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City council supports tax exemption for Aga Khan Museum 2015-11-10

Aga Khan Museum
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The Toronto Observer

More than $330K in taxes to be forfeited annually

By Ben Rappaport | Posted: Nov 10 2015 11:47 am

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City council has confirmed its support for a property tax exemption for the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, a museum of Islamic and Iranian art located in the Don Mills area.

The council voted 34-1 on Tuesday to recommend providing a property tax exemption for the museum.

New Canadian PM praises Aga Khan Foundation's work

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with AKDN Representative Dr Mahmoud Eboo and Ismaili Council President Malik Talib at the Delegati
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The Express Tribune with the International New York Times Pakistan

Newly sworn-in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited on Tuesday a delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and expressed his admiration for the global work carried out by Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

The Canadian premier met with the President of the Ismaili Council for Canada Malik Talib and the resident representative of the Aga Khan Development Network Dr Mahmoud Eboo. The three discussed areas of collaboration between the government of Canada and the Ismaili Imamat, according to The Ismaili.

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

Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan
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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
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akdn.org

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim

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
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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

Posted By: Sarah Yates
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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
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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.

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
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akdn.org

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim

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
Excellencies
Distinguished Guests

VIDEO OF WEBCAST ATHENS DEMOCRACY FORUM SPEECH 2015-09-15

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

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

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allAfrica.com

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
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ismaili.net

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.

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

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Luvmyboat.com

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

Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad
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jamestownsun.com

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
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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

For more info, please see the attachments below.

Maki to Make UK Debut with New Building for Aga Khan Development Network 2015-08-03

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archdaily.com

Maki and Associates has submitted plans for their first UK building. As the Architects' Journal reports, the Japanese firm has designed a nine story, 8,780-square-meter educational space for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) - a group of non-denominational agencies focused on improving the welfare of people in developing areas in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The predominately limestone building pulls cues from its context; its facade is derived from the space within, which in turn responds to the surrounding Kings Cross site.

Text of Ismaili Imamat Agreement with the Portuguese Republic 2015-06-3

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website Government of Portugal

ISMAILI IMAMAT AGREEMENT WITH PORTUGUESE GOVERNMENT

Both Parties assume, as common objectives, the defence of human dignity, economic and social development, interfaith dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts, as ways of achieving justice and peace;
Affirming the interest of both Parties in the establishment of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in the territory of the Portuguese Republic and their common will mutually to respect each other’s autonomy in the context of the mutual trust and esteem which has traditionally characterised their relationship;
Agree as follows:

Excerpts of Interview of AgaKhan with Lucky Severson on pbs.org [nid:31941]

Aga Khan IV
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www.pbs.org R&E Religion & Ethics

(excerpts of article}

SEVERSON: It is very rare for the Aga Khan to grant interviews. We caught up with him in Toronto:

(speaking to the Aga Khan): You are a spiritual leader, a businessman, treated like a head of state. I think you were just with the prime minister yesterday. Which of those hats are most important to you?

AGA KHAN: The institutional hat, which is the hat I inherited from my grandfather.

SEVERSON: As a spiritual leader?

AGA KHAN: As the imam of the Ismaili community, by far.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SEAT OF THE ISMAILI IMAMAT IN PORTUGAL 2015-06-03

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/app.parlamento.pt

This Agreement establishes the privileges, immunities and facilities extended by the Portuguese Republic to the Ismaili Imamat.

CHAPTER II SEAT OF THE ISMAILI IMAMAT Article 3

Seat

The Portuguese Republic shall ensure the conditions for the establishment of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat within its territory as well as for the exercise of its functions , in accordance with the present agreement

Agreement between the Portuguese Republic and the Ismaili Imamat 2009-05-08

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http://app.parlamento.pt/webutils/docs/doc.pdf?path=6148523063446f764c3246795a5868774d546f334e7a67774c336470626d6c7561574e7059585270646d467a4c31684a4c33526c6548527663793977634849344c56684a587a4d755a47396a&fich=ppr8-XI_3.doc&Inline=true

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC AND THE ISMAILI IMAMAT

WHEREAS the 1976 Constitution of the Portuguese Republic and the Religious Freedom
Act enshrine, and Portugal acknowledges, the social importance of the religious
phenomenon, the commitment to the principle of non discriminatory treatment for the
different churches and religious communities and the need to establish enabling conditions
for all citizens to enjoy the freedom of conscience and the right to freely practise religion
and worship;


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