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Timeline 2008

2008, December 8 - 9: H.H. The Aga Khan attended A Mystical Journey: Musique Soufie et Autres Expressions de Dévotion en Islam at Théâtre Mogador in Paris. Hazar Imam was joined by Princess Zahra, Prince Hussain, leaders from the Government of France and members of French society, as well as senior Jamati leaders from France and abroad. Bernard Kouchner and Prince Aga Khan signed on December 9, 2008 a partnership agreement between France and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which includes a dozen private development agencies. For Paris visit, Didar, testimonies, news etc. click here

2008, December 6: Ottawa, Canada - Opening of the Delegation Building by Prime Minister Harper. Exclusive Photo Gallery here!

2008, December 6: The finishing touches are being applied to the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, situated at 199 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. The building is established by His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam, or spiritual leader, of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN. This new building has been officially inaugurated on Saturday, December 6, 2008. More news here! - Speech by PM Harper [audio]here!

2008, December: SINGAPORE VISIT - Mowlana Hazar Imam blessed the Jamat of Singapore with His Holy Deedar from December 1st to December 4th, 2008. More information

2008, November 30: ISLAMABAD, Nov 30: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, arrived in Islamabad and he will meet President Zardari and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The president's spokesman, Mr Farhatullah Babar, told Dawn that "the matter of regional security will also come under discussion" during the meeting between the Aga Khan and Mr Zardari on Monday. [More]

2008, November 22: CANADA VISIT - The Aga Khan presided with Honourable Beverly J. Oda over the signing in Toronto of a Memorandum of Understanding between McMaster University and the Aga Khan University (AKU), which has campuses and programmes in eight countries in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Mr Firoz Rasul and Dr Peter George signed on behalf of their respective institutions. [Photo]. Later that morning, The Aga Khan meet with The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario [Photo]. A special meeting was held in the afternoon of 22nd and 23rd November at the Rogers Center with his community comprising of members from 36 countries. [MORE]

2008, November 19: CANADA VISIT - OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, officially welcomed His Highness The Aga Khan who is visiting Canada on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee. The meeting took place on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, around 4:30 p.m at Rideau Hall.. Photo Credit: MCpl Jean-François Néron, Rideau Hall [Photo1]

2008, November 18: CANADA VISIT - Ottawa and surrounding Jamats gathered at Ottawa Civic Center and Mowlana Hazar Imam directly came from the airport to the parking area of the Civic Center in Ottawa to see the Jamat waving the Canadian and MyFlag as Hazar Imam's motorcade passed slowly and though the temperature was a chilling minus 8c, The Imam opened his window and blessed the Jamat. [More Information.]

2008, November 17: Aga Khan Pays Tribute to Zarkava at the 2008 Cartier Racing Awards 18/11/08 - The Aga Khan last night (Monday, November 17) elaborated on why Zarkava meant so much to him when collecting the filly’s prizes as Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Filly at the 2008 Cartier Racing Awards in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. The daughter of Zamindar was unbeaten in seven starts, culminating in a brilliant Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victory last month, and the Aga Khan revealed that the filly’s great, great grand dam had been named after his daughter Princess Zahra, who also attended the 2008 Cartier Awards. [More]

2008, November 17: Prince Karim Aga Khan, delivered a speech on November 17, 2008 at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, southern France during a forum on the topic "Culture, a growth factor" to be held until November 18. The Forum brings together 250 key players from the economic, cultural and media sectors, along with public authoritiy representatives of different countries .

2008, November 6: Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Igor Chudinov and Prince Aga Khan have arrived in Naryn town. The goal of their visits is to familiarize with construction process of the University of Central Asia. The Prince Aga Khan arrived in Kyrgyzstan on three-day visit at the invitation of the republic's government. He had already visited Kazakhstan and Tajikistan within the framework of his tour to Central Asia. The University of Central Asia was established in 2000 within the framework of the agreement between the governments of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and High Highness the Aga Khan. [More]

