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Prince Rahim attended a special event in London on 18 January to honour the contributions of Farhad Daftary to IIS 2023-01-18

Dr Farhad Daftary and Prince Rahim Aga Khan. Image credit: Rehana Virani/IIS.

Prince Rahim attended a special event in London on 18 January to honour the contributions of Dr Farhad Daftary to The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and more broadly to the fields of Ismaili and Islamic studies, as he steps down from his management roles at The Institute.

Prince Rahim announced that Mawlana Hazar Imam has decided to acknowledge Dr Daftary’s contributions to The Institute by attaching his name to forthcoming PhD Scholarships awarded by IIS — they will be known as The Farhad Daftary PhD Scholarships.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan addressed the Kusi Ideas Festival: Climate Change: Exploring African Responses and Solutions 2022-12-08

Prince Rahim Aga Khan speaks at the Kusi Ideas Festival 2022

Nairobi, Kenya, 8-9 December 2022 – ‘’Climate change is the most crucial existential phenomenon that Africa, and indeed the world, is currently facing,” said Prince Rahim Aga Khan. He was delivering an address virtually, to an audience of distinguished guests gathered in Nairobi’s Karura Forest, during the opening of the Nation Media Group’s (NMG) fourth edition of the Kusi Ideas Festival: Climate Change: Exploring African Responses and Solutions.

HUSSAIN AGA KHAN Founder and Photographer of Focused on Nature 2009-01-01

Prince Hussain Aga Khan founder of Focused on Nature

Hussain Aga Khan was born on 10 April 1974, in Geneva, Switzerland. He received his secondary education at Deerfield Academy, Massachusetts, and graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts, with a dual degree in theatre and French literature. In 2004, he received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. At Columbia, Hussain’s main area of study was Economic and Political Development with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

AKDN at the Paris Peace Forum 2022 2022-11-15

Prince Rahim Aga Khan with Ms Audrey Azoulay UNESCO's Director-General at the Paris Peace Forum 2022  AKDN / Guillaume Bonn

Paris, France, 11-12 November 2022 - How do we ride out the multicrisis that the world is experiencing right now? From worsening climate change, successive Covid-19 waves and deepening inequalities, to new and lasting geopolitical conflicts of global consequences, the stakes could not be higher. How do we prevent a destructive world polarisation that would jeopardise collective efforts on critical challenges for humanity?

The 2022 Paris Peace Forum convened world leaders and civil society to seek answers to these questions in Paris on 11-12 November.

Archbishop Peña Parra welcomes Prince Rahim Aga Khan at the Vatican 2022-11-09

Prince Rahim meets with His Excellency Reverend Dom Edgar Peña Parra at the Vatican

On Wednesday, 9 November, His Excellency Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, Substitute of the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, met with Prince Rahim Aga Khan during his courtesy visit to the Vatican. Present also were: Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili and Senior Official of Portuguese Affairs and other Lusophone Countries, Michael Kocher, Director General of the Aga Khan Foundation (Social Development), Luis Monreal, Director General of Aga Khan Fund for Culture and Malik Talib, Chairman of the Leaders’ International Forum.

The Living Sea" Exhibition by Prince Hussain Aga Khan and Simone Piccoli at the Bahrain National Museum 2022-11-02

Prince Hussain at the Living Sea exhibition held in Bahrain  2022-11-02

Manama, Nov.2 (BNA): The Bahrain National Museum hosted the opening ceremony of the exhibition "The Living Sea", showcasing fascinating underwater photography by Prince Hussain Aga Khan and documentaries by Simon Piccoli, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

After its successful opening in Venice, Italy, the "The Living Sea" makes its second stop in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

For the first time, Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Music to be celebrated in one country 2022-10-22

Royal Opera House Oman

Muscat: Over the course of three days, the Sultanate of Oman will celebrate the winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Music at a ceremony honouring the winners on October 31, 30 and 29, in the presence of a distinguished elite of participants, winners, senior invitees and artistic cultural figures.

New pavilion completes Aga Khan Garden as Ismaili Muslims mark 50 years in Canada 2022-09-28

Princess Zahra Aga Khan (second right), Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani (left), U of A president Bill Flanagan and Premier Jas

As Alberta’s Ismaili Muslim community commemorates five decades of history in Canada, many gathered at a ceremony Wednesday unveiling the final piece of the Aga Khan Garden.

The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, gifted the $25-million garden to the University of Alberta and it opened four years ago in the U of A Botanic Garden southwest of Edmonton. The design also includes the Diwan, or pavilion, which was just recently finished, adding indoor gathering space. Additional donors funded construction of the Diwan to the tune of $5.5 million.

Generations Project Brings Best Practices in Multi-Generational Community Campus to Toronto 2022-09-27

Generations Toronto. Picture source: Mayor John Tory (Facebook)

Groundbreaking today brings not-for-profit community-based model of support within an intergenerational framework.

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2022 /CNW/ - Today, Premier Doug Ford, Mayor John Tory, and the leadership of Canada's Ismaili Community broke ground on a new multigenerational community campus in Toronto. Prince Amyn Aga Khan was also present for the ceremony.

Ismaili Imamat and BC Government Sign Climate Agreement 2022-09-29

Prince Rahim and Princess Zahra in Vancouver for the signing of the Climate Agreement with British Columbia  2022-09-29

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The Muslim Ismaili community and the BC government are working together to share adaptation strategies for climate change after massive flooding in South and Central Asia.

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Ismaili Imamat representatives were in Vancouver on Thursday morning to sign a cooperation agreement with BC Premier John Hogan and Forest Minister Catherine Conroy.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended an event at the Pan Pacific Hotel on behalf of Aga Khan.

