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Monday, 2014, March 24Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre a dramatic intrusion of elegance: Hume 2014-03-24
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and His Highness the Aga Khan unveil a plaque commemorating the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili
Source: 
thestar.com

It isn’t every day, or decade, that the city gets a beautiful new museum, not just paid for and fully stocked, but located in a part of town where architectural excellence is rare.

Toronto’s next important cultural institution, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Ismaili Centre next door will open this fall on Wynford Dr. near Eglinton Ave. and the Don Valley Parkway. The two stone-clad structures sit in a formal Islamic garden adapted to one of the most visible sites in Toronto, a 6.8-hectare high point known to countless commuters.

Saturday, 2007, March 24ISLAMIC TREASURES - 2007-03-24
Mr. Elvio Ubaldi, Mayor of Parma; His Highness the Aga Khan; Mr. Meli, Sovraintendente Teatro Regio, Mrs. Lucia Fornari, Sovrain

Islamic treasures go on show in Italy. Palazzo della Pilotta displays 170 works from collection of Prince Aga Khan as part of cultural programme.
Parma, Italy, 30 March 2007 - Inauguration of “Splendori a Corte”, an exhibition of rare art and manuscripts from the Aga Khan Museum collections being shown at the Palazzo della Pilotta in Parma. In addition to the exhibition, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, in collaboration with the Teatro Regio di Parma and Parma Capitale della Musica, presented a programme of sacred music from Central Asia.

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan:

Thursday, 2005, March 24Cairo Article 3 - IS CAIRO PARK A NEW MODEL FOR URBAN RENEWAL? - 2005-03-24
Source: 
www.cairomagazine.com

Dream of green the al azhar park looks gorgeous, but can it live up to its lofty aspirations?Sunset at the Al Azhar Park Source: Ursula Lindsey

Thursday, 2005, March 24Golden dynasty - IS CAIRO PARK A NEW MODEL FOR URBAN RENEWAL? - 2005-03-24
Source: 
www.cairomagazine.com

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the 49th hereditary Imam of the 15 million Nizari Ismailis scattered throughout Asia (particularly India and Pakistan), North and East Africa, the Middle East and the West. The scion of an illustrious and glamorous dynasty, he is one of the most prominent philanthropists in the world.

Thursday, 2005, March 24A leading architect unearths the history and scrutinizes the design of Cairo's new civic gem, Al-Azhar Park - 2005-03-24
Source: 
www.zawya.com/story.cfm?id=ZAWYA20050406092524

Until recently, the only vantage point from which to view Cairo's historic skyline of minarets and domes up close was the Citadel. Thanks to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Cairo now boasts a 30-hectare park uniquely situated among some of the city's most historically significant Islamic monuments that provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Islamic skyline. What many visitors to Al-Azhar Park don't realize, however, is that the park was constructed on top of mounds of debris that date back to Fatimid Cairo.

Thursday, 2005, March 24Cairo's parks through the ages - IS CAIRO PARK A NEW MODEL FOR URBAN RENEWAL? - 2005-03-24
Source: 
www.cairomagazine.com

While Al Azhar Park may be a novel project in the Cairo of today, a hundred years ago it would have been one cultivated green space among many. In the 19th century, Cairo was being modeled after European cities, and parks were part of the plan conceived carried out by Viceroy Muhammad Ali and his successors, especially Khedive Ismail, for creating a sophisticated, modern urban space. Today, however, most of the old parks are only a fraction of their original size and dim reflections of their illustrious beginnings, due to neglect and shifting concerns of the state.

Thursday, 2005, March 24The Daily Nation - IS CAIRO PARK A NEW MODEL FOR URBAN RENEWAL? - 2005-03-24
Source: 
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=4&article_id=13676# The Daily Star

When the official inauguration of Cairo's Al-Azhar Park unfolds this weekend, it will do so in two stages. The first is a private, invitation-only affair on March 25, replete with ceremonial plaque dedications, rousing speeches, musical performances (by Yo-Yo Ma's acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble, among others), and a guest list padded with visiting dignitaries and their security details.
The second is a more populist, people-power affair on March 26, featuring nothing fancy save an opening day for the masses.