November 4, 2008, Asia-Plus: On Monday November 3, His Highness the Aga Khan attended the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Ismaili Cultural-Educational Center, Jamatkhana, in Khorog, Gorno Badakhshan. Speaking at the ceremony, the Aga Khan said that the Center should promote combining efforts to develop mutual understanding and stability in the region. In cooperation with and with support of the Government of Tajikistan and President Emomali Rahmon we are taking measures to transform Khorog into the gem of the Pamirs and one of cultural-educational centers of the region, His Highness the Aga Khan said. With that end in view we began constructing this Center, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and hotels, rehabilitate central parks and implement different projects aimed at development of education and health sectors and preservation of cultural relics in the region, His Highness stressed. [More]

2008, November 2: Prince Aga Khan Prince arrived to Tajikistan on October 31 at the invitation of the Tajik Government. On November 5 Prince Aga Khan will arrive in Kyrgyzstan to visit construction of Aga Khan University in Naryn oblast. [More]

2008, October 30: Prince Aga Khan pays visit to Kazakhstan - One of the World famous patrons of art, Karim Aga Khan VI has paid a visit to Kazakhstan. He is one of the descendants of the Prophet Mohammed and he is also the Imam of the Muslim and Shiite community of the Ismaili. His Excellency was welcomed to the Ak Orda residence by Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Prince is also the founder and one of the sponsors of many charity projects carried out in many countries including the CIS and some Central Asian states. In particular, in 2000, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as the Aga Khan VI fund established the Central Asian University. The University headquarters is situated in Bishkek with the educational institution's representations to be constructed in the Kazakh town of Tekeli, the Kyrgyz populated area of Naryn and the Tajik town of Khoros. Straight from Astana, his Excellency is set to go to Tekeli to take part in an official ceremony to lay the first brick of the future university. The Prince's ten-day working trip around Central Asia began in Kazakhstan. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, iman of Ismaili commune: - I have come here to see how our university is developing. During the talks with the President, we also spoke about the effect the global economic recession has on Central Asia. I expressed the hope of further expansion of cooperation with your country in all possible areas. [More] Photo: mbdartz

2008, October 29: President Nazarbayev, Prince Karim Aga Khan meet. ASTANA. October 29. KAZINFORM. /Aigul Tulekbayeva/ The AKDN plans to continue its cooperation with Kazakhstan. Prince Karim Aga Khan, arriving in Astana, said at a briefing. This visit opens his 10-day Central Asian tour. “We discussed development of the Central Asian universities and issues regarding economic recession with the Kazakh President. I expressed hope for further cooperation with Kazakhstan in all spheres”, the Prince said. The visit is being held in the framework of the gold jubilee – 50th anniversary of his inauguration. As the Kazakh MFA earlier reported, the visit aims at expansion of the Kazakh cooperation with the AKDN in the sphere of human resources, regional stability, promotion of pluralism and intercivilizational understanding. In the framework of the trip the Prince will visit Tekeli town of the Almaty oblast for laying the cornerstone of an affiliate of the Central Asian University. On October 31, Aga Khan IV will go to Tajikistan, then to Kyrgyzstan.

2008, October 23: Kazakhstan General Newswire - Astana. October 23. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Prince Aga Khan IV, visits Kazakhstan on October 28-31, according to the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan. The prince plans to meet with leaders of Kazakhstan, the ministry said in a Thursday. According to the statement, Aga Khan will attend a groundbreaking ceremony that marks start of construction of a branch of Central Asian University in Tekeli (in Almaty oblast, southeast Kazakhstan).

2008, October 22: Asia-Plus - His Highness the Aga Khan, will arrive in Tajikistan on October 31 for a five-day visit. The visit will come in response to an invitation from Tajikistan's Government, and within the context of His Highness' Golden Jubilee - the Aga Khan is visiting some 30 countries around the world which have long-standing and close relations with the Imamat to express his gratitude and friendship with governments, leaders, and other partners of the AKDN.During his five-day visit to Tajikistan, His Highness the Aga Khan will hold talks with a number of high-ranking Tajik state officials.

