THIS WEEK: Aga Khan marks 60 years of commitment to faith
On July 11, His Highness the Aga Khan marked his Diamond Jubilee, (60 years) as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims.
This worldwide celebration brings together the global Ismaili community, partners of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and government and faith community leaders in over 25 countries. July 11 begins a year of milestone announcements by the Aga Khan for a global commitment to partnerships based on the principles of ethics in action, peace and pluralism.
Over the past six decades, the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world in the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation, and economic empowerment.
Today, His Highness the Aga Khan leads a global community of some 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, living predominantly in South Asia, Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and the Far East. Like the Muslim world as a whole, the Ismaili community represents a rich diversity of cultures, languages, and nationalities.