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Gujarati edition of the Memoirs of Aga Khan: The voice of the translator and his reflections on the 48th Ismaili Imam

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Jackets of the Western translations of “The Memoirs of Aga Khan.” Top Row (l to r): French, Finnish and German; Centre Row: Italian, Spanish and Norwegian; Bottom Row: English UK and USA.

The autobiography of the 48th Ismaili Imam, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan III, was first published in London in 1954 under the title “The Memoirs of Aga Khan: World Enough and Time.” While the English versions of the British and American editions were circulated widely in the English-speaking world, a remarkable fact is that the 48th Imam’s autobiography was translated into six European languages as well Gujarati, Sindhi and Urdu. Continue Reading


Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, from a rare Ismaili magazine

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During one of my recent visits to Vancouver, I was very pleased to personally meet with Mr. Ahamed Ismail, with whom I had been communicating via email for a number of years. He graciously treated me to a wonderful buffet lunch at an Indian restaurant close to the Ismaili Centre on Canada Way. He then deeply touched me when he presented me with his personal copy of a 1977-1978 Commemorative Issue celebrating sixty years of Ismaili education in Kenya, published by His Highness the Aga Khan Education Department for Kenya….. Continue Reading

The seal of Aga Khan University and convocation regalia of His Highness the Aga Khan

 The Seal of Aga Khan University

Aga Khan University Seal

The Seal of the Aga Khan University

The Seal of Aga Khan University is a visual representation of the principles which underlie the founding of the University. The circular form of the Seal, with its different levels of imagery contained in concentric circles, has its visual roots in the rosettes of early Islamic periods. The circle also symbolises the world and reflects the international presence of the University. Continue Reading

Historical Diamond Jubilee message from Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah to Ismaili youth: “The body is the temple of God for it carries the soul”

“you can do much by going about your business, shopping etc on foot and carrying yourselves straight. The times of prayer should not be forgotten if you can do go to Jamatkana, if not say your Tesbih wherever you be…” 


Transcript of message below. The message appeared in the Diamond Jubilee Yearbook published in Dar es Salaam on 10th August 1946. See cover page image of the Souvenir at top of this post.


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3 Amazing photos from flickr of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, at the Paris Peace Forum

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The Flickr page of the Paris Peace Forum contains some amazing portraits and images of world leaders who attended the forum from November 11-13, 2018. Here are some photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam that will be of interest to all our readers. Please click on the images to view them on Flickr in larger formats, upto 2048 x 2048. Continue Reading

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