2008, October 21: Asia-Plus -- Prince Amyn Aga Khan, younger brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, is arriving in Dushanbe today afternoon for a short visit, according to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Dushanbe Office. During his stay in Dushanbe, Prince Amyn Aga Khan is expected to review AKDN programs in Tajikistan, including project for construction of the Dushanbe Serena Hotel. [More] [Author: Victoria Naumova]

2008, October 5: Princess Zahra Aga Khan daugther of The Aga Khan owner of French horse Zarkava wave at the crowd after his horse won the 87th Arc de Triomphe horsing race ,the world's richest race on turf, at Longchamp Racecourse near Paris October 5, 2008. Photo by mbdartz - PARIS (AFP) - Zarkava produced one of the greatest performances in racing history here at Longchamp on Sunday. The Aga Khan's sensational filly Zarkava lived up to expectations by storming to victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. "It is 90 years that my family have been breeding horses and today really is a dream come to fruition," said the Aga Khan. More from [Forum]. More from [New Site]

2008 October 1: A series of 4 new Golden Jubilee stamps have been issued for Idd last week in Uganda. [Photos here!]

2008, September 26: Financial Times. "The Islamic world as an important part of our globe has really been absent from Judeo-Christian education in a strange way," he says, asking how anyone can be considered properly educated in the west when they know nothing about Islam. Click here
Scan of the article and interview in NAIROBI STAR on October 1, 2008: Page 21 and Page 22

2008, September 7: The Syrian Satellite TV showed a 30-minute interview with Mawlana Hazar Imam on Sunday 7th September 2008 at 13:40 GMT. The Syrian TV is available on these satellites: Hot bird: frequency: 12380 27500 3/4 (V) / Arab sat: frequency: 12054 27500 3/4 (V) / Nile sat: frequency:11823 27500 3/4 (V) / The interview was recorded during Hazar Imam's visit to Syria last month. Click here for full Interview!

2008, August 24th to 29th: H.H. The Aga Khan arrives in Syria, August 2008, and is received at Damascus International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Abdullah al-Dardari, Minister of Tourism Dr. Saadullah Agha al-Qala'a and Resident Representative of AKDN in Syria Mohammad Mufdi Seifo. Dozens and dozens of buses are arriving in Salamieh from Iran to participate in the celebrations of Golden Jubilee. As Salamieh welcomes thousands of Ismailis from Iran and the other International Jamat, surrounding suburbs such as Barre and other Ismaili towns are preparing to walk 10 to 15 km to Salamieh Darbar on 26th as their traditional Hajj. Follow the discussions here!. And we are adding regularly news on the new Heritage web site at Syria Update

2008, July 16: Photo: Eric Feferberg - Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Bin Abdul aziz Al Saud, center left shakes hands with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, center right, behind the first stone of the Louvre museum's future Islamic art department on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, in Paris, during the ceremony marking the launch of the works. In the background, from left to right, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's wife, Princess Ameera, spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and the Aga Khan and French Culture minister Christine Albanel. [Photo]

2008, July 14: Kenya - Hundreds of Ismaili Muslims celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Imamat Day at the Mombasa Jubilee Hall Sunday. [The Nation][Daily Nation]

2008, July 12: Notícia Manuel de Almeida/Reuters - 12 Julho 2008 - 00h51 - EncontroJosé Sócrates recebe Aga KhanJosé Sócrates encontrou-se ontem em Lisboa com Aga Khan, líder da comunidade muçulmana ismaelita. Portugal assinou um acordo de cooperação com a rede Aga Khan para o desenvolvimento. [More]

2008, July 12: Notícia Manuel de Almeida/Reuters - 12 Julho 2008 - 00h51 - EncontroJosé Sócrates recebe Aga KhanJosé Sócrates encontrou-se ontem em Lisboa com Aga Khan, líder da comunidade muçulmana ismaelita. Portugal assinou um acordo de cooperação com a rede Aga Khan para o desenvolvimento. [ More ]

2008, July 11: The Aga Khan (R), the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim sect, shakes hands with Portugal's Prime Minister Jose Socrates before their meeting at San Bento palace in Lisbon July 11, 2008. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (PORTUGAL) - [ More Photos ] [ More ] [Forum section.]

