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  • His Highness the Aga Khan (centre) and the Prime Minister Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani (right) at the 14th century Djingereiber Mosque, Timbuktu, with Mr. Abdramane ben Essayouti, the Imam of the Mosque and local dignitaries.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
Aga Khan urges rediscovery of Timbuktu and Djenne

Timbuktu, Mali, 10 October 2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today retraced the footsteps of scholars and merchants whose journeys across the Sahara once helped establish a major cultural and commercial crossroads in this medieval city.