His Highness the Aga Khan honoured with a Key to the City and ceremonial street renaming 2022-09-25

Key to the City of Toronto presented to Hazar Imam  2022-09-25

Today, Toronto’s Mayor honoured humanitarian His Highness the Aga Khan with a Key to the City, at an event at the Ismaili Centre. Accepting the Key on his behalf was Prince Amyn Aga Khan, His Highness’ brother.

The City of Toronto has also renamed the portion of Wynford Drive, between Don Mills Road and the east side of the Don Valley Parkway overpass, to Aga Khan Boulevard. This is in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Aga Khan’s accession as the 49th hereditary Imam of Shia Ismaili Muslims and 50 years since the Ismaili community settled in Canada.

Prince Rahim represents Mawlana Hazar Imam at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral 2022-09-19

Prince Rahim meets King Charles of United Kingdom during funeral services for the Queen of England   2022-09-19

Following an invitation from Buckingham Palace, Mawlana Hazar Imam requested Prince Rahim to represent him at the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which took place today. Prince Rahim attended the Committal Ceremony held at Windsor Castle this afternoon.

The Committal Ceremony was attended by members of the royal family, individuals from other royal families, close friends, past and present members of the Queen’s household, Governors General, and Realm Prime Ministers.

Prince Hussain’s exhibition The Living Sea – Fragile Beauty finally arrives in the UK. 2022-09-07

Prince Hussain and Princess Fareen at the UK launch event for the photography exhibition “The Living Sea – Fragile Beauty.” Phot

Featuring almost a decade’s worth of photos, Prince Hussain’s exhibition The Living Sea – Fragile Beauty finally arrived in the UK. Entering the social hall of the Ismaili Centre, London yesterday, visitors found themselves in a dazzling underwater world.

An Interview with Prince Amyn Aga Khan 2022-07-10

Princes Karim and Amyn in Kenya

In an exclusive interview for The Ismaili TV, Prince Amyn shares stories from his childhood growing up with Mawlana Hazar Imam, and about their relationship with their grandfather, our beloved 48th Imam, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah. He speaks about AKDN’s activities and some of Hazar Imam’s priorities over the past 65 years. This is a valuable opportunity to hear about Hazar Imam from someone who has been by his side for most of his life, and to gain a deeper understanding into Hazar Imam’s work across many decades.

The transcript below has been obtained from that Ismaili TV program

Prince Rahim meets with the Substitute for the Secretariat of State at the Vatican, Monsignor Edgar Peña Parra 2022-08-30

Prince Rahim bids farewell to Monsignor Pena Parra after their meeting at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon on 12 May 2022. AKDN / Raqu

Lisbon, Portugal, 13 May 2022 – Yesterday, Monsignor Edgar Peña Parra, the Substitute for the Secretariat of State at the Vatican, was welcomed at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon by Prince Rahim Aga Khan, accompanied by Mr Nazim Ahmad, the Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal, and Mr Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili National Council.

Prince Amyn Aga Khan bestowed an Honorary Citizenship to the City of Houston 2022-08-10

Prince Amyn Aga Khan  bestowed an Honorary Citizenship to the City of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner is at Houston City Hall.

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Today, I welcomed Prince Amyn Aga Khan to Houston and bestowed an Honorary Citizenship to the City of Houston in recognition of his “unselfish public service for the benefit and welfare of humanity," and selected him as a Goodwill Ambassador of Houston.

Prince Amyn exemplifies the values of pluralism and inclusivity that also make the City of Houston one of the most diverse metropolitans in the world.

The Aga Khan looking to win his first Eclipse with Vadeni 2022-06-29

His Highness The Aga Khan IV

By supplementing his impressive Prix du Jockey Club winner Vadeni for Saturday’s race, the Aga Khan has the opportunity to win the Eclipse Stakes for the first time. In his many years as owner and breeder, the Aga Khan has won all of Britain’s other top all-aged middle-distance races - the Coronation Cup, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, King George, Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes - at least once, but never the Eclipse.

Address by Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the 2022 UCA graduation ceremony 2022-06-22

Princess Zahra addressing the the UCA Class of 2022 in Naryn  2022-06-22

Bismillah ir Rehman ir Rahim

Your Excellency the Governor of GBAO, Alisher Mirzanobot,

Your Excellency the Governor of Naryn, Sabyrkul Ashimbaev,

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, and Members of the Board,

Rector Sohail Naqvi,

Dean Maxim Khomyakov and the Faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences,

Generous donors and friends of UCA around the world,

Parents and family members,

Distinguished guests,

And dear graduates of the class of 2022,

Parents and family members,

Distinguished guests,

And dear graduates of the class of 2022,

Prix ​​du Jockey-Club: the colt Vadeni offers a 9th coronation to the Aga Khan 2022-06-05

Vadeni with jockey Soumillon won the Qatar Prix du Jockey

Waiting in the peloton, Vadeni took the lead at the post for the last 400 meters then left his pursuers on the spot 100 meters from the goal to win very easily without his jockey needing to solicit him.

With a clenched fist and arm raised to the sky, Christophe Soumillon said at Equidia’s microphone, with a smile on his face: “When I saw that William Buick absolutely wanted to go ahead, I waited. My horse took the lead a bit early on and went completely flat. That’s awesome, I didn’t think he was going to do that“.

Holy Talika on occasion of Idd-ul-Fitr in 2020

Hazar Imam sends blessings for Idd-ul-Fitr

My beloved spiritual children,

On the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, I send my special loving blessings to my Jamats throughout the world for your happiness, peace, safety, and good health. My family joins me in wishing you all Eid Mubarak.

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