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Where few others dare to tread: the Aga Khan in Africa

His Highness The Aga Khan IV

Prince Karim will celebrate his diamond jubilee as the Aga Khan this July. From the beginning of his time as Imam, he has been quietly supporting humanitarian and environmental work throughout Africa.

"We can say with conviction that Africa's moment has come." With this the Aga Khan brought a 2016 keynote address to a culmination. While he commended the continent's resilience, economic progress and a widening acceptance of diversity, it was this one sentence that summed up his optimism about the continent.

Aga Khan to visit Calgary in May 2018-04-23

The Aga Khan Steven Senne / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
calgary Herald

Members of Calgary’s Ismaili Muslim community are preparing for a visit from the Aga Khan next month.
The spiritual leader will be in Calgary from May 9 to 11 as part of a visit to Canada to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee anniversary.

The Aga Khan will visit Ottawa from May 1 to 4, including attending a dinner at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General, and will also visit Vancouver as part of the trip.

Volunteer Tasneem Rahim said the visit to Alberta is “a very significant occasion for Canada and the community.”

Qutb Shahi tombs back to days of yore

Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been carrying out conservation and restoration works at the heritage park.

Hyderabad: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the State government and Tata Trust has completed conservation works on 25 monuments and landscape restoration over a 20 acres zone at Qutb Shahi Heritage Park.

The restoration initiative had master-craftsmen clocking 1,50,000 man-days of work to restore structural stability and grandeur of the monuments, a press release from Aga Khan Trust said.

President Uhuru and The Aga Khan announce new project for Nairobi residents 2018-04-14

His Highness the Aga Khan signs protocols with Kenyan Government in Nairobi, Kenya 2018-04-14

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday met with his Highness the Aga Khan and discussed a project that will be implemented at Nairobi's City Park.

Speaking at State House on Friday, Uhuru stated that the initiative was geared towards enhancing the quality of life of Nairobi residents.

According to a statement released by State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu the project is set to restore Nairobi City Park to its past glory as the "Green Jewel ofNairobi".

Aga Khan is the current Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.

Divers find 'priceless' hoard of gold coins off Israel's Mediterranean coast

A scuba diver holds some of the gold coins recently found on the seabed in the ancient harbour in the Israeli town of Caesarea.
theguardian.com & nationalgeographic.com

Scuba divers have discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast – about 2,000 pieces dating back more than 1,000 years, the country’s antiquities authority said on Tuesday.

“The largest treasure of gold coins discovered in Israel was found in recent weeks on the seabed in the ancient harbour in Caesarea,” the authority said in a statement.

President Reagan, Prince Hussain & his goldfish

Letter from Prince Hussain to President Ronald Reagan of the USA in 1985

President Reagan, Prince Hussain & his goldfish

In the 1980s, when President Reagan was about to hold his first ever meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in Switzerland, the President was staying at a fine residence outside Geneva on the shore of Lake Geneva. The villa belonged to Prince Karim Aga Khan. The Prince, the Begum and their three children, Princess Zahra and her brothers Prince Rahim and Prince Hussain, had moved out so that the President could use the house.

Mawlana Hazar Imam to establish Ismaili Centre in Houston 2018-03-21

Mawlana Hazar Imam waves to the Jamat gathered outside the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston after the last Mulaqat

awlana Hazar Imam confirmed plans to build a high-profile centre in Houston on 22 March during his final Mulaqat of the USA Diamond Jubilee visit. He went on to say that the process of selecting architects is already underway with guidance from Hazar Imam’s brother Prince Amyn.
President of the Ismaili Council for the United States, Dr. Barkat Fazal, commented, “We are immensely grateful to Mawlana Hazar Imam as this Centre, representing our ethics and values, will serve as an ambassadorial building furthering community connection and dialogue.”

Chowk Wazir Khan — the revival of a 17th century wonder

Chowk Wazir Khan in Lahore, Pakistan a 17th century wonder

You all must be familiar with the jewel of Lahore, the Wazir Khan Mosque, but have you ever noticed the beauty of its outer quad, the chowk?

Aga Khan expresses interest to invest in Tanzania’s pharmaceutical industry

His Highness the Aga Khan meeting with His Excellency President of the United Republic of Tanzania John P. Magufuli. AKDN / Zahu

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The Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Charles Mwijage said on Wednesday 4 April that the government was planning to work closely with the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in ensuring that the planned investment is realised.

Dar es Salaam — His Highness the Aga Khan has shown interest to invest in Tanzania's Pharmaceutical industry, a cabinet minister has revealed.

Aga Khan-owned thoroughbred Vazirabad tops turf race at Dubai World Cup 2018-03-31

Vazirabad (Fr) sets a new track record when winning his third G2 Dubai Gold Cup.

DUBAI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- French thoroughbred Vazirabad won the 3,200 meter turf race known as the Dubai Gold Cup at the Meydan hippodrome, beating 15 competitors for the third time with a track record of three minutes and 17.92 seconds here on Saturday.

