Aga Khan - Timeline - 1980

Aga Khan IV - Timeline - 1980


January 1980: Inaugurated and donated U.S. $11.5 million to the Harvard-M.I.T. Islamic Architecture Program.

Hazar Imam has said upon the establishment of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture that: "The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is intended to encourage an understanding and awareness of the strength and diversity of Muslim cultural traditions which, when combined with an enlightened use of modern technology for contemporary society, will result in buildings more appropriate for the Islamic world of tomorrow." The event was reported by several newspapers.

March 26, 1980: During her visit to India, Begum Salimah gave a speech to the All-India Women's Conference in New Delhi held in the "Aga Khan Hall" of the newly inaugurated building opened by Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India. Hazar Imam was the Guest of Honour. (click here)

A British newspaper published on Hazar Imam under the title The Ismailis' Rich Champion".

April 8, 1980: Hazar Imam pledged $1 million to McGill University of Montreal, Canada for its Institute of Islamic Studies (click here)

April 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam chaired the first M.I.S meeting at Aiglemont.

April 21, 1980: Hazar Imam gave a speech to the Architectural League in New York. (click here)

The world starts to see Hazar Imam in a very special way..

May 4, 1980: Fifth Architectural Seminar held at Amman, Jordan attended by King Hussein who formally opened the seminar entitled "The Search for Form, Places of Public Gathering In Islam" In His opening remarks, Hazar Imam said; "It is right that I should state My belief that whatever efforts the Award may make to give a new direction and sense of purpose to the environment of the future in the Islamic world, no substantial or long-term results can be achieved unless the Governments and people of Islam ." (click here)

May 7, 1980: Closing Remarks given by Hazar Imam at the Fifth Architectural Awards seminar (click here)

July 3 - 5 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam visited the Paris Jamat. Jamats from France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and Spain gathered at Porte de Versailles on Thursday, July 3rd. On Saturday July 5th the Jamat gathered again for Holy Deedar.

July 3, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam invited European Jamati leaders to Aiglemont.

August 4-8, 1980: Review Conference II was held in Nairobi on the Management Information Systems (M.I.S) attended by representatives from the world over, Hazar Imam's Secretariat at Aiglemont and ECOGRANT Pakistan. Prince Amyn also attended this conference held at the Aga Khan Religious & Cultural Centre, Parklands. (click here)

September 3, 1980: His Highness signed the contract for the construction of the main complex of the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical University, Karachi.

October 21 - 27, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam, Begum Salimah and Prince Amyn visited Pakistan. They arrived in Lahore and were met by government officials of Punjab.

October 22, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah attended a banquet in their honour hosted by President Zia-ul Haq at the Governor House.

October 22, 1980: Seminar held at the National College of Arts, Lahore where Hazar Imam gave an address.

October 23, 1980: Hazar Imam gave a speech at the presentation ceremony of the 1st Aga Khan Awards for Architecture in Lahore, Pakistan. (click here)

October 23, 1980: Hazar Imam addressed the lunch gathering at the Press Conference Hall, Hilton Hotel in Lahore.

October 22 - 23 1980: Two days seminars on Islamic architecture were held at the majestic Shalimar Gardens, in Lahore, Pakistan. The seminars were also attended by President Zia ul-Haq, Prince Amyn Mohammed and the Director-General of UNESCO Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow The prize money of $500,000 was further supplemented with the Chairman's Special Award of $100,000. (click here)

October 24, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam visited the Jamat gathered in Lahore. In the afternoon, Hazar Imam and Princess Salimah attended a civic reception hosted by the Mayor and citizens of Lahore at the Bagh-e-Jinnah. The Mayor, Mian Shuja-ur-Rahman, presented Prince Karim Aga Khan with the Honorary Citizenship of Lahore as well as the Key of Lahore. "Last night the Shalimar Gardens smiled" said Hazar Imam.

October 24, 1980: On his birthday, Prince Amyn, in his capacity as Chief Scout of world Ismailis, attended a Grand Rally organised by the members of His Royal Highness the Aga Khan Association for Ismaili Scouts, Guides, Bands and Orchestras at the Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan School Grounds, Karachi. "I am proud that you have decided to celebrate Chief Scout Day on my birthday " said Prince Amyn. (click here)

October 25, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam attended a seminar at Hotel Intercontinental, Karachi, organised in his honour and Begum Salimah's by the Institute of Architects. Prince Amyn also attended this function in which Hazar Imam was welcomed by these words from Mrs. Yasmeen Lari: "Today I am happy to welcome you to this city which is the birth-place of your grandfather " (click here)

October 26, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam visited the Jamat of Karachi.

October 26, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam hosted a banquet for Governor and Begum Abbasi.

October 26, 1980: Begum Salimah visited Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan Schools, Karachi.

October 27, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam left Karachi for New Delhi before proceeding to Paris.

October 31, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam's admiration and loving blessings for the organisers of the Prize-giving ceremony of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. (click here)

December 10, 1980: Mowlana Hazar Imam delivered a speech at the Hirshorn Museum at a program focusing on the Architectural Awards. This event was co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. (photo). The function was attended by Ambassador Lucius Battle, Chairman of the National Committee to Honor the Fourteenth Centennial of Islam.

December 11, 1980: Hazar Imam was welcomed to the United Nations by Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim by the words; "Service to the world community is a family tradition to His Highness " Mowlana Hazar Imam delivered a speech to the United Nations Development Programme in New York.


With Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Vice-President Hidayatullah, India, 1980

With President Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistan, 1980

With President Hafez Assad, Syria, 1980

With King Hussein, Jordan, 1980

Mayor of Lahore presenting Freedom of the City of Lahore to Mowlana Hazar Imam.

L'Aga Khan et la Begum Salima president aux Regates de Sardaigne.

Mowlana Hazar Imam with Edward Heath during the yacht race.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum at the "Admiral Cup" with the winning trophy.

Mowlana Hazar Imam, 1980

The Noorani Family, 1980

At Harvard/MIT Islamic Architecture Program, January 1980

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Lord Matthews, Deputy Chairman of the Trafalgar House Group of Companies at the signing ceremony for the main contract of the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Karachi (model in forefront). London, UK; September 1980

Mowlana Hazar Imam with Ranjit Sabikhi and Ramesh Khosla a Canadian designer, after receiving the first AKAA for their design of the Sheraton Mughal Hotel at Agra, India.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Hassan Fathy, winner of the Chairman's Award and considered the "father" of modern Islamic architecture at Lahore.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah at the Hirshorn Museum of the Smithsonian in Washington; Ambassador Lucius Battle, Chairman of the National Committee to Honor the Fourteenth Centennial of Islam (far left) and Dillon Ripley, Director of the Smithsonian Insitution(centre left).

Mowlana Hazar Imam delivers address at the United Nations "Service to the World Community is a family tradition for His Highness..."welcoming words of Sec. Gen. Kurt Waldheim

Mowlana Hazar Imam chats with his hosts United Nations Sec. Gen. Kurt-Waldheim and UNDP Administrator Bradford Morse.

Mowlana Hazar Imam at the U.N: Mr.s Waldheim, Begum Salimah, U.N.Sec. Gen. Kurt Waldheim and Princess Yasmin at the Hirshorn Museum, program focused on Architectural Awards and was hosted by the National Committee to Honor the Fourteenth Centennial of Islam.

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