2008, July 10: Portugal visit of H.H. The Aga Khan for Golden Jubilee from 10th to 14th July 2008. [Photos and News of the visit]

2008, July 8: His Highness the Aga Khan In United Kingdom for a Golden Jubilee Visit - [ More ] [ Forum section. ] [ Photo ]

2008, July 2-4: His Highness the Aga Khan In United Kingdom for a Golden Jubilee Visit. The Prime Minister met with the Aga Khan, where they discussed the cooperation between the Government and the Aga Khan Development Network. The Queen personally honoured the Aga Khan with a private banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday to mark his golden jubilee as the leader of the world's 15 million Ismaeli Muslims. H. H. the Aga Khan met with followers at a Darbar confirmed on the 5th of July. [More] TESTIMONIES AND SPEECHES see our [ Forum section. ] [ More in New Heritage Site ]

2008, June 30: His Highness the Aga Khan has been honoured by the National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, for his work against poverty and in promoting religious understanding. The renowned racehorse breeder and spiritual leader of the world's Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims received an honorary doctorate from the Chancellor of the NUI, Dr Garret FitzGerald. The Aga Khan, who part owns some of Europe's leading stud farms, is the first member of the Islamic community to be honoured in the history of NUI. The university said he was cited for "outstanding contributions to the elimination of global poverty, the advancement of women, the promotion of Islamic culture and the furthering of pluralistic values in society". [ Full Info and photos ] [ More ]

2008, June 23-29: 2008, June 29: Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya attended the G.J.G. this morning as well as the Closing Ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Games tonight. Prince Amyn arrived in Nairobi yesterday but went to Kigali today. He did not attend the Games in Nairobi. The launching of the Games ceremony was grandiose but the closing was not as powerful. A small fireworks ended the Ceremony. Of course tons of photos uploaded every day... Our photo-exhibition entitilled "FACES of Golden Jubilee Games", featuring events, participants, champions and spectators of the Games: [ First album: June 24, 2008 with 108 photos ]. [ Second album: June 25, 2008 with 100 photos ] [ More info ] [ Album 3 ] [ Album 4 ]

2008, June 22: An Islamic Conscience: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis: Nairobi Launch at Sarit Center, 8:00pm [ More ] [ Article in ]

2008, Juin 18: PARIS - Le prince Karim Aga Khan, chef spirituel des Ismaéliens, a fait son entrée mercredi à la prestigieuse Académie des Beaux-Arts à Paris en tant que membre associé étranger, occupant le fauteuil de l'architecte Kenzo Tange décédé en 2005. Le prince Karim Aga Khan qui, en tant que chef religieux de la communauté ismaélienne, courant de l'islam chiite, ne portait pas l'habit vert traditionnel des académiciens, a été accueilli par les solennels roulements de tambours de la Garde républicaine. [ More ]

2008, June 12: Prince Karim Aga Khan Aga Khan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended at the Kleber Center on June 12, 2008 in Paris the international donors conference to raise billions of dollars in aid for Afghanistan. [click on image for bigger picture] [ More ]

2008, June 12: French President Nicolas Sarkozy, French Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner, US First Lady Laura Bush, US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended at the Kleber Center on June 12, 2008 in Paris the international donors conference to raise billions of dollars in aid for Afghanistan. [ News with more photos ]

2008, June 10: Princesse Zahra, the Aga Khan and Princess Guillaume of Luxembourg attend a party hosted by Becca Cason Thrash, to honour The American Friends of The Louvre on June 10, 2008 in Paris. [ More ]

2008, June 8: H.H the Aga Khan, the owner of French horse Zarkava, and it's Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon won the 159th Prix de Diane horse racing, on June 8, 2008 in Chantilly, outside Paris. Soumillon won the race ahead of horse Gagnoa ridden by Irish jockey John Patrick Murtagh and Goldikova ridden by French jockey Olivier Peslier. [ More ]

2008, June 5: Prince Karim Aga Khan receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University at commencement ceremonies June 5, 2008, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. J.K. Rowling, who wrote the popular Harry Potter books, was the commencement speaker. (Photo by Robert Spencer/Getty Images). [ Photos ] [ Alumni News] [ More ]

