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Exerpts from Speech by Aga Khan, exhibition of Thomas Herzog's work, new architectural Web sites-2002-01-02

The Architectural Review

Speaking in Syria, the Aga Khan called for new links between technology and Islam.

'Syria has demonstrated the power of Islam as a crucible for the spirit and the intellect, transcending boundaries of geography and culture. The Aga Khan celebrated a quarter century of his Awards for Architecture (AR November) at the Citadel in Aleppo late last year.

Agha Khan / Speech-2001-11-09

The Spiritual Leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, Prince Kareem Agha Khan highly appreciated what he has seen in Syria of aspects of tolerance, fraternity and the joint living between the different groups.

During a meeting with mass of citizens in Tartous today, he noted that the basis which the Agha Khan foundation for development would depend on during cooperation with the Syrian institutions was put on.

'' Islam imposes on the individual to balance between the spiritual life and the financial life and his efforts have to be based on the values of Islam.'' the Prince added.

Address at the Foundation Stone Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre-2003-08-30

Institute of Ismaili studies

Your Excellency President Rahmonov,
Your Worship the Mayor of Dushanbe,
Your Excellencies,
Distinguished Guests,

This ceremony represents a milestone in the history of the Ismaili Muslim Community’s presence in Central Asia, a presence which dates back to the second century of Islam. For me personally, as the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismailis, this is a day of great happiness. It is also fitting that the foundation ceremony of a landmark cultural and religious centre should coincide with the celebration of the one thousandth anniversary of the birth of Syedna Nasir Khusraw.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan-2004-05-19

2004-05-19 agakhan2

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
Your Excellency the Governor General,
Conference Participants,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

I thank Your Excellency the Governor for inviting me to share some thoughts in this closing session of the Leadership and Diversity Conference. On this occasion, I would also like to thank Your Excellency and the Government of Canada for the warm welcome and the kindness and courtesies that have been extended to me.

Speech by Chief Minister of Andra Pradesh, Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy-2009-09-22


It gives me great pleasure and immense satisfaction to associate myself on the auspicious occasion of laying the foundation stone ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy at Hyderabad. His Highness Sri Aga Khan requires no introduction to this august gathering here. Yet to refresh our memories, Sri Aga Khan has become Imam at the age of 20, one of the youngest hereditary spiritual leaders in the world.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone-Laying Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy-2009-09-22


Your Excellency the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Honorable Ministers
Distinguished Guests
Ladies And Gentlemen


Let me begin by thanking all of you for honoring us by joining in this celebration – at this truly magnificent site. We are most deeply grateful to all who helped to make this site available to our Academy program. Your generosity will be a continuing inspiration to us all.

Speech by H.H. the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Revitalized Forodhani Park, Stone Town, Zanzibar - 2009-07-30



His Excellency President Karume and Mrs. Karume
Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Zanzibar
Honourable Chief Justice
Honourable Minister Mansour Himid, and I thank you for your very kind words
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a distinct pleasure for me to be part of this great occasion - in this very special setting.



President LemierreHonourable Ministers
Ladies and Gentlemen

I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the participants in the Annual Meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Tashkent this year. I would like to thank President Karimov for his gracious welcome. It is with pleasure that I am visiting Uzbekistan again

Speech - AGA KHAN VISITS MOZAMBIQUE - 2004-06-25


Your Excellency President ChissanoYour Excellency the President of the Assembly
Your Excellency the Prime Minister
Honourable Ministers
Honourable Mayor
Ladies and Gentlemen

What event could express a greater aspiration than laying the foundation of a school that hopes to inspire its students to explore horizons beyond their own, develop their mental resilience and discover the bonds of mutuality that cut across differences of culture, ethnicity, religion or background?



President Mkapa, Honoured Guests and Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you very much for being with us today. Your presence on this important occasion is very special to us.Mr. President you have been a most staunch supporter of a new Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development here in Dar-es Salaam. And you have espoused vigoursly the launching of a new Academy.

More - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan during His visit to the Nothern Areas in Pakistan - 2000-10-19

Your Excellency Mr. Abbas Sarfaraz Khan, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas, Your Excellency Mr. Kurt Juul, Administrator and Head of the European Commission Delegation in Pakistan, Your Excellency Mr. Yannick Gerard, Ambassador of France Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,Assa'lam-o-Alaikum,

Speech 26 January - AGA KHAN, JET SETTING ON HIGHER PLANE - 2005-01-26

Honoured Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen:

I believe profoundly that architecture is not just about building. It is a means of improving people's quality of life. At its best, it should mirror the plurality of cultural traditions and the diverse needs of communities, both urban and rural. At the same time it must employ modern technologies to help fulfill desirable aspirations for the future.


Speech By His Highness the Aga KhanInauguration ceremony of the Restored Humayun's Tomb Gardens
Your Excellency, Shri Jagmohan, Minister of Culture
Distinguished Guests,

I would like to begin by expressing my warmest gratitude to the Government for inviting me to India, and to the Minister for Tourism and Culture, His Excellency Shri Jagmohan, for honouring this inaugural ceremony with his presence.


www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1120468323051&apage=2 The Jordan Times

VIEW: Closing Africa's journalism deficit

Speech At the Inauguration of the Mombasa AGA KHAN ACADEMY - 2003-12-21

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy Kilindini, Mombasa, Kenya
Saturday 20th December 2003

Your Excellency, President Mwai Kibaki,Honourable Minister for Education, Professor. George Saitoti,Honourable Ministers,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen

Speech 25 January Gala - AGA KHAN, JET SETTING ON HIGHER PLANE - 2005-01-26

Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:First I would like to thank Charles Correa and Jim Wolfensohn for their kind words.

Speech on the Occasion of the Sod-turning Ceremony for The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Foundation - CEREMONY FOR THE DELEGATION OF THE ISMAILI IMAMAT FOUNDATION - 2005-06-06


Your Highness, you are aware that John Ralston Saul and I have paid two visits to Kabul, Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops deployed there. On our first visit, in December of 2003, we found a city that was practically flattened, and a people that seemed to be in disbelief that they were no longer in the midst of total war. One year later, we returned and immediately sensed that there was new hope. There were more people going about their business in the streets, a wider selection of food in the markets, and increased availability of practical goods like bicycle tires and oil cans.

with Opening of 5-star Kabul Serena Hotel - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08


President KarzaiYour Excellencies
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is my immense happiness and privilege to welcome you all as we celebrate the inauguration of one of Kabul's restored landmarks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those professionals, architects, construction trades, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard, under so many constraints, to build this hotel and prepare it for today's opening.

Speech by Aly Mawji - 2005 RAYMOND GEORIS PRIZE - 2005-06-04


Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
I am grateful to the Network of European Foundations Mercator Fund for selecting the Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan as the recipient of the 2005 Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy. As its resident representative in Kabul, it is a privilege to accept this recognition on behalf of the AKDN (as we refer to it), its Chairman, His Highness the Aga Khan, and the hundreds of volunteers and employees in Afghanistan on which its work depends.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan - Cairo - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25


Bi-'smi Llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-RahimMadame Mubarak, Excellencies, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Twenty-one years ago we had a vision that launched us on a journey of inquiry, exploration and discovery that took us through some 1,000 years of history of this extraordinary city.

It was a journey in which we engaged with historians, archeologists, architects and horticulturalists. We worked with engineers, statisticians, sociologists and urban planners. We met with neighbourhood residents and businessmen, artisans and entrepreneurs, young people and old.

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