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The Holy Quran asks Muslims not to be passive recipients of our Natural Habitat but instead to be faithful stewards of the divine creation; we need to expand our commitment in all directions. This means not merely conforming to the power of nature, but actively engaging with its challenges.

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A true dialogue requires not only that we articulate one perspective, but also that we listen – attentively - to other perspectives. More than that, it asks us not only to listen to one another, but also to learn from one another.

Speech by His Highness The Aga Khan IV at The Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 Award Presentation Ceremony

His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 ceremony. AKDN / Akbar Hakim
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akdn.org

Bismillah-ir-Rahaman-ir-Rahim

As-Salam-Alai-Kum, Peace be upon you

Your Excellency Mintimer Shaimiev,
Your Excellency Eleonora Mitrofanova,
Respected Members of the Government,
Distinguished Guests

What an enormous pleasure it is to welcome all of you to this ceremony.

We gather today with a group of extraordinary people, in an extraordinary place, and for an extraordinary purpose.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is organised around a series of three-year cycles - each one culminating in the recognition of our Award recipients.

2019 Shortlist announced for Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Saif Ul Haque recieves 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Courtesy

Geneva, Switzerland, 25 April 2019 – The 20 shortlisted projects for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today. The projects will compete for US$ 1 million in prize money.

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Our Ismaili tradition, however, has always accepted the spirit of pluralism among schools of interpretation of the faith, and seen this not as a negative value, but as a true reflection of divine plenitude. Indeed, pluralism is seen as essential to the very survival of humanity

H. H. The Aga Khan’s homebred Edisa Scores in Jockey Club Oaks

Edisa | Sarah K Andrew
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Thoroughbred Daily News

BELMONT, NY – H. H. The Aga Khan’s homebred Edisa overcame an awkward start by flying home in the late stages to win Saturday’s $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park.

Restored by the AKTC - Nila Gumbad at Humayun Tomb Complex opened for general public

Nila Gumbad was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument as part of the extended Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site.
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The Siasat Daily

ew Delhi [India]: The entry for Nila Gumbad at Humayun Tomb Complex in the national capital was opened on Saturday for the general public.
Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel opened the gate and also leads a morning walk at Humayun Tomb Complex as part of the Fit India Movement.

In 2017, Nila Gumbad was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument as part of the extended Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site.

The Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Bahrain, the revitalization of Muharraq, a World Heritage site with a history of pearling, is being honored for an ongoing progr
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architecturalrecord.com

In a profession crowded with prizes, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture remains one of the world’s most significant and influential honors. Established in 1977 by His Highness the Aga Khan, the awards, which are given every three years, shine a light on parts of the globe that are often overlooked by Western critics and professionals. The prizes focus on projects that have an impact on communities with Muslim populations and histories, often in underserved areas. Contenders for the award can be new buildings or adaptive re-use, landscape and urban design projects.

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I genuinely believe that generations that are born, brought up, and live in better-quality surroundings have a different outlook on life. Architecture is, in my view, a method of creating development, well-being. And I think architecture, if it goes wrong, can be a source of conflict or destabilization.

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The industrialized world has attached a very great premium to materialism. Has there been, as a consequence to that, a dehumanization of society? Has the individual lost his sense of identity? What has been the impact on ethical standards, generally speaking? Have ethical standards fallen?

Interview with Paul Chutkow - THE AGA KHAN'S VISION

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ismaili.net

THE AGA KHAN'S VISION - To him, architecture is not the mother of the arts; it is the mother of civilization

Inauguration spree: Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel to unveil three projects in Delhi

Conservation of Neela Gumbad was completed in 2014 | ( Photo | AKTC )
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The New India Express

By Express News Service
NEW DELHI: Almost five years after its conservation, Neela Gumbad, the blue-tiled tomb in the 16th century mausoleum complex of Mughal emperor Humayun, is likely to be unveiled officially on Saturday.

