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Updated on August 11, 2022 at 16:14 EST



Mehdi Mohaghegh: "Nasir-i Khusraw and his Spiritual Nisbah" - Nasir-i Khusraw (d. 481) the Persian poet, philosopher, traveller and propagandist was known first by his diwan and travel accounts. It was after the appearance of Zad al-mussafirin and Jami‘ al-Hikmatain that he became known as a philosopher. His other works Wajh-i Din, Khan al-Ikhwan, Gushayish wa Rahayish and Shish fasl represent him as a prominent Ismaili theologian. Before the emergence of these works, Nasir-i Khusraw was known only through a fabricated biography, falsely attributed to him as his autobiography, which has been quoted by several biographers. [READ MORE HERE!]

2022, August 11th: Prince Amyn Aga Khan Speech in Houston!

2022, August 9: Prince Amyn Aga Khan arrives in Houston this afternoon at 1pm. He was bestowed an Honorary Citizenship to the City of Houston in recognition of his dedication to welfare of humanity. There will be a live presentation from Houston, USA, on Thursday 11 August, featuring reflections on the upcoming Ismaili Center from Prince Amyn and Mayor of the City of Houston Sylvester Turner. [More]



2022, July 19: City Council on July 19 and 20, 2022, adopted the following: 1. City Council assign the ceremonial name "Aga Khan Boulevard" to Wynford Drive between Don Mills Road and the east side of the Don Valley Parkway overpass. 2. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services, to alter the street name signs on Wynford Drive from Don Mills Road to the east side of the Don Valley Parkway overpass to reflect both the official street name and the ceremonial name "Aga Khan Boulevard". [MORE]

2022, July 19: : Prince Amyn Aga Khan visited the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. The next day on July 20, he attended the banquet in honour of the donors of the Museum. These are pics from the 19th when Prince Amyn Aga Khan arrived at the Museum on what will be soon known as the Aga Khan Boulevard in Toronto. [MORE]

2022, July 08: Lisbon, Portugal: Aga Khan Master Musician and Guest Artist: At the Castelo de Sao Jorge in the presence of President Rebello de Souza of Portugal and Prince Amyn Aga Khan. [More News and Photos] [VIDEO]

2022, June 29: Princess Zahra accepts winner's trophy at Sandown after Vadeni won the 2022 Coral-Eclipse with jockey C. Soumillon. [VIDEO] [News]

2022, June 27: An Ismaili Imamat delegation led by Prince Rahim is attending the Ocean Conference in Lisbon at the invitation of the United Nations (UN). The conference aims to raise awareness and action around the alarming degradation of the planet’s oceans – which not only provide us with oxygen, food and livelihoods, but act as a giant carbon sink. 2022, June 28 - Prince Rahim Aga Khan meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the United Nation Ocean Conference 2022. The Conference ends on July 1st 2022. [MORE News and Photos]

2022, June 19: Princess Zahra Aga Khan and her daughter Princess Sara were seen at the racecourse in Chantilly for the Prix de Diane 2022. More Photos [here!]

2022, June 18: Princess Zahra gave the Speech at the UCA 2022 Graduation. Read her Speech and watch her VIDEO[here!]

2022, April 09: Aga Khan constructing Sh13.8bn Cancer Centre in Dar es Salaam: Dar es Salaam. The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, has officially launched the construction of its state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment Centre that will benefit up to 1.7 million people in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza regions. The centre, which will be built at the hospital in Dar es Salaam, will receive up to 125 patients in need of radiation services per day. The construction comes at a time when official data from the Health minister, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, shows that 68 out of 100 cancer patients die each year. [More News, Photos] [[Video]]

2022, March 31: Speaking on behalf of His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince Rahim urged the international community to act with generosity and speed at a time when so many Afghans are in peril.[More News, Photo and Video!] [Video]

2022, March 26: Lisbon, Portugal - Ismaili CIVIC Portugal hosted a blood donation campaign today at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon. The Portuguese Minister for Health and Prince Hussain attended the pop-up clinic, organised to boost blood reserves in the country - Prince Hussain Aga Khan joins Jamati, AKDN, and Government leaders[More News and Photos!] Ismaili CIVIC Portugal hosted a blood donation campaign today at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon. The Portuguese Minister for Health and Prince Hussain attended the pop-up clinic, organised to boost blood reserves in the country.

