Aga Khan Weds German-Born Princess

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GOUVIEUX, France (AP) -- The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslim community, has married a German-born princess who converted to Islam.

In separate religious and civil ceremonies Saturday, the Aga Khan wed Gabriele zu Leiningen at his Aiglemont estate in this tiny town, 25 miles north of Paris near Chantilly, his office said in a statement. It was the second marriage for both.

The rector of the Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, performed the religious ceremony, and the mayor of Gouvieux, Patrice Marchand, performed the civil marriage, a statement said.

The Frankfurt-born princess, 35, a consultant at the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris, took the Muslim name ``Inaara'' upon her marriage to the 61-year-old Aga Khan, according to the statement.

The Aga Khan is the 49th imam of the Ismaili community which boasts a following of 12-15 million people worldwide. He has three children from his first marriage to English-born Princess Salimah, all of whom work at his headquarters at Aiglemont.

The princess' six-year-old daughter from her first marriage to Karl-Emich Prince zu Leiningen is to live with her mother in France and Switzerland.

Saturday's private ceremony is to be followed by a reception in October.

AP-NY-05-30-98 1646EDT Copyright Associated Press.


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