Thursday, 2005, March 24IS CAIRO PARK A NEW MODEL FOR URBAN RENEWAL?</I> - 2005-03-24

When the official inauguration of Cairo's Al-Azhar Park unfolds this weekend, it will do so in two stages.

Wednesday, 2004, March 24TO ISMAILI MUSLIM, A TIME OF HOPE, JOY - 2004-03-24

Sunday marked Navroz, the start of a new year for Ismaili Muslims around theworld. 'The celebration usually coincides with the spring equinox,' explained Salim Rahimi, an active volunteer in the Ismaili community in North Texas. 'Navroz literally means a new day, and it brings hope and joy at the onset of the new year.' As part of the traditional celebration, children paint and decorate eggs and pass them out to relatives.

Wednesday, 2004, March 24Chitral News - TO ISMAILI MUSLIM, A TIME OF HOPE, JOY - 2004-03-24
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www.chitralnews.com/Latest%20News%2018.htm Chitral News

Jashn-e-Nowroze was celebrated in the upper part of the district, which marks the arrival of the new year and spring season. The festival is of Iranian origin and is celebrated in the Ismaili majority areas of Mastuj, Laspur, Yarkhoon, Khot, Rech, Karimabad and Lotkoh valleys on 21st March. The main feature of the festival is general cleanliness of the houses, exchange of gifts and merry-making of different natures including musical concerts. Different games are played by the youth-folk while the elders pay visits to their relatives and friends.

Wednesday, 2004, March 24Dallas News - TO ISMAILI MUSLIM, A TIME OF HOPE, JOY - 2004-03-24
Source: 
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/localnews/columnists/ewu/stories/032504dnmetwu.a8b08.html

To Ismaili Muslims, a time of hope, joy
Sunday marked Navroz, the start of a new year for Ismaili Muslims around the world.
'The celebration usually coincides with the spring equinox,' explained Salim Rahimi, an active volunteer in the Ismaili community in North Texas.
'Navroz literally means a new day, and it brings hope and joy at the onset of the new year.'
As part of the traditional celebration, children paint and decorate eggs and pass them out to relatives.

Sunday, 2002, March 24Karzai declares New school year open - 2002-03-24
Source: 
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/News.asp?ArticleID=45106

The hopes and aspirations of over a million Afghan children were kindled yesterday when the Prime Minister of the interim administration of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, declared open the new school year - but despite the delivery of thousands of books and school materials, the vast majority of schools both in the capital and in the interior are crying out for more.Schools like the well-known Habibia Girls' School in Kabul, built with U.S. aid, the Manoochara Girls' School and the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan School, right in the heart of Kabul, have no desks or chairs let alone books and pencils.

Saturday, 1979, March 24Event - 1979-03-24

Opening of Karimabad Maternity Home in Karachi, Pakistan, marking the 55th anniversary of dedication to medical needs of Pakistan by the family of the Aga Khan.

Saturday, 1979, March 24The Aga Khans dedication to health in Pakistan - 1979-03-24

The Aga Khan's dedication to health in PakistanThe inauguration of the Aga Khan Maternity Home, Karimabad, befittingly marks the 55th anniversary of persistent dedication to the medical needs of the people of Pakistan by the family of the Aga Khan.

For it was in the year 1924 that Sir Sultan Mohammad Shyah Aga Khan III - one of the great leaders of the Pakistan Movement and the first President of the All India Muslim League - established one of the first maternity homes in Karachi.

Thursday, 1960, March 24Event - 1960-03-24

On return from Burma, made two-hour stop-over at Karachi. Laid foundation stone of a huge Jamatkhana at Kharadhar and performed opening ceremony of Charitable Trust residential quarters at Karimabad.

Wednesday, 1926, March 24 - Thursday, 1926, April 8Aga Khan III Event - 1926-03-24

March 24, 1926 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III during an extensive trip to East Africa made a speech and also laid the foundation stone at a mosque in Nairobi.
The ceremony was led at 5 p.m. and was reported in 'The East African
Standard', Nairobi, weekly edition on March 27, 1926. Mowlana Sultan Mohamed
Shah also donated Shs.30,000 towards the fund for the mosque. Mowlana Sultan
Mohamed Shah also during this trip visited various Ismaili schools and left for
France on April 8, 1926. Both 'The Mombasa Times' and 'The East African


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