Ridden by jockey Christophe Soumillon and trained by Alain De Royer-Dupre, Vazirabad won ahead of its British rivals Sheikh Zayed Road and Rare Rhythm.
Vazirabad is owned by British national His Highness Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of 25 million global members of Isma'ilism, a community with within Shia Islam.

Rowe: The Aga Khan’s visit to Houston reminds us that a pluralist society begins in the classroom 2018-03-23

The Aga Khan arrived Sunday in Sugar Land to begin his 10-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States.  2018-03-18

In our increasingly globalized world, it is a pluralist cosmopolitan society that thrives. This is a society that recognizes and affirms diversity from within, and not only accepts those differences, but seeks to understand and learn from them.

Wazir Khan Hammam — a 17th century wonder 2018-03-22

Wazir Khan Hammam — a 17th century wonder   2018-03-22

The famous Queen Noor Jahan, wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, was suffering from an untreatable disease and all the local herbal doctors (Hakeem) and physicians had failed to cure her. That was the time when one of the courtiers told the emperor about a Hakeem of Chiniot Ilm Ud Ansari, and thus he was called to Lahore to cure the Queen’s disease which was distressing the emperor. So the Hakeem made his entry into the Royal Kingdom of the Mughals. Hakeem Ilm Ud Din Ansari figured out the cause of disease and cured it by making the Queen walk on burning sand.

AKF - Want to Create Pathways of Adaptability And Development Through Education, Says Matt Reed

His Highness The Aga Khan IV

New Delhi, Mar 20: The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is working in 30 countries. In India, AKDN activities span the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. In a conversation with Zee News, on the sidelines of the Zee Literature Festival, Matt Reed, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aga Khan Foundation (UK) and of AKDN, said his organisation hopes to create pathways of adaptability and development through education.

Mayor Turner Welcomes the Aga Khan to Houston 2018-03-18

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner welcomed His Highness the Aga Khan to Houston  2018-03-18

March 18, 2018 -- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner welcomed His Highness the Aga Khan to Houston today in commemoration of his Diamond Jubilee, which celebrates his 60th anniversary as spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims

The Art Lovers Who Founded Cairo 2018-03-18

Kohl Container of rock crystal from Egypt (12th century) Photo: Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo  2018-03-19

The Fatimids created the first alternative Muslim empire to fully challenge the orthodox Sunni Caliphate and ran a highly civilized, assiduously cultured and tolerant outfit.

y Melik Kaylan
March 19, 2018 4:30 p.m. ET



The Aga Khan to visit Houston on Sunday 2018-03-18


Friday, March 16, 2018 08:00PM
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --
His Highness the Aga Khan is making a 10-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States, marking 60 years of his leadership.

He will be visiting Atlanta and Houston.

The Aga Khan will be received by the Secretary of the State and the Ismaili Muslim leadership upon arrival in Houston on Sunday.

During his visit, he is scheduled to meet with Governor Abbott and the Ismaili community. A significant portion of the Ismaili community from around the U.S. is coming to Houston for this occasion.

Aga Khan museum holds rare Fatimids exhibition 2018-03-15

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada  2014-09-12

The first of its kind exhibition has been opened at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada.

The exhibition is about the Fatimids, an Ismaili Shia Islamic caliphate descended from Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima.

The display, which runs until July 2, consists of luminous ceramics, intricate carvings shaped from rock crystals, and artefacts decorated with Kufic calligraphy and embellished with vines and leaves.

It is intended to showcase the life, times and the cultural expressions of the Fatimids.

Georgia’s Governor Deal presents His Highness the Aga Khan with Proclamation on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee 2018-03-14

Georgia’s Governor Deal presents His Highness the Aga Khan with Proclamation on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee 2018-03-14

For 60 years, the Aga Khan has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to improving the human condition for the betterment of individuals and the advancement of societies around the world.”

The Queen dazzles in a fuchsia ball gown as she holds a glittering reception to celebrate the Aga Khan's Diamond jubilee

His Highness the Aga Khan with Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle  2018-03-08

e are used to seeing Her Royal Majesty in a uniform of conservative suits, but tonight she delighted royal fans as she slipped into a dazzling ballgown.

The Queen welcomed dignitaries to Windsor Castle for a glittering reception on Wednesday evening, and did so in a hot pink dress.

The 91-year-old monarch looked elegant in a floor-length gown silk gown complete with gold motifs as she welcomed guests to the White Drawing Room.

The event was held in celebration of the Diamond jubilee of the the Aga Khan's leadership as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community.

Mozambique: Minister of Education signs MoU with Aga Khan Development Network

Minister of Education and Human Development Conceita Sortane and AKDN representative Nazim Ahmad – to sign a memorandum of under

Minister of Education and Human Development Conceita Sortane has used the occasion of a visit to the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo – at the invitation of Aga Khan Network development representative Nazim Ahmad – to sign a memorandum of understanding acknowledging the longstanding good relations between the two parties.

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