come,
this is seen by all the fellow dancers!

gur shams gaaye meetthaa bol, sunne sarave maleene re lol.........2

The Guide Shams sings sweet verses, and all gather and listen to it!

gur bhaa(n)khe amarat geenaan ke, aad unneeyaadthee re lol........3

The Guide has expounded the nector (water of life) of the "geenaan"
of the beginning period and indeed pre-eternity!

jyaare rachyaa(n) jameen aasmaan ke, pavan paanneeyaare lol.......4

Princess Zahra Aga Khan Christens the TP52 Azzurra 2011-05-18

Princess Zahra.jpg

U.S. funds excavation of 16th century India tombs 2015-08-08

Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad

Hyderabad, India -- The old Qutb Shahi Tombs in India's southern Hyderabad city are getting a new life as they are being restored under a project sponsored by the United States.

The 400-year-old tombs have got grant of over USD100, 000 for the excavation work.

The United States, in collaboration with Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) - world's leading conservation body, are undertaking restoration and conservation project of the royal necropolis, said deputy chief of mission, U.S. embassy, Michael Pelletier.

Memorandum to President John Kennedy 1961-03-13

Memo to President John Kennedy
Department of The Secretary of State - Washington DC

Declassified documents have revealed this letter from The Secretary of State for the U.S.A to President John Kennedy about Hazar Imam's request for a meeting with the President of the United States of America.

The request was made by a call from Hazar Imam on March 14, 1961

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