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Old 02-13-2004, 10:56 AM
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here some fantastic photos of a gala at versailles castle last night

http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/CF...0|0|7|begum&p=7
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Begum Inara and Queen Rania-interesting to caompare the two cosmatic surgeries
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with her suband, the Aga Kahn, photographed in 1998
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in 2001
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may 2001
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in 1998 with sofia and juan carlos of spain
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in 1998: good view of her lips
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with her suband, the Aga Kahn, photographed in 1998
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in 2001
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may 2001
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in 1998 with sofia and juan carlos of spain
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in 1998: good view of her lips
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her wedding to the aga khan in 1998
http://www.amaana.org/agakhan/wedding.htm

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Begum Inaara and then Grand Duke of Luxembourg in 2002 as part of Royal wedding in Holland, feb 2002
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with her mother

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with infanta elena and her husband
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I find the tale of Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Khan to be interesting.
Please post pics or information that you may have on their short time together.

Here's a quote from a bio
"she met and fell in love with Prince Aly Khan, the playboy son of Prince Aga Khan III, the spiritual leader of millions of Moslems. Hayworth and Khan were married in 1949, and had a daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. In early 1953, Hayworth and Khan were divorced "

Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Salomone Al-Hussein Shah Aga Khan

Married May 27, 1949 After rocky marriages to promoter Edward Judson and Orson Welles, and romances with Victor Mature, Howard Hughes and Tony Martin among others, the 31-year-old star of The Loves of Carmen (1948) and The Lady from Shanghai (1948) married the 38-year-old playboy prince, son of the Aga Khan. They had met at a party in Cannes, and Ali pursued Rita obsessively, delivering roses to her hotel room every day and later following her back to America, renting a house across the street from hers. Before long and despite outcry from various moral groups offended by the idea of a Catholic woman dating a Muslim man their romance was made public.



The wedding took place less than a year after their initial meeting, in the small town of Vallauris in the south of France. The couple rode back to Alis chateau in a white Cadillac convertible, followed by hundreds of well-wishers, to a reception that epitomized the marriage of royalty and Hollywood. Thirty thousand roses decorated the house, while the swimming pool had been filled with eau de Cologne, upon which floated white gardenias that spelled out the initials of the happy couple. Seven months after the wedding, the couples only child, Yasmin, was born. However, the happiness was not to last. After only two years, reluctant to take on the role of Ismaili princess and frustrated by her husbands lack of interest in her as anything but a Hollywood star, Rita headed back to America to renew her acting career. Of the relationship, she has been quoted as saying: "I think what he loved in me was that I was the physical manifestation of his concept of beauty since I lacked confidence in myself, it seemed incredible at the time that this exceptional man could be interested in me. It was a beautiful dream that couldnt last."


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1. Rita and Prince Aly
2. Rita and Yasmin
3. Rita, Rebecca & Yasmin (Rebecca is Ritas daughter from another marriage)
4. Princess Yasmin
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I thought it would be interesting to start a thread on the Aga Khan,

Introduction to His Highness the Aga Khan
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His Highness the Aga Khan became Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims on July 11, 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan. He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet's daughter.

Son of Prince Aly Khan and Princess Tajuddawlah Aly Khan, the Aga Khan was born on December 13, 1936, in Geneva. He spent his early childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, and then attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland for nine years. He graduated from Harvard University in 1959 with a BA Honors Degree in Islamic history.

Like his grandfather Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan before him, the Aga Khan has, since assuming the office of Imamat in 1957, been concerned about the well-being of all Muslims, particularly in the face of the challenges of rapid historical changes. Today, the Ismailis live in some twenty-five countries, mainly in West and Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as in North America and Western Europe. Over the four decades since the present Aga Khan became Imam, there have been major political and economic changes in most of these areas. He has adapted the complex system of administering the Ismaili Community, pioneered by his grandfather during the colonial era, to a new world of nation-states, which even recently has grown in size and complexity following the newly acquired independence of the Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union.