According to officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel will inaugurate the ancient domed building on August 31 with two other projects — a new museum displaying retrieved and confiscated antiquities at Purana Quila and new-fangled illumination at Qutub Minar complex.

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For instance, most of you have heard Sony radios. Some of you may own sets made in Japan by Sony, but the Sony Corporation was once a purely American company. It set up business in war devastated Japan 20 years ago and, with the aid of the remarkable mechanical ingenuity of the Japanese, developed the modern transistor which has had such an enormous influence on the radio and electronics industries

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The communication satellite can provide cheap and rapid telephone communications all over the world. It can be used for extremely accurate long-range weather forecasting of incalculable value to your farming community. It also has a tremendous potential for educational television.

The 'Roof of the World' Festival Keeps Tajikistan's Traditional Culture Alive

‘Roof Top of the World” annual cultural festival in Tajikistan
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www.indepthnews.net

KHOROG, Tajikistan (IDN) – In this mountainous Gorno Badakhshan region with around a third of the population estimated to be unemployed, the exodus of the people for greener pastures abroad has gathered momentum in the past decade. To protect the colourful traditional culture from disappearing along with its population, the ‘Roof Top of the World” annual cultural festival was launched 12 years ago.

It now has the added objectives of attracting both its expat population to come back for a summer cultural break as well as to attract tourist to the region.

Shergar’s trainer reveals famous steed was ‘kindest horse’ he ever worked with in new TG4 doc

Shergar with owner His Highness the Aga Khan and trainer Michael Stoute shown at Royal Ascot in 1981
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The Irish Sun

SHERGAR’S trainer Michael Stoute has told how the famous steed was “the kindest horse” he worked with.

The Irish-bred thoroughbred was stolen from Ballymany Stud in Co Kildare in 1983 for a ransom of £2million, which was never paid.

The winner of the Epsom and Irish Derbys in 1981 — who was owned by the Aga Khan — is believed to have been shot by his IRA kidnappers after injuring his leg, though the organisation has never officially accepted responsibility.

Work for your dreams, Joho, Hensley urge budding basketballers at Aga Khan Academy - Mombasa

The Governor of Mombasa Hassan Ali Joho and National Basketball Association (NBA) agent, J.R. Hensley, visited the Aga Khan Acad
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citizentv.co.ke

The Governor of Mombasa Hassan Ali Joho and National Basketball Association (NBA) agent, J.R. Hensley, visited the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa to meet the school’s girls and boys basketball teams in light of their numerous high-level achievements, most notably in the National Games and with the Giants of Africa basketball camps.

After watching the teams play, Joho and Hensley spoke to the teams about the importance of being active in sports while also striving to perform well in academics.

Resource center for parents and children opened in Naryn

Resource center for parents and children opened in Naryn by Aga Khan Academy
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AKI Press

AKIPRESS.COM - The opening ceremony of a parental resource center in the Naryn District Library named after E. Ibraev took place in Naryn on August 21, the Aga Khan Foundation reports.

The opening of the center was made possible thanks to a joint initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Academy, which are both agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network.

Delhi ‘baolis’: Stepping into the past to manage water needs 2019-08-26

Agrasen ki Baoli in central Delhi.
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The Asian Age

The 14th century baoli in the Kotla Feroz Shah complex is another example of a stepwell still in use. the decrepit well still waters the gardens.

Once important community spaces, stepwells from centuries ago needn’t just be relics of the past for tourists and history buffs but can be used to conserve water in these arid times, even with dipping groundwater levels, say conservationists and historians.

Will Turkey's oldest library sweep Aga Khan prize? Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/08/turkeys-oldest-

The renovated Beyazit State Library, Istanbul, Turkey
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Al-Monitor

Standing in the heart of Roman Constantinople, next to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and its open air market of secondhand books and manuscripts, the Beyazit State Library demonstrates that a 19th-century Ottoman edifice can retain its character and still serve the public on a daily basis.


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