Content Tagged with Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Snow will add emphasis to the geometric structure of the Aga Khan Garden's chahar-bagh central courtyard. NBWLA

Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects visited Islamic gardens in Egypt and India and saw how they were valued beyond their aesthetics — functioning as catalysts for economic, social and cultural change. How, he wondered, might an Islamic garden for the 21st century embrace Edmonton’s northern landscape year-round, while making a similarly positive impact?

A rendering of the mahtabi (terrace) looking out over the Calla Pond and surrounding bustan (orchard) at the newly revealed Aga Khan Garden, Alberta.

Edmonton, 7 April 2017 — Details of an Islamic garden gifted by Mawlana Hazar Imam to the University of Alberta were revealed today at a special ceremony. The event also included the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Alberta and the Aga Khan University.

Guests attend a suhour at the Ismaili Centre Dubai that was jointly organised by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Canadian Embassy to the UAE. Ismaili Council for the UAE

Dubai, 7 July 2015 — Dignitaries and ambassadors from across the United Arab Emirates gathered at the Ismaili Centre for a suhour and a look at how culture can be a springboard for development. The event was jointly hosted by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Canadian Embassy.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the inauguration ceremony marking the completed restoration of the Aqsunqur Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. AKDN / Gary Otte

Cairo, 2 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam was in Egypt to attend an event marking the restoration of the 14th century Aqsunqur Mosque. Work on Cairo’s “Blue Mosque” was completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as part of its Al-Darb al-Ahmar Urban Regeneration Programme.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking with AKTC staff after touring the Sundar Nursery and Batashewala complex with Prince Aly Muhammad, Princess Zahra and her children, Sara and Iliyan. AKDN / Narendra Swain

During his visit to India earlier this month, Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family visited the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, where conservation work is being carried out by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Days earlier, Hazar Imam and and his family had toured Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma at the foundation ceremony of the Humayun's Tomb site museum. AKDN / Narendra Swain

Delhi, 7 April 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, presided over the foundation ceremony of a site museum to be situated at the Humayun’s Tomb complex.

The newly restored dome of Humayun’s Tomb, in Delhi.

Delhi, 18 September 2013 – The restoration of the 16th century garden tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun was inaugurated in Delhi today. Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch, and Chairman Ratan Tata of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust presided over the ceremony together, a reflection of the public-private partnership that was pivotal to the project’s success.

In September 2013, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to India to mark the completion of the restoration of Humayun’s Tomb, inaugurate the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, meet with various AKDN institutions, and meet with the Jamat of Western India.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, accompanied by Prince Hussain and officials from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, walks down the central axis of the Sunder Nursery — once known as Azim Bagh (great garden) — after visiting  the Sunder Burj, a 16th century tomb restored

Delhi, 17 September 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in India today, starting a 10-day visit during which he will join Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in marking the completion of the restoration of Humayun's Tomb. He will also inaugurate a new Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad.

Mawlana Hazar Imam participates in a panel discussion on Culture in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Hangzhou, China, 15 May 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam delivered the keynote address today at the Hangzhou International Congress "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development" organised by UNESCO, the People’s Republic of China and the Hangzhou Municipal Government. The Congress provided the very first global forum to discuss the role of culture in sustainable development, with participation of the global community and major international stakeholders representing 82 countries.

Members of the Jamat gather on stage for a photograph at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore after their outreach event.

The Far East Jamat had an opportunity to experience Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum – Architecture in Islamic Arts, a special exhibition of the Aga Khan Museum Collection that visited Malaysia and Singapore last year. The exhibitions also provided an opportunity for the Jamat to reach out and share Ismaili culture and values with the wider public.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prime Minister Odinga, Prince Hussain, and other dignitaries discuss the model of the soon to be restored Nairobi City Park.

Nairobi, 29 November 2012 – Mawlana Hazar Imam and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga marked the signing of an important agreement between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Government of Kenya to rehabilitate Nairobi City Park. The 60-hectare heritage site is a natural preserve and an important cultural asset whose restoration can contribute to improving quality of life in the busy urban centre.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Karzai unveil a plaque commemorating the restoration of the mausoleum of Timur Shah.

Kabul, 19 – 20 October 2012 – During an eventful weekend, Mawlana Hazar Imam and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai officially opened the restored mausoleum of Timur Shah. Hazar Imam also took part in the foundation ceremony of a new Women’s Wing for the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul.

Prince Hussain, Professor Karega Mutahi, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Government, and Dr Jacob Ole Miaron PhD, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State for Heritage and Culture, sign a memorandum of underst

Nairobi, 16 April 2012 – A Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday by Prince Hussain on behalf of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to collaborate in the rehabilitation and restoration of the Nairobi City Park to international standards in terms of architecture, landscape and horticulture. “This partnership represents a continued commitment to working with the Government in order to support development for all Kenyans,” said Prince Hussain.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam reviews plans for the Humayun’s Tomb - Sunder Nursery - Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti Urban Renewal Project.

Delhi, 30 October 2011 – Mawlana Hazar Imam toured the Humayun’s Tomb - Sunder Nursery - Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti Urban Renewal Project, in the heart of the Indian capital, to review progress on the project.

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Arriving in Delhi, Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by Ruchira Kamboj, Chief of Protocol for the Government of India, as well as Aitmadi Gulam Rahimtoola, President of the Ismaili Council for India and Abad Ahmed, Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation in Indi

Delhi, 29 October 2011 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in India today to review progress on the restoration of Humayun's Tomb and the work at Sunder Nursery in the capital region of Delhi. The projects are part of a larger initiative that also aims to preserve and rehabilitate landmark buildings in Nizamuddin Basti, while improving the quality of life for inhabitants of the area.

Mawlana Hazar Imam — His Highness the Aga Khan.

Los Angeles, 28 October 2011 – Describing him as “an unparalleled leader in development, cultural preservation and philanthropy,” the Urban Land Institute has named Mawlana Hazar Imam the 2011 Laureate of the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. The prize recognises an individual whose career demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of responsible development.

Panoramic view of ongoing landscape at the Lakkarwala Burj in Sunder Nursery.

Aftab