2022, March 19: Aga Khan Music Program workshop concluded yesterday Friday 18 March at the Cultural Hall, which was presented to a number of musicians in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in the presence of His Highness Prince Amyn Aga Khan. The workshop focused on reading the creative process of Agha Khan band’s senior musical works in the light of traditional and contemporary music, including a free session of various musical instruments, as well as advanced lessons in improvisation and composing between cultures. [MORE]

2022 March 17-19. Prince Rahim Aga Khan arrived in Maputo for a three-day visit, during which he will meet senior state officials and leaders of the Jamat, and attend the inauguration ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy Maputo. Prince Rahim’s visit began at the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare for a meeting with Minister Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane. The Minister congratulated Prince Rahim on the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy Maputo, as she fondly recalled her childhood, when she and her siblings attended Aga Khan schools in neighbouring Tanzania. Prince Rahim also visited the Presidential Palace in Maputo, where he met with President Filipe Nyusi. Prince Rahim conveyed Mawlana Hazar Imam’s greetings and warm wishes to President Nyusi, and acknowledged the long-standing relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and Mozambique..[More News and Photos!] [VIDEO]

2022 March 15. Prince Rahim is visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the invitation of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Member of the Cabinet and the Minister of Tolerance for the United Arab Emirates. Prince Rahim met with His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan at Expo 2020, Dubai.[More News and Photos!]

2022 March 14th. Commonwealth Day 2022: Our Unity is Our Strength [Video]

2022 March 6th and 7th. Prince Rahim Aga Khan made a Speech at AKU & SDSN Climate Change Conference - Pakistan's Challenges of Climate Change, Health and Nutrition in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals: Strategy for Change. [LINK] [Video]

2022, February 26: Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended in person in Nairobi, Kenya the Global Convocation Ceremony of the AKU this year. The ceremony was held virtualy online at 12:30pm London, UK time. Speakers at AKU convocation on February 26, 2022: Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Trustee AKU - Peter Kalmus, Chief Guest and Sulaiman Shahabuddin, President AKU [Follow here for News] [VIDEO]

2022, February 23: Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the GCP Virtual Award Ceremony. Hosted by Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie and featuring Jury Chair, the Rt. Honourable Joe Clark, the ceremony will announce the three winners of the 2021 Global Pluralism Award. Each Award will be presented by a member of the Global Centre for Pluralism's Board of Directors: Princess Zahra Aga Khan, the Rt. Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and James Mwangi. [More Info] [Video]

2022-02-09: Prince Rahim Aga Khan met with United Nations Secretary General Mr Antonio Guterres at the UN’s Headquarters in New York on 9 February 2022. During the meeting, Mr Guterres and Prince Rahim spoke about the longstanding partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network and the United Nations, and discussed ways in which to enhance collaboration between the agencies of the two institutions to improve the quality of life of marginalised communities in particular, in Asia and Africa. Recognising also the historical relationship between the UN and the Ismaili Imamat, the Secretary General and Prince Rahim agreed on the importance of regular consultation to strengthen collaboration and achieve mutual objectives. [More]

2022, February 04: H.H. The Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, in Lisbon on 4 February 2022. During their meeting, Hazar Imam and President Marcelo spoke about several matters of mutual interest, including the presence and activities of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking countries, and around the world. Mawlana Hazar Imam was joined at the meeting by Princess Zahra and her daughter Miss Sara Boyden. [More]

2022, January 17 - AGA KHAN sends Message of Peace for Jamat of Badakshan and Tajikistan - NEW TALIKA: "I reiterate my farman to my Jamat to reject any form of violence, disorder, illegal activity, or other actions which are contrary to the laws of the land. I especially advise members of my Tajik Jamat, wherever they live, not to engage in any activities that might impede the restoration of peace and good order." [MORE]

2022, January 3 to 8: Prince Rahim visited Kenya from 3rd January to 8th January 2022. This was the first visit to Nairobi and the game parks for Prince Sinan and his elder brother Prince Irfan. [More]

2021, December 28: One hundred years after the Aga Khan III made his first purchase at the Tattersalls July Sale, the bloodstock empire he built, and which has been carefully cultivated by his grandson, HH the Aga Khan IV, continues to thrive. Following Tuesday's first instalment of the early years of the Aga Khan Studs, the second part sees the baton pass in sad circumstances, heralding a major restructuring of the operation. The text is reproduced by kind permission from the Aga Khan Studs' centenary brochure, written by Emma Berry and John Berry. [More]

