His Highness the Aga Khan completed his 50th year as the Imam of the Ismaili community on 11 July 2007. Fifty years ago, at the age of 20, the Aga Khan succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. The Golden Jubilee will be celebrated for one year. In the Ismaili tradition, the Imam’s jubilee celebrations offer occasions to launch new social, cultural and economic development projects. In keeping with the ethics of the faith, these projects aspire to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable in society. For more information, please see the Golden Jubilee pages.
Rare Islamic Art and Manuscripts from the Aga Khan Museum Collection On Display in London, 14 July to 31 August
pirit & Life, an exhibition of rare Islamic art and manuscripts never before displayed in the UK, will run from 14 July to 31 August at the The Ismaili Centre, South Kensington, London. Organised by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Spirit & Life will present treasures from the permanent collection of the Aga Khan Museum, which will open in Toronto, Canada, in 2010. The museum, an initiative of His Highness the Aga Khan, (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, is dedicated to the presentation of Muslim arts and culture in all their historic, cultural and geographical diversity. For more information, please see the Spirit & Life Exhibition.
Enabling Environment Conference in Kabul
The Government of Afghanistan and the Aga Khan Development Network, in partnership with The World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the Asian Development Bank, hosted an “Enabling Environment” conference in Kabul from 4-5 June 2007. The Conference put a spotlight on the private sector - broadly defined and inclusive of business and civil society. The underlying premise of the conference was that Afghanistan’s long-term development is dependant not just on the Government or international aid organisations, but on a lot of smaller actors -- entrepreneurs, village organisations, guilds, business associations, the media, and small- and medium-sized companies. For conference materials, videos and photos, please see the Enabling Environment for Afghanistan.
Kabul Restoration Receives Time Magazine "Best of Asia" Award
Following the 2005 Best of Asia award for restoration of the Baltit Fort in Hunza, Pakistan (the Fort graced the cover of TIME Asia), the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has now been awarded another Best of Asia award for its restoration of Babur's Gardens in Kabul, Afghanistan. Babur's Garden in Kabul is part of a much larger AKTC programme of revitalisation that encompasses the restoration of the mausoleum of Timur Shah and
the rehabilitation of many historic buildings in Asheqan wa Arefan. For more information, please see the citation on the Time Magazine website and related information, including newsletters from the AKTC programme in Kabul, on the Aga Khan Trust for Culture pages.
New Publications on line: 2007 AKDN Brochure
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