During his Canadian visit, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the Governor-General of Canada, as well as senior government and Jamati leaders, and granted four Golden Jubilee Darbars across the country. Hazar Imam was joined by the Prime Minister for the opening of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa.
On 11 July 2007, Mawlana Hazar Imam completed 50 years as Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismailis. Fifty years ago, at the age of 20, he succeeded his grandfather, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, as the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. As part of the commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee, Hazar Imam made official visits to countries around the world. In addition to recognising the friendship and longstanding support of leaders of state, government and other partners in the work of the Ismaili Imamat, Mawlana Hazar Imam granted some 26 Golden Jubilee Darbars to the worldwide Jamat. This film, Golden Jubilee Memories, provides an opportunity to relive the memories of those Golden Jubilee visits.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra walk under a sabre arch salute presented by the Sol Ross volunteers of Texas, as they disembark in Austin, USA.
Mawlana Hazar Imam made an eight-day Golden Jubilee visit to the United States from 11 – 19 April 2008. During the visit, Hazar Imam granted Darbars in Texas, California, Illinois and Georgia, met with government leaders, and delivered the International Baccalaureate Organisation Peterson Lecture.
On 25 November 1977, His Highness the Aga Khan officially inaugurated The Institute of Ismaili Studies. On Friday 24 November 2017, we celebrated its 40th anniversary, where the Board of Governors hosted an event to celebrate the people who have contributed to developing an academic centre for Ismaili studies, that has had a significant impact on the field of Shi‘i and Ismaili studies in the last 40 years.
Jubilees have traditionally been occasions for the Aga Khan to launch new projects and programmes. In 1983, he launched the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in India. Decades later, the programme continues to support rural communities across India. This film describes a solar irrigation programme developed to help farmers increase their yields.

From 1999 to 2007, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) undertook conservation work on the citadels of Aleppo, Salah ad-Din and Masyaf in partnership with the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums. Work focused in three main areas: conservation of the Citadels; training of antiquities staff, local craftsmen and building professionals in modern conservation practice (while the conservation projects were carried out); and development of re-utilisation plans for the Citadels, including management guidelines and investments in visitor infrastructure such as visitor centres, pathways, signage, etc.

You can read more about AKDN's work in Syria on the AKDN website »

The short documentary "Islamic Gardens: Catalysts for Change" is about the vast network of parks and gardens around the world developed by the Ismaili Imamat, under the leadership of His Highness the Aga Khan.

Gardens bring people of different backgrounds together to enjoy and appreciate nature. They also seek to improve people’s quality of life by providing spaces for reflection, spirituality, education and leisure.

The creation of parks and gardens has been an important part of the AKDN's work, with the objective of using green spaces to catalyse positive economic, social and cultural change. This short documentary "Islamic Gardens: Catalysts for Change" is about the Network’s vast network of parks and gardens. It explores their significance and the reasons for creating and revitalising parks and gardens, including their role as spiritual and communal spaces, in environmental stewardship, their capacity to act as springboards for economic development, and their role as educational spaces to teach about the rich diversity and heritage of Muslim cultures and civilisations.

The film looks at the numerous park and garden projects undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, as well as those found in the Ismaili Centres and many other spaces globally, with special focus on the three projects opened during the Diamond Jubilee year of the Aga Khan: the Sunder Nursery in India, the Islamic Gardens at Kings Cross found in the Aga Khan Centre in London, and the Aga Khan Garden in Edmonton.

You can read more about AKDN's Parks and Gardens projects on the AKDN website »
His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of AKU, presides over the 2015 Convocation ceremony of the Aga Khan University in Kampala, Uganda.
To learn more about the Close to Home film series, visit the Close to Home website »

In October 2017, Prince Aly Aga Khan visited the north of Pakistan to learn more about the effects of natural disasters. During his seven day trip to the region, Prince Aly met with numerous families whose quality of life has been enhanced by the Network. This film, written, directed and voiced by Prince Aly, is his personal account of his discussions with the communities in the region and how the Aga Khan Development Network is partnering with them to find solutions to the problems caused by natural disasters.