2021, December 25: Prince Rahim met with His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal at the Presidential Palace. At the meeting, Prince Rahim conveyed to the President and the people of Portugal Season’s Greetings and best wishes for the new year. The President and Prince Rahim acknowledged the strong relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and Portugal, and spoke about the presence and activities of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking countries, and globally. [MORE]

2021, November 18: PARIS, FRANCE - Prince Amyn Aga Khan attends at the Opera Comique Gala in Paris, France. (Photo by Luc Castel/Getty Images)

2021, November 6: Taliban leader meets with top Aga Khan Foundation member, discusses strategy for Afghanistan. Kabul [Afghanistan], November 6 (ANI): The Taliban's spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that the top leaders of the group met with the envoy of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Akbar Pesnani, to discuss a comprehensive development strategy for Afghanistan, Sputnik reported. Hanafi said that the Taliban is ready to assist the foundation in its mission in the country. Emphasising that the joint activities should focus on the development of the health care and education systems in Afghanistan, Hanafi said that the Taliban had already begun creating conditions for girls' education in the country. Pesnani also stated that the current priority should be the development of female education in Afghanistan. [LINK 1] [LINK2]

2021, October 26: Prince Amyn and Portuguese President inaugurate NOVA's Westmont Hospitality Hall in Lisbon - The Westmont Institute of Tourism and Hospitality is the latest development in the partnership between NOVA University's School of Business and Economics and Westmont Hospitality Group, a joint initiative aiming to develop and promote education in hospitality, tourism, and service management. (The Ismaili) [MORE] [VIDEO]

2021, October 12: 02:00 PM in London - World Habitat Award - WHA 2020 Presentation Event: Celebrating Outstanding Housing Solutions: The event will feature the two World Habitat Award Gold winners: Newcastle City Council, UK and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Pakistan. [More]

2021, October 1st: AGA KHAN MUSEUM - ONLINE 2021 Lapis Digital Benefit - 8:00pm to 9:00pm EDT - eye-opening stories based on masterpieces in the Museum collections, to stellar performances and intimate talks by eight artists from North America, East and South Asia, the Middle East, and the Iberian Peninsula. [Video]

2021, September 6: Ceremony to name The New Private Wing Complex at AKU in Karachi, Pakistan as the Princess Zahra Pavilion. [More] [Speech-Video]

2021, August 6th - 10th : Third International lsmaili Studies Conference, "Histories, Philosophies and Communities," organized by the Leiden University Shii Studies Initiative. [All 50 speeches video here] [Full Program and More]

2021, July 13: The Aga Khan and Prince Rahim were received at the Hotel de Matignon, office of the Prime Minister in Paris, for a meeting with French Prime Minister Jean Castex. They discussed international issues, the situation of Islam in France and the common projects between the Ismaili Imamat and the French Government. [More News]

2021, June 19: The Aga Khan IV delivered a virtual address at the University of Central Asia's first-ever convocation on 19 June. The ceremony will honour the first class of undergraduate students at the School of Arts and Sciences and will be livestreamed from the University campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan and Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. The Governors of Naryn and Gorno Badakhshan were in attendance along with the Ministers of Education for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. [VIDEO] [PHOTOS AND NEWS]

2021, June 11: Charter Granting Ceremony and Inauguration of the Aga Khan University Centre, Nairobi - His Highness the Aga Khan , H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, signed the granting of the Charter and unveiled the plaque. Mowlana Hazar Imam participated via video-conference virtually and the whole program was live webcast.[More] [Video]

2021, June 6: The Aga Khan's horse Saiydabad ran at Chantilly and came fourth in the race. [Photo & More]

2021, June 5: The films Beacons of Hope and 7 Seas by Prince Hussain Aga Khan was launched on on World Environment Day, 5 June 2021.

2021, May 22: at 3:30pm EAT, webcast of the Global Convocation of the AKU. H.H. The Aga Khan addressed the graduates. Chief Guest was Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [NEWS] [VIDEO

2021, May 19: Pluralism lectures - This year the opening remarks was by Princess Zahra Aga khan. [More news] [Webcast here: Webcast here]


Did You Know?

Our 46th Holy Imam Hassanali Shah had 10 children - 4 sons named Imam Aqa Alyshah, Jangishah, Jalalshah and Akbarshah. His 6 daughters were named Bibi Saheba, Bibi Homa, Bibi Gawhar, Bibi Tajmah, Bibi Maleka and Bibi Shujaa.