The Aga Khan has emphasised the view of Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith, one that teaches compassion and tolerance and that upholds the dignity of man, Allah's noblest creation. In the Shia tradition of Islam, it is the mandate of the Imam of the time to safeguard the individual's right to personal intellectual search and to give practical expression to the ethical vision of society that the Islamic message inspires. Addressing the International Conference on the Example (Seerat) of the Prophet Muhammad in Karachi in 1976, the Aga Khan said that the wisdom of Allah's final Prophet in seeking new solutions for problems which could not be solved by traditional methods, provides the inspiration for Muslims to conceive a truly modern and dynamic society, without affecting the fundamental concepts of Islam.

During the course of history, the Ismailis have, under the guidance of their Imams, made contributions to the growth of Islamic civilisation. Al-Azhar University and the Academy of Science, dar al-'Ilm, in Cairo and indeed the city of Cairo itself, exemplify their contributions to the cultural, religious and intellectual life of Muslims. Among the renowned philosophers, jurists, physicians, mathematicians, astronomers and scientists of the past who flourished under the patronage of Ismaili Imams are Qadi al-Numan, al-Kirmani, Ibn al-Haytham (al-Hazen), Nasir e-Khusraw and Nasir al-Din Tusi.

Achievements of the Fatimid Empire dominate accounts of the early period of Ismaili history, roughly from the beginnings of Islam through the 11th century.

Named after the Prophet's daughter Fatima, the Fatimid dynasty created a state that stimulated the development of art, science, and trade in the Mediterranean Near East over two centuries. Its centre was Cairo, founded by the Fatimids as their capital. Following the Fatimid period, the Ismaili Muslims' geographical centre shifted from Egypt to Syria and Persia. After their centre in Persia, Alamut, fell to Mongol conquerors in the 13th century, Ismailis lived for several centuries in dispersed communities, mainly in Persia and Central Asia but also in Syria, India and elsewhere. In the 1830s, Aga Hassanaly Shah, the 46th Ismaili Imam, was granted the honorary hereditary title of Aga Khan by the Shah of Persia. In 1843, the first Aga Khan left Persia for India, which already had a large Ismaili community. Aga Khan II died in 1885, only four years after assuming the Imamat. He was succeeded by the present Aga Khan's grandfather, and predecessor as Imam, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan.

In recent generations, the Aga Khan's family has followed a tradition of service in international affairs. The Aga Khan's grandfather was President of the League of Nations and his father, Prince Aly Khan, was Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations. His uncle, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, has been United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations' Coordinator for assistance to Afghanistan and United Nations' Executive Delegate of the Iraq-Turkey border areas. The Aga Khan's brother, Prince Amyn, entered the United Nations Secretariat, Department of Economic and Social Affairs following his graduation from Harvard in 1965. Since 1968, Prince Amyn has been closely involved with the governance of the principal development institutions of the Imamat. The Aga Khan's eldest child and daughter, Princess Zahra, who graduated from Harvard in 1994 with a BA Honors Degree in Third World Development Studies, has coordination responsibilities relating to specific social development institutions of the Imamat and is based at his Secretariat. His elder son, Prince Rahim, who graduated from Brown University (USA) in 1995, has similar responsibilities in respect of the Imamat's economic development institutions. His younger son, Prince Hussain, who graduated from Williams College (USA) in 1997, has recently joined the Secretariat and is involved in the cultural activities of the Network.

In consonance with this vision of Islam and their tradition of service to humanity, wherever Ismailis live, they have elaborated a well-defined institutional framework to carry out social, economic and cultural activities. Under the Aga Khan's leadership, this framework has expanded and evolved into the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of institutions working to improve living conditions and opportunities in specific regions of the developing world. In every country, these institutions work for the common good of all citizens regardless of their origin or religion. Their individual mandates range from architecture, education and health to the promotion of private sector enterprise, the enhancement of non-government organisations and rural development.

Over the years, the Aga Khan has received numerous decorations, honorary degrees, and awards in recognition of the various dimensions of his work. He has received civilian decorations on one or more occasions from the governments of France, Portugal, Cte d'Ivoire, Upper Volta, Madagascar, Iran, Pakistan, Italy, Senegal, Morocco, Spain, and Tajikistan. In October 1998, on the occasion of the Award Ceremony of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, he was presented with the Gold Medal of the City of Granada.