2008, June 1: "Celebrating his 50th year as the Aga Khan last year, the former Leverett House resident has become a bridge between East and West, traditionalism and modernity" writes NiniI S. Moorhead, Crimson Staff Writer. [ More ]

2008, May 23: [The New Nation] Prince Karim Aga Khan, left here yesterday afternoon for home ending his four-day visit to Bangladesh. Adviser for Foreign Affairs Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury saw him off at the VVIP terminal of the Zia International Airport.Aga Khan placed a wreath at the National Monument for unknown martyrs soon after his arrival in Dhaka paying homage to their memories. He held meetings with Finance Adviser Dr A B Mirza Azizul Islam, Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman and Religious Affairs Adviser A F Hassan Ariff. He laid foundation stones of Aga Khan Academy and Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre at Baridhara in the city. He also met with members of the Ismaili Muslim community. [ Photos, News and Testimonies here! ]

2008, May 21: Prince Amyn Muhammad Aga Khan visited the future site of the Serena Hotel in Ghulkin. [ Photo ] [ More ]

Dhaka, May 20: Prince Karim Aga Khan lays the foundation of Aga Khan Academy at Baridhara in the city yesterday while Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman looks on. [ Photo: STAR ]

2008, May 20: Prince Rahim Aga Khan visiting Madagascar [ More ] [ News Clips ]

2008, May 19: Prince Aga Khan,arrives Dhaka today on a four-day state visit. Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will receive him at Zia International airport. He will visit National Memorial at Savar and attend a state banquet at Hotel Sonargaon today. He will also host diplomatic reception and Imamat banquet at the same venue tomorrow. Prince Aga Khan will lay the foundation of the Aga Khan Academy at Basundhara tomorrow and the permanent Jamatkhana of the community on May 21. [ Photos and News here! ] Photos of H.H. The Aga Khan at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh. [ Album here ] [ More document ]

Dhaka, May 19: ( — Prince Karim Aga Khan, leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, arrived in Dhaka Monday by private plane to a red carpet reception and was greeted by chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed at the airport. [ Photo ]

2008, May 19: Dhaka Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed speaks of democracy at banquet with Aga Khan. [ More ]

2008, May 17: Postage Stamps issued by India Post on Aga Khan Foundation on 17 May: [ Stamp 1 ] [ Stamp2 ]

2008, May 14: Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived at Airport at 8:30 PM, waved to Ismailis who lined up for 2 Km. Buses brought Jamats to airport, Hazar Imam leaned out and waved with his right hand. Girl guides and scouts were in the front. Jamats returning were congratulated for first Deedar of Golden Jubilee in Mumbay. Fireworks, Dandiya Raas, sherbet etc followed in JKs - For [ INDIA VISIT ] [ Didar ]

2008, May 16: H.H the Aga Khan was welcomed today at the Taj Residency Ummed in Ahmedabad. The Aga Khan is on a one-day visit to Gujarat state of Western India.

2008, May 13-16 - The Aga Khan is back in city after 16 yrs. The top spiritual leader of the Shiite Ismaili Muslims is expected to reach Mumbai on May 14 as part of an eight-day official visit to the country. [ More ] [ Photos ]

2008, May 12: Chief of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi (R) and the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, pose for photographers before their meeting in New Delhi May 12, 2008. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur (INDIA) . Photos and news: [ click here! ]

2008, May 8: - Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, will be visiting Bangladesh from 19th to 22nd this month. The state visit of the Aga Khan is taking place at a time when Ismailish all over the world, including those in Bangladesh, are celebrating the golden jubilee of the Aga Khan's leadership. [ More ]

2008, May 1: H.H. The Aga Khan just left Abidjan for Senegal where he meet the president before flying that afternoon for Paris. Major News section and tons of photos / videos in preparation for the Heritage Web Site, few images and news clips are posted here now and the complete hundreds of photos gallery in a week or so. [ ALBUM Mali_A ] [ ALBUM Abidjan_A ] [ ALBUM Burkina_A ]

2008, May 1: Mowlana Hazar Imam gave a few minutes Mulakat to about 20 Ismailis at the Abidjan airport before departure. He thanked the Jamat for their warm welcome and told the kids to work hard in school. He talked with some members of the Jamat including kids and left for Senegal.

