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H.R.H. Shah Karim Al Hussayni

The Aga Khan IV, 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims

Shah Karim Al-Hussayni, also known simply as the Aga Khan (Imamate: 1957-present), is the leader of the Shi’a sect of Muslims known as the Nizari Ismailis. For 5-15 million Nizari Ismaili Muslims the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam, with lineage tracing back to Ali, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. He is only the fourth Aga Khan, a hereditary title bestowed upon the Imam by the Shah of Persia in the mid-nineteenth century.


Hereditary Leader of Ismailis

The Aga Khan derives his position of authority from his lineage. At the age of 21 the Aga Khan bypassed his father and uncle to become the 49th Imam, a choice that his grandfather made because he felt the community needed a leader ‘who has been brought up and developed during recent years and in the midst of the new age, and who brings a new outlook on life to his office.’

Unparalleled Philanthropist

The Aga Khan set up the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which is a collection of development and humanitarian agencies working in areas of poverty. The network is widely known for its architectural and cultural work, including projects that revitalize historic cities. These initiatives aim to show the greatness of Islamic civilisation through projects such as the renovation of the Old City of Aleppo and the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo. The Aga Khan’s foundation maintains a strong and enduring presence in developing countries—building health care capacity, promoting economic development in rural areas and helping improve educational opportunities. The “AKDN” is particularly influential in Central Asia, where it works in areas that are o-en neglected by other organisations.

655,000 Young plants were planted in Al- Azhar Park, turning a 500-year old garbage dump into a much needed park in Cairo.
700,000 The number of paid staff at at the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the largest private development networks in the world.
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As the 49th Imam, Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini Aga Khan IV is the spiritual leader of some 15 million Nizari Ismailis – nearly 10per cent of the world's Shia Muslim population. His family traces back to the Prophet Muhammad and the Aga's adherents ...

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Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013
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In Lisbon on Friday, five recipients were named for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture . Established back in 1977, the prize divides $1 million ...

Aga Khan's mare for Cup
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After years of groundwork, the Aga Khan will have his first runner in Melbourne Cup.

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2013-07-19 16:24:35

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. federal agency, said Friday that it will provide $30 million in financing to the Aga Khan ...

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2013-05-02 13:36:37

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Vaulted Mapungubwe Interpretation Center in South Africa Shortlisted for 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award ...
2013-05-02 12:15:32

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Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced
2013-05-01 19:00:20

The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were just announced in Spain – and the list includes outstanding projects ...

Kendra Spears Engaged: Fashion Model To Marry Prince Rahim Aga Khan
2013-05-01 17:17:47

Congratulations are in order for supermodel Kendra Spears who is all set to become a princess after getting engaged to Prince Rahim Aga Khan. ...

"In the Islamic tradition, they viewed the discovery of knowledge as a way to understand, so as to serve better God’s creation, to apply knowledge and reason to build society and shape human aspirations”

Birth: 13 December 1936 (Age: 77)

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Influence: Leader of 5–15 milllion Nizari Ismailis

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"In the Islamic tradition, they viewed the discovery of knowledge as a way to understand, so as to serve better God’s creation, to apply knowledge and reason to build society and shape human aspirations”
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655,000 Young plants were planted in Al- Azhar Park, turning a 500-year old garbage dump into a much needed park in Cairo.
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