His Highness has been awarded honorary degrees by universities in Pakistan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has also received numerous awards and prizes from various professional organisations in recognition of his work in architecture and the conservation of historic buildings.

The title His Highness was granted by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain in 1957, and His Royal Highness by His Imperial Majesty the Shah of Iran in 1959.


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Jim Wolfensohn, President of The World Bank, and Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Director of AKFED, chat before the inauguration ceremony of the Azito Project.
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Saturday June 6, 1997. Prince Hussain amongst fellow graduates, during the Ivy Exercises.
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A family portrait of the Aga Khan's children with their mother Princess Salimah
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The Aga Khan was also married to the Begum Inaara, formerly Gabriele zu Leiningen, with whom he has a 4 year old son Prince Aly Muhammad. The couple are divorced. ismaili.net/ alymuh/prince01.jpg

http://ismaili.net/imamfam.html

A photo gallery of members of the Aga Khan's Family including his siblings, parents, grand-parents and children

The Aga Khan and his famiyl are well-known for their charity work and much of this work is done through the Aga Khan Development Network



About The Aga Khan Development Network


The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender. For more information, see the links below.
http://www.akdn.org/about.html

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Princess Zahra (3rd from the right) with her father the Aga Khan (2nd from te right) at the funerla of Juliana of the Netherlands http://www.nettyroyal.nl/juliana3.html
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His Highness the Aga Khan became Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims on July 11, 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his cousin and son-in-law, (Hazrat) Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet's daughter.

Son of Prince Aly Khan and Princess Tajuddawlah Aly Khan, the Aga Khan was born on December 13, 1936,
in Geneva. He spent his early childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, and then attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland for nine years. He graduated from Harvard University in 1959 with a BA Honors Degree in Islamic history.

Like his grandfather Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan before him, the Aga Khan has, since assuming the office of Imamat in 1957, been concerned about the well-being of all Muslims, particularly in the face of
the challenges of rapid historical changes. Today, the Ismailis live in some 25 countries, mainly in West and Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as in North America and Western Europe. Over the four decades since the present Aga Khan became Imam, there have been major political and economic changes in most of these areas. He has adapted the complex system of administering the Ismaili Community, pioneered by his grandfather during the colonial era, to a new world of nation-states, which even recently has grown in size and complexity following the newly acquired independence of the Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union.

The Aga Khan has emphasised the view of Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith: one that teaches compassion and tolerance and that upholds the dignity of man, Allah's noblest creation. In the Shia tradition of Islam, it is
the mandate of the Imam of the time to safeguard the individual's right to personal intellectual search and to give practical expression to the ethical vision of society that the Islamic message inspires. Addressing as
Chairman, the International Conference on the Example (Seerat) of the Prophet Muhammad in Karachi in 1976, the Aga Khan said that the wisdom of Allah's final Prophet in seeking new solutions for problems which could not be solved by traditional methods, provides the inspiration for Muslims to conceive a truly modern and dynamic society, without affecting the fundamental concepts of Islam.

During the course of history, the Ismailis have, under the guidance of their Imams, made major contributions to the growth of Islamic civilisation. The University of al-Azhar and the Academy of Science, Dar al-Ilm, in Egypt and indeed the city of Cairo itself, exemplify their contributions to the cultural, religious and intellectual life of Muslims. Among the renowned philosophers, jurists, physicians, mathematicians, astronomers and scientists of the past who flourished under the patronage of Ismaili Imams are Qadi al-Numan, al-Kirmani, Ibn al-Haytham (al-Hazen), Nasir-i Khusraw and Nasir al-Din Tusi.

Achievements of the Fatimid Empire dominate accounts of the early period of Ismaili history, roughly from the beginnings of Islam through the 11th century. Named after the Prophet's daughter Fatima, the Fatimid dynasty created a state that stimulated the development of art, science, and trade in the Mediterranean Near East over two centuries. Its centre was Cairo, founded by the Fatimids as their capital. Following the Fatimid period, the Ismaili Muslims' geographical centre shifted from Egypt to Syria and Persia. After their centre in Persia, Alamut, fell to Mongol conquerors in the 13th century, Ismailis lived for several centuries in dispersed communities, mainly in Persia and Central Asia but also in Syria, India and elsewhere. In the 1830s, Aga Hassanaly Shah, the 46th Ismaili Imam, was granted the honorary hereditary title of Aga Khan by the Shah of Persia. In 1843, the first Aga Khan left Persia for India, which already had a large Ismaili community. Aga Khan II died in 1885, only four years after assuming the Imamat. He was succeeded by the present Aga Khan's grandfather, and predecessor as Imam, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan.