Learn more about AKDN's work in Pakistan on the AKDN website »
To learn more about the Close to Home film series, visit the Close to Home website »

Al-Khimyah, written and directed by Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, explores the work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in the historic city of Cairo, Egypt.

The film shines a spotlight on the 30-hectare Al-Azhar Park — converted from a mound of rubble — and the stories of local residents of the adjacent Darb al-Ahmar neighbourhood. Since opening in 2005 after 20 years of careful excavation and design, Al-Azhar Park has provided much-needed leisure and recreational space to the inhabitants of the city, and is today often referred to as "Cairo's green lung."

Located in the heart of Egypt’s capital, the urban oasis has become a popular destination for both locals and tourists. Landscaping features include walkways, fountains, lawns, and gardens overlooking a lake in the traditional chahar bagh style. Hundreds of young men and women have found work in the park, in horticulture and park maintenance: The park features over 300 different plant species — many native to Egypt — grown in a special nursery, and an orchard provides shade from the sun.

The park has also proven to be a powerful catalyst for urban renewal, evolving beyond the green space itself to include the restoration of monuments and public spaces, and socioeconomic initiatives including housing rehabilitation, microfinance, crafts apprenticeships, and healthcare.

The film is Prince Aly’s account of a city whose foundations were laid over a thousand years ago, which has seen a 500-year-old rubbish dump rebuilt into a lush green oasis, and a poor inner-city district transformed into a thriving community.

Learn more about AKDN's work in Egypt on the AKDN website »
His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of AKU, presides over the 2015 Convocation ceremony of the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya.
His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of AKU, presides over the 2015 Convocation ceremony of the Aga Khan University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

On 16 October 2018, Lt Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the Aga Khan inaugurated the new Aga Khan Garden, Alberta, the northern-most Islamic garden in the world, and the first garden of its kind in western Canada.

We were there, standing alongside women and men, transforming lives across Africa and Asia, shaping a million stories. Learn how Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada supported programs are helping dreams take flight with AKF Canada: https://1millionlives.akfc.ca/program/strong-education-systems/

We were there, standing alongside women and men, transforming lives across Africa and Asia, shaping a million stories. Learn how Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada supported programs are helping dreams take flight with AKF Canada: https://1millionlives.akfc.ca/program/strong-education-systems/

We were there, standing alongside women and men, transforming lives across Africa and Asia, shaping a million stories. Learn how Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada supported programs are helping dreams take flight with AKF Canada: https://1millionlives.akfc.ca/program/strong-education-systems/

Khadija Ga'al entered AKFC’s youth fellowship program with the goal of someday becoming a project manager in the development sector. She was placed with Aga Khan Foundation in Kenya, where she worked to support programs in the country’s vulnerable coastal region. Learn how Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada supported programs are helping dreams take flight with AKF Canada: https://1millionlives.akfc.ca/program/strong-education-systems/

Learn more about how AKDN’s support to midwives, like Zahida in northern Pakistan, has led to dramatic improvements in women’s and children’s health. Learn how Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada supported programs are helping dreams take flight with AKF Canada: https://1millionlives.akfc.ca/program/strong-education-systems/

With a stronger education system and opportunities to learn, the sky is the limit for Acidiri. Learn how Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada supported programs are helping dreams take flight with AKF Canada: https://1millionlives.akfc.ca/program/strong-education-systems/

During his visit to Portugal, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with senior government leaders, including the President and the Prime Minister, and together with the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Catholic University of Portugal and the Aga Khan University. Hazar Imam also met with senior Jamati leaders and granted a Golden Jubilee Darbar in Lisbon.
Mawlana Hazar Imam granted the final Darbar of his Golden Jubilee in Paris, and was joined by Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim, Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya. Hazar Imam also met with senior government and Jamati leaders in France, and signed an agreement between the AKDN and the French Republic.

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