2008, May 1: The Canadian Ismaili Games is a National Golden Jubilee program and part of the first-ever, global Ismaili sports festival. It will be a celebration through sport for the Canadian Ismaili Community, intended to inspire the youth and next generation towards sports and physical fitness.The games, which celebrate 50 years of the Aga Khan's leadership, will take place May 2 to 5 and involve about 1,000 athletes. [More]

2008, April 28 - May 1: - His Highness the Aga Khan in Burkina Faso. More on this visit; [ Click here ] [ ALBUM Burkina Faso_A ]

2008, April 29: La 14e agence de micro finance du Réseau Aga Khan (RAK) sera installée en Côte d'Ivoire. Hier mardi, une convention d'établissement de cet «outil de développement et de lutte contre la pauvreté» a été signée sous le copatronage du Chef de l'Etat Laurent Gbagbo et de Son Altesse l'Aga Khan. [ More ]

2008, April 28-May 1: In addition to official meetings, His Highness was in Cote d'Ivoire to launch the Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF), which is to start operations in the areas of Boundiali and Dianra in northern Côte d’Ivoire. [ More ] [ Photos of Arrival ] [ More Photos ]

2008, April 28: Le Chef de l'Etat, Laurent Gbagbo, a eu un entretien hier après-midi avec Son Altesse l'Aga Khan. Les deux hommes d'Etat ont parlé de la situation régionale et de la reconstruction économique en Côte d'Ivoire. [More]

2008, April 23-30: H.H. The Aga Khan is starting a one week official tour of Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Senegal up to the end of April 2008. The purpose of this visit is to meet Government officials, to discuss Cultural and Development projects and strenghten institutional capacity in the region.. For dates and events on this subject. click here H.H. The Aga Khan has arrived this 23rd April 2008 in Mali with Prince Rahim, Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya.

2008, April 26-28: In addition to official meetings with President Blaise Compaoré, His Highness the Aga Khan spoke at a special Aga Khan Award for Architecture seminar in Ouagadougou that was held to celebrate three past Burkinabé recipients of the Award. [ Arrival Photos ][ Discours ] [ Discours au dîner ] [ at Seminar ] [ ALBUM Burkina_A ]

2008, April 25: President Amadou Toumani Touré and His Highness the Aga Khan announced the creation of an Urban Park in Bamako. [ Photos ] [ ALBUM Mali_A ]

2008, April 24: Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan après la Cérémonie de remise des diplômes de « Citoyen d’honneur de la Oumma islamique », de « Docteur Honoris Causa » de l’université de Sankoré et de « Citoyen d’honneur de la Commune de Tombouctou » [ Discours ]

2008, April 24: Discours prononcé par Son Altesse L'Aga Khan à la Cérémonie d’inauguration de la Grande Mosquée de Mopti : "Je suis extrêmement heureux de pouvoir inaugurer aujourd’hui la Grande Mosquée de Mopti dite de « Komoguel » nouvellement restaurée et de visiter tout à l’heure les divers travaux d’amélioration de l’environnement qui se poursuivent dans le quartier historique de Komoguel." [ Discours ]. Click [ here ] for a photo of His Highness the Aga Khan and the President of Mali unveil the plate for the completion of the Mopti Mosque restauration. [ Photos ] [ More Photos ]

2008, April 24: Prince Karim Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader of some 20 million Muslims worldwide, stressed the importance of education in the age of globalization in Atlanta as he helped the International Baccalaureate celebrate its 40th anniversary. [ More with Video ]

2008, April 23: Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan au Dîner officiel offert par le Président de la République du Mali: "Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, j’entrevois des possibilités accrues de moderniser les infrastructures d’éducation et d’améliorer la qualité de l’environnement rural pour lutter contre les problèmes préoccupants de l’urbanisation qui surgissent sous la pression démographique à travers toute l’Afrique et particulièrement dans la sous région." [ Discours ] [ Photos ]