In recent generations, the Aga Khan's family has followed a tradition of service in international affairs. The Aga Khan's grandfather was President of the League of Nations and his father, Prince Aly Khan, was Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations. His uncle, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, has been United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations' Coordinator for assistance to Afghanistan and United Nations' Executive Delegate of the Secretary General for a humanitarian programme for Iraq, Kuwait, Iraq-Iran and Iraq-Turkey border areas. The Aga Khan's brother, Prince Amyn, entered the United Nations Secretariat, Department of Economic and Social Affairs following his graduation from Harvard in 1965. Since 1968, Prince Amyn has been closely involved with the governance of the principal development institutions of the Imamat. The Aga Khan's eldest child and daughter, Princess Zahra, who graduated from Harvard in 1994 with a BA Honors Degree in Third World Development Studies, has co-ordination responsibilities relating to specific social development institutions of the Imamat and is based at his Secretariat. His elder son, Prince Rahim, who graduated from Brown University (USA) in 1995, has similar responsibilities in respect of the Imamat's economic development institutions. His younger son, Prince Hussain, who graduated from Williams College (USA) in 1997, has recently joined the Secretariat and is involved in the cultural activities of the Network.

In consonance with this vision of Islam and their tradition of service to humanity, wherever Ismailis live, they have elaborated a well defined institutional framework to carry out social, economic and cultural activities.Under the Aga Khan's leadership, this framework has expanded and evolved into the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of institutions working to improve living conditions and opportunities in specific regions of the developing world. In every country, these institutions work for the common good of all citizens regardless of their origin or religion. Their individual mandates range from rural development, education and health to the promotion of private sector enterprise and architecture.

The Aga Khan's work in the promotion of excellence and innovation in architecture has received widespread recognition and acclaim. In 1984, the Aga Khan became the 19th recipient of the University of Virginia's Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal in Architecture, awarded in recognition of his work (photo) as a "patron of architectural culture". The same year, he received the American Institute of Architects 1984 Institute Honor for his "unique and inspired contributions to architecture through a number of related programmes. In 1987, he received the Gold Medal of the Higher Council of Spanish Architects from his Majesty King Juan Carlos. In 1991, the Aga Khan was awarded the Mdaille d'argent of the Acadmie d'Architecture of France. The same year, he was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 1996, he was selected as the recipient of the Hadrian Award by the World Monuments Fund in recognition of his contribution to the fields of restoration and conservation of historic buildings. August 1998
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The Aga Khan Recives the Order of Canada from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a ceremony performed at Rideau Hall in 2005.


Aga Khan IV CC (Prince Karim Aga Khan or Prince Karim El Husseni) (born December 13 1936) is the current (49th) Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims since July 11, 1957. He is referred to by members of his flock as Hazar Imam, or "present Imam".

At the age of 20 he succeeded his grandfather, Sultan Mahommed Shah, as Imam. He is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad through the Prophet's daughter, Fatima, and her husband, Ali, the first Shia Imam.

Aga Khan IV is the son of Prince Ali Solomon Khan, (November 17, 1911 - May 12, 1960), and his first wife, Hon. Joan Yarde-Buller, daughter of the 3rd Baron Churston, renamed Princess Tadjudowlah, (b. 1908). He was born in Geneva. He spent his early childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, and then attended the Institute Le Rosey in Switzerland. He graduated from Harvard University in 1959 with a BA Honors Degree in Islamic history.

Early education included private tutoring, with Prince Sadruddin, by Mustafa Kamil, a scholar from Aligarh Muslim University engaged by his grandfather, Aga Khan III.

