Interview with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV
THE POWER OF WISDOM
(translated from french)
Interview by Jean-Jacques Lafaye
Prince Karim Aga Khan IV
Spiritual leader of the Ismailis since 1957
Author and journalist. Founder of the association « Éthique et politique » (1988) Publications include: Saint-Just, l’ombre des chimères, Rocher, 2007; David Shahar, le sacre de l’écriture, Michalon, 2007; Dialogue pour un monde meilleur, Alban, 2008.
Jean-Jacques Lafaye — Your Highness, as spiritual leader of Ismaili
Jean-Jacques Lafaye - Votre Altesse, en tant que chef spirituel des communautés ismaéliennes du monde entier, vous exercez une influence indiscutable sur la scène internationale. Pourtant, vous ne souhaitez pas être considéré comme un acteur politique...
Karim Aga Khan - ...ou comme un politicien. De mon point de vue, même si la foi et les États doivent entretenir des rapports de collaboration et d'estime, le religieux et le politique sont deux choses bien distinctes.
‘I’d like to see Canada more vigorous,’ he says in a Globe interview covering everything from Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan to the importance of pluralist societies
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Q- Am I right that the Ismaili Faith is an esoteric one, that's to say, only real scholars and experts have read all the crucial texts that enable them to understand the inner nature of your religion?
A- "Yes, this is so."
Q- Do you consider yourself expert in these?
A- "Certainly. I think my grandfather ensured that we had a thorough knowledge of the important books."
Q- Do you think if you hadn't become Aga Khan you might have made a successful engineer? Or businessman?
A- "Who can tell?"
Q- Do you feel happier here in the West, or in the East?
Interview of H. H. The Aga Khan Given to and Telecast by Pakistan Television Corporation- 1985-11-12Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
AH-Men have different reasons for serving humanity and their country. What are yours, Your Highness?
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The Ismaili sect, with its social and theologically liberal outlook, is probably the most progressive in the Islamic world. Spread over four continents its adherents are guided by their high profile Imam, Prince Karim Aga Khan.
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The spiritual leader of 15 million Ismailis - of which 2500 live in France - has made his 24 year old daughter Zahra his privileged partner. The princess grew up in Paris, was schooled in Switzerland, then obtained her degree in Economic Development in the Third World at Harvard. During her trip to Pakistan with her father, the Aga Khan reserved a comprehensive social action program for her. The man who is called the 'richest man in the world', invests around 140 million dollars (700 million French Francs) in the third world each year.
THE AGA KHAN MEETS THE PRESSAGA KHAN LAUDS PAKISTAN'S EFFORTS FOR PROGRESS.
Some time ago, Anne Matheson of the Australian Women's Weekly interviewed Begum Salimah in London just before Her Highness's visit with Mowlana Hazar Imam to Australia where they were invited as specia guests of honour for the 1979 Melburne Cup.
Here is a condensed version of the interview and a glimpse into the life of Begum Sahiba as wife, mother and worker.
At her Paris house, the oldest known building within the shadow of Notre Dame cathedral and once an abbey, photographer Alec Murry and I went up a circular stone staircase from the monastic entrance below street level.
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Q. Your Highness, you are the Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. It s a hereditary title. Have you ever felt burdened by being so, the 49th hereditary Imam? You are the direct descendent from the Prophet; you became the Imam at the age of 20. Did it ever come up for you where you were a reluctant Imam in any way?
On Wednesday 18th February 1981, His Highness Prince Karim Agakhan was interviewed on television by Mr. Javed Jabber, a well known personality in television and advertising. Some important questions were spotlighted to seek Hazar Imam's assessment on them and we reproduce hereunder the interview ad-verbatim for our readers-EDITOR:
PERSONAL FILE 1936 Born in Geneva as Prince Karim. Educated at the College du Rosey, Switzerland, and Harvard University 1957 Becomes Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismaili Moslems, on the death of his grandfather, Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III 1967 Establishes the Aga Khan Foundation 1983 Founds Aga Khan University, Pakistan 1984 Establishes Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development 1990 Named Commander of French Legion d'Honneur for eminent services to humanity'
PRINCE OF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
The Aga Khan speaks to William Dawkins and Edward Mortimer
President Isidro, Senator Alonto, Members of the Faculty, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me begin by saying how very honoured and happy I am to be with you on this great occasion. I appreciated enormously your kind words and wonderful receptions and hope that when I leave you this afternoon you will be sure that you have one more sincere friend and admirer of the University of Mindanao.
Le prince Karim, avait vingt ans quand il devint l'Agha Khan IV, chef religieux de la communaut
(L'Expansion, mars 1975)
J'imaginais - comme beaucoup de Français, sans doute - l'Aga Khan tel son grand-père et son père: une personnalité très parisienne, bien rodée aux charmes de la "High Society", logé dans un luxe riant et menant une vie joyeuse et en grande partie oisive.
In a recent interview in New York, the Aga Khan answered question from LIFE reporter Margot Dougherty and Managing Editor Richard B. Stolley.
I don't think the public has a very good idea of what you do. Perhaps you could start with what we call a job description. The Imamate is a hereditary office, and the Imam is responsible for guiding the practice of the faith of the Ismaili community. In matters of faith he makes the decisions. In the matters if everyday activity, he has a large network of everyday institutions and structures that answer to him.
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Even at 7:15 on the morning after a banquet, with breakfast and an interview to be got through before an 8:30 meeting with Premier William Davis, the Aga Khan easily lives up to the promise of his own press release: 'A man who possesses in full measure the charm and wit shared with the rest of his family.'