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In memory of Prince Aly Khan and Prince Sadruddin: Two brothers who passed away on same day 43 years apart

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Ismaili leaders and Late Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (right) look on as Prince Aly Khan signs the Visitor’s Book in the Ismaili Council Chambers during his visit to Lourenço Marques in 1957. Photo: Jehangir Merchant Family Collection.

I was a young boy of seven years old when one very early morning, as I was preparing for school, there was a gentle knock on our 2nd floor apartment door in Lourenço Marques (LM),  now Maputo, Mozambique. My father opened the door to Mukhisaheb’s son, a boy of my age. He had walked about a mile to deliver a message for my parents – we didn’t have a phone –  that Prince Aly Khan (June 13, 1911 – May 12, 1960) had passed away in a motor car accident and that Mukhisaheb and the leadership had convened a meeting in Jamatkhana later that morning. He asked that we should turn on the radio. Yes, indeed the news was on it. There was deep sadness in our faces and hearts. My parents, as teachers, had had the great privilege of meeting Prince Aly Khan during his visit to LM in 1957, a few months before Mawlana Shah Karim became the 49th Imam on July 11, 1957. Continue Reading

“My Beloved Mother” – Lady Ali Shah through the voice of her son, Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III


Going through the pages of Ismaili history, there have been countless examples of Ismailis who have inspired me with their courage, with their inventions, with their faith in our Imams and for being trail blazers in every sense of the word. Equally, there have been women who have gone beyond their traditional roles and have achieved what in those ages must have been a formidable task. Continue Reading

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

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