2008, April 23: La ville de Mopti se prépare activement pour la cérémonie d'inauguration de la grande mosquée rénovée et du marché construit. L'événement, qui verra la participation du président de la République, Amadou Toumani Touré et du Prince Karim Aga Khan, aura lieu le 24 avril prochain, dans la Venise malienne où les populations et les ressortissants à Bamako sont en train de préparer une grande fête populaire et de retrouvaille autour des idéaux communs pour le développement de la localité. La capitale de la 5ème région s'apprête a accueillir l'un de ses évènements phares de l'année 2008. Il s'agit de la cérémonie d'inauguration de la grande mosquée de vendredi rénovée et du marché nouvellement construit. Les deux travaux ont été réalisés par Aga Khan Trust For Culture (AKTC) une composante du Réseau Aga Khan de Développement (AKDN). [ More ]

2008, April 17: - His Highness the Aga Khan Visits the Residenceof the Governer of Georgia. [ More here ] [ Georgia Photos ].

For USA visit newspapers articles, click here . For Didar info and testimony, click here .

2088, April 17: - The Aga Khan, head of the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims, arrived at Fulton County Airport today to celebrate with his Georgia followers his 50th anniversary as their leader. A band greeted him with the Ismaili anthem and the U.S. national anthem, and a representative from Gov. Sonny Perdue's office as well as local politicians were on hand to welcome him. [ Atlanta News ] [ Atlanta Photo Gallery ] [ Georgia Photos ]

2008, April 15: - (CNN) -The leaders of three world religions will be visiting the United States this week, and although the media spotlight is focused on Pope Benedict XVI and the Dalai Lama, thousands of Ismaili Muslims are celebrating a rare U.S. tour by the Aga Khan. The Aga Khan says a "clash of ignorance" has led to friction between Islam and the West. The Aga Khan doesn't exactly fit the image that may be expected for the spiritual leader of 20 million Ismaili Muslims across the world; he usually wears a suit and tie. But his followers see him as the final authority on interpreting the Quran. One one Muslim scholar said that in that regard, "he is more powerful than the pope." [ More here ] [ Photo ] [ Summary of LA Visit ] [ Commemoration of LA Visit ]

2008, April 15: - The University of Texas has established a five-year exchange agreement with Aga Khan University in Pakistan. The agreement will expand UTeach-Liberal Arts' Muslim Histories and Cultures Program, a training program for Texas high school teachers. [ San Antonio ]

2008, April 14: - The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims meets with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [ Photos ] [ More Photos ] [ More Photos ]

2008, April 14: - The University of Texas at Austin has established a five-year exchange agreement with Aga Khan University (AKU) in Pakistan, which has campuses in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The agreement includes research collaborations, special events and lectures, secondary teaching training programs, and faculty and student exchanges. [ News ]

2008, April 12: - On Thursday, April 17, 2008 Atlanta will welcome His Highness Prince Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of 15 million Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. The Aga Khan, at the invitation of Governor Purdue, will visit Atlanta as a part of four city visit he is undertaking to celebrate his Golden Jubilee, the 50th year as the Imam. He will be in Atlanta for three days following his visits to San Antonio, Los Angeles and Chicago. His visit will witness the gathering of over 25,000 of his followers from over 30 countries. The first day of his visit will be dedicated to private visit with his followers at GICC. [ Atlanta Visit ]

2008, April 12: - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, and Texas Governor Rick Perry today hailed a landmark agreement between the Aga Khan University (AKU) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) as a move towards narrowing the gap between the West and Islam and towards bridging the gulf between the industrialised countries and the developing world. [ Press Release ] [ Texas Gala Photos ]

2008, April 12: - ...As many of you know, I was studying in the United States when I succeeded my grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, as Imam in 1957. My ties here thus go back to the very beginning of my Imamat... [ Full Speech ]

2008, April 12: - His Highness the Aga Khan and Texas Gov. Rick Perry met at the capitol Saturday in a display of unity and mutual respect. The University of Texas and the Aga Khan signed a M.O.U.

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