He married his first wife, former model Sarah Frances (Sally) Crocker-Poole, titled HH Begum Salima, on 22 October 1969. The marriage, which ended in divorce after 25 years, produced three children.

He married his second wife, Dr. Gabriele zu Leiningen (born in Frankfurt-am-Main on 1 April, 1963), in Aiglemont on 30 May, 1998. From then on, his wife took on the name Begum Inaara. On 8 October, 2004, an announcement was made that the Aga Khan and she were to seek a divorce. They have one son.
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Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) brings together a number of development agencies, institutions, and programmes that work primarily in the poorest parts of Asia and Africa. AKDN is a contemporary endeavour of the Ismaili Imamat to realise the social conscience of Islam through institutional action. AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to the faith, origin or gender.

The Aga Khan is reported to be among the wealthiest people in the world with a net worth in excess of US$6 billion. Among other interests, he is known for his equestrian pursuits and for success in race horse breeding particularly after acquiring the bulk of the breeding stock from the estate of Marcel Boussac in 1980.

He was made an Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada in 2005.

He built the Aga Khan University and Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan in 1983. Also, Aga Khan schools are widely known in third world countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.
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Lavish ceremony celebrates visionary design
By Marcus Binney, Architecture Correspondent
THE WORLD of architecture overflows with awards, including the $100,000 American Pritzker Prize, the $200,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale and Britains RIBA Gold Medal, which was founded in 1848. All are trumped in key ways by the Aga Khans triennial Awards for Architecture, which carries a bounty of $500,000 for projects that benefit Muslim communities.

The Aga Khan believes in honouring his winners with splendid ceremonies and banquets set in great monuments. Ten days ago in Delhi and Agra he brought together more than 300 guests from around the world, including past winners, prominent architects, artists and philosophers and leading figures from Muslim countries.

NI_MPU('middle');This is not sheer largesse, for underlying it is a strong diplomatic mission reflecting award applications that have come from 88 countries. Opening the awards in the glorious setting of the Mugul Emperor Humayuns tomb in Delhi, a 16th- century version of the Taj exquisitely illuminated for the occasion, Indias Prime Minister called for all Indians to play a part in maintaining their countrys heritage.

A second, romantic concert, aimed at sparking interest in Central Asian music, was held in the great court of Agra Fort. Fairouz Nishanova, who runs the Aga Khans music initiative, explained: Our job has been to seek out the music masters who were not allowed to teach during 75 years of Soviet rule. We have opened music academies in Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

This is a family in love with architecture. The Aga Khans daughter Princess Zahra was talking about the dome of the Pantheon as I passed her in the airport arrivals hall. Their enthusiasm is expressed not in building palaces or mansions but in public works, restoring old buildings, rejuvenating historic quarters, laying out parks, establishing hospitals, academies and universities the latest campus is to be designed by the Japanese Arata Isozaki.

The Aga Khan is passionately committed to the meticulous and scholarly restoration of a select number of landmark historic buildings and gardens, including the grand verandahed Dispensary in Zanzibar and most recently the $650,000 restoration of the water gardens around Humayuns tomb a gift to celebrate 50 years of Indias independence. Other projects include a public park in Cairo that was created on the site of a rubbish tip, the re-creation of Baburs garden in Kabul, where every tree had been cut to provide firing lines.

The Aga Khan is compared and sometimes confused with his flamboyant grandfather, and his playboy father Ali Khan, but he is a man of enormous courtesy, utterly without hauteur, and with a intense concern for giving practical help to some of the worlds poorest communities.

In a rare interview he described some of these ventures. Focus is a crisis response aimed at providing food and shelter in disaster areas. He has an extensive programme of helping declining rural communities to build their own schools and medical centres. The University of Central Asia is devoted to the support of mountain areas.

He explained: Ten years ago if we had taken a cultural project to a development agency they would have said, You must be living on the other side of the moon. Historic areas were considered backwaters, places where you could not change the quality of life. His Historic Cities Support Programme has completed projects in Tunis, Samarkand and Mostar, creating new opportunities for local people with an ingenious system of microcredits.

It is only in this context that the varied nature of the 2004 Awards can be understood, ranging from emergency projects such as sandbag shelters for disaster areas to the tallest buildings in the world the twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The unifying theme set by the Aga Khan to the jury was experimentation. The award that struck the most universal chord was a simple village school in Burkina Faso, the former French African colony of Upper Volta. It was won by Dib do Kr, the first person in his village to study abroad, winning a bursary to study architecture in Berlin. He returned to rebuild the decayed village school with the help of the villagers, using compressed earth blocks and a graciously curved metal roof held aloft on spokes to allow a cooling breeze to play on the ceiling below.

Heroic conservation was represented by the rescue of the isolated al-Abbas mosque in Yemen, where a hole in the roof threatened imminent ruin of a remarkable painted and gilded coffered ceiling. In the darkened interior filled with props, the French archeologist Marylne Barret found a kufic inscription giving the precise date for the completion of the mosque 519, or 1125AD. When I put the last piece of wood back I was told it was the same day of the same month that the mosque was completed, she says.

The award given to the Old City of Jerusalem recognises a valiant programme of more than 160 renovations in an extraordinary nether world of winding alleys and sunken courtyards where vaulted chambers had been transformed in attractive places to live and work, overcoming immense difficulties faced by Palestinians in bringing building materials into the city.

The iconic landmark chosen was the new library at Alexandria, replacing one of the lost wonders of the ancient world. The Norwegian architects, Snhetta designed this in the form of a giant tilting disc with four storeys sunk into the ground so that the building rose no more than 33 metres, the building height line on the citys corniche. The circular form was intended to avoid blocking views from university buildings behind. Even so, there were evidently those who questioned whether the distinctive, jostling Alex seafront needed improving in this way.

Lively debate was also sparked by an award to a simple cube house on the Aegean coast in Turkey, which appeared to set a precedent for yet more random building. The award was given because the weekend house used local materials and craftsmen and was sensitively set in traditional terraces. As people get richer the design of the individual house has to be addressed, says the Aga Khan simply.

His vast programme is growing exponentially. It works because he is that rare thing among princes, a gifted administrator taking close interest in detail, and pressing forward on all fronts.



Architecture and Polyphony: Building in the Islamic World Today (Thames & Hudson 16.95); visit www.akdn.org



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Zahra Aga Khan

Princess Zahra Aga Khan is the only daughter and eldest child of His Highness the (Click link for more info and facts about Aga Khan) Aga Khan. She was born in (A city in southwestern Switzerland at the western end of Lake Geneva; it is the headquarters of various international organizations) Geneva on September 18, 1970 and attended Le Rosey School and (A university in Massachusetts) Harvard University, from where she graduated in 1994 with a degree in Third World Development Studies.
She married Mr Mark Boyden, an (A Protestant who is a follower of Anglicanism) Anglican, in a civil ceremony on June 21, 1997.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan, the eldest of His Highness the Aga Khan's four children, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2003. After her graduation from Harvard University with a BA (Honours) degree in Development Studies in 1994, Princess Zahra joined the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont in (A republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe) France.

She is Director of the Social Welfare Department at the Secretariat, and is also responsible for specific social development institutions of the (Click link for more info and facts about Aga Khan Development Network) Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). These include Aga Khan Education Services, Aga Khan Health Services and Aga Khan Planning and Building Services. Princess Zahra also works with institutions supported by the (An adherent of Ismailism; a member of the Ismaili branch of Shiism) Ismaili community in the areas of social welfare, women's activities and youth programmes.

She chairs the International Social Development and Sports Foundation (ISDSF) which seeks to act as a catalyst for replicable, short-term programmes addressing issues facing youth, women and the elderly in developed and developing countries alike. Princess Zahra is also a member of the Aga Khan Development Network Committee
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Old 08-05-2005, 08:33 AM
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Princess Zahra Khan at her pre-wedding Ball on 12 June 1997, with her husband Mark Boyden
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http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/zahra/97061201.jpg

Mark Boyden, Princess Zahra, Prince Hussain and Princess Salimah at the same event as before
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http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/zahra/pv9707.jpg

Princess Zahra with her husband on her wedding day.
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http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/zahra/semana1.jpg

A better photograph of her outfit
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Cutting the cake

http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/zahra/pm97072.jpg

Some familiar faces there....
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Princess Zahra, her husband and their daughter Princess Sara
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Old 08-05-2005, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for the time and effort in putting together this thread on HH the Aga Khan and his family.

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Old 08-05-2005, 09:32 AM
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the daughter of rita Hayworth is standing behind juan carlos and sofia, think she is a half sister of the aga khan. Why is the mother of the bride, Sara not on the grouppicture, she was at the prewedding ball.
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Little Star, Thanks for the time and effort in putting together this thread on HH the Aga Khan and his family.
Much appreciated.
You're welcome! I actually enjoyed doing it, as I find the Aga Khan an interesting character.

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Why is the mother of the bride, Sara not on the grouppicture, she was at the prewedding ball?
I couldn't understand that either,

Friday, March 15, 2002

US$85m plant to boost national power supply

Mr Nizar Juma, the chairman of Tsavo Power Company (second left) introduces to President Moi the firm's Chief Executive Officer Mr John Hides (right) during the official inauguration of the plant yesterday in Mombasa. Looking on (centre) is Prince Rahim Aga Khan.
By NJUGUNA MUTONYA


http://www.nationaudio.com/News/Dail...oi_News76.html

Princess Zahra seems to be the most high-profile of the Aga Khan's children, her brothers are slightly more elusive.

Opening of the exhibition "Princes, Poets and Paladins: Islamic and Indian Paintings from the Collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan."

>From The Daily Telegraph, Thursday January 22nd 1998



Princess Alexandra, accompanied by the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy, was guest of honour at a dinner held last night at the British Museum on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Princes, Poets and Paladins: Islamic and Indian Paintings from the Collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan." The Prince and Princess and Mr Graham Greene, Chairman of the Trustees of the Museum, were the hosts. Among others present were:

The King and Queen of Bulgaria, the King and Queen of the Hellenes, Prince and Princess Philippe of Liechtenstein, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia, THE AGA KHAN, PRINCE AMYN AGA KHAN, PRINCE HUSSEIN AGA KHAN, PRINCESS YASMIN AGA KHAN, Princess Badiya El Hassan, Begum Iskander Mirza, Sir Edward Heath, MP, the Ambassador of Switzerland and Mrs Nordmann, the High Commissioner for Pakistan and Mrs Samee, the High Commissioner for India and Mrs Haider, the Earl and Countess of Snowdon, Lord and Lady Menuhin, Lord and Lady Rayne, Lady Cochrane, Sir Hugh and Lady Leggatt, Sir Hayden and the Hon Lady Phillips, Prince and Princess Dimitri Romanoff, Prince Enrico d'Assia, Mr and Mrs Gaston Thorn, Mr Mark Fisher, MP, Dr and Mrs Eberhard Fischer, Miss Virginia McKenna and Mr and Mrs Alistair Duncan. End of Newspaper Announcement.
http://ismaili.net/timeline/1998/19980121.html

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and his father at Prince Hussein's Graduation

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Prince Hussein with his mother Princess Salimah at his Graduation in 1997
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Prince Rahim and his father again
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Prince Hussein

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Prince Rahim, Prince Hussain and Princess Zahra

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Prince rahim, Princess Zahra and Prince Hussein in Costa Smerelda 1981

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Princess Salimah holding Princess Zahra and the Aga Khan holding Prince Rahim

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Princess Salimah and her children, Princess Zahra, Prince Hussein and Prince Rahim

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Princess Zahra with her father at the 10th Anniversary of ceremony of the Aga Khan University in Karachi

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Princess Zahra in her father's arms. I get the feeling she's a bit of a Daddy's girl.....

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Princess Zahra with her mother.
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http://ismaili.net/rahim/001rahim.jpg
Prince Rahim with his parents

http://ismaili.net/rahim/007rahim.jpg
Prince Rahim in his mother's arms, the Aga Khan is holding Princess Zahra

http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/page3.html
More photos of Prince Hussein's graduation in June 1997

http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/page3.html
Prince Rahim, the Aga Khan and Princess Zahra

http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/wil...tn_016grad.jpg
http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/graduate.html
Princess Zahra arriving at her brother's graduation

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Princess Salimah arriving for her son's graduation

http://ismaili.net/foto/6900176m.html
Princess Salimah and the Aga Khan's wedding, Paris 1969

http://ismaili.net/foto/7001410j.html
The Aga Khan and his wife on a visit to Dacca in 1970

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Aga Khan seen signing the Register after the Civil Marriage ceremony. Begum Salimah looks on. October, 1969

http://ismaili.net/foto/7100868p.html
The young couple in 1971

http://ismaili.net/foto/7602341p.html
The Aga Khan and Princess Salimah dancing at the Kisumu Aga Khan Club

http://ismaili.net/foto/7200967s.html
On their yacht, "Amaloun"
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The Aga Khan with Margaret Thatcher, followed by his wife and brother at the opening of the Ismaili Centre in South Kensington, London in 1984

http://www.ismaili.net/gallery/wedding/holla98c.jpg
The Aga Khan's wedding ceremony to the Begum Inaara. Next to the Aga Khan is his daughter Princess Zahra in a red sari, her husband Mark Boyden, Prince Rahim and Prince Hussein

http://www.ismaili.net/gallery/wedding/holla98e.jpg
The Aga Khan and Begum Inaara on their wedding day

http://www.ismaili.net/gallery/wedding/holla98g.jpg
The Begum Inaara

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The couple on their wedding day

http://ismaili.net/timeline/2003/aawards.jpg
The Begum Inaara with Cherie Blair in 2003

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The Begum Inaara with her mother in 2003

http://worldroots.com/brigitte/royal/agakhan.jpg
The Begum Inaara with the Aga Khan

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Queen Rania with the Begum Inaara and the Begum Inaara's mother

http://www.el-mundo.es/papel/2005/01...y/13ultima.jpg
The Begum Inaara with the Aga Khan. It looks like Ascot maybe
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Give me 500m or I'll call in the taxman

by CHRISTOPHER LEAKE, Mail on Sunday 11:29am 9th January 2005

Determined: The Begum wants half of the Aga Khan's 1billion fortune


It is already being billed as the most expensive divorce in history. But now it could be one of the most bitter, too.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1773
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The Aga Khan with his half-sister Princess Yasmin

http://ismaili.net/amyn/0001amyn.html
The Aga Khan with his brother Prince Amyn and their mother Princess Tajudauwallah

http://ismaili.net/amyn/0007amyn.html
Prince Amyn and the Aga Khan with their GrandfatherSultan Mohammed Shah

http://ismaili.net/amyn/0010amyn.html
The 2 young brothers playing together

http://ismaili.net/amyn/0017amyn.html
The Aga Khan with his mother, father and brother at an Ismaili Students Union Rally

http://ismaili.net/amyn/0018amyn.html
The Aga Khan and his brother in traditional Arab dress!

http://ismaili.net/amyn/0023amyn.html
The Aga Khan with his brother, Uncle and Grandfather

http://ismaili.net/amyn/0025amyn.html
Prince Aly Khan with his sons Prince Karim(the Aga Khan) and Prince Amyn

Princess Joan Aly Khan, mother of Prince Karim Aga Khan and Prince Amyn. This drawing is her sons' favourite picture of her. (drawing by Brian)
http://ismaili.net/amyn/0028amyn.html

http://ismaili.net/timeline/1997/820000b.jpg
The Aga Khan's mother with his wife Princess Salimah on a visit to Pakistan

http://www.ismaili.net/images/mata002.html
The Aga Khan's grandmother, Mata Salamat

http://www.ismaili.net/images/mata14.html
Mata Salamat with Princess Yasmin (the Aga Khan's half-sister from his father's marriage to Rita Hayworth)

http://www.ismaili.net/images/mata1.html
A recent photo of Mata Salamat, a very elegant lady

http://ismaili.net/sultan/sms04/msms4.jpg
The Aga Khan's Grandfather
http://ismaili.net/sultan/smsph4.html

For more images, the following link is excellnt
http://ismaili.net/imamfam.html
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I agree. Thanks Little Star for finding all the information. I have really learnt a great deal. I love Princess Zahra's wedding gown. It's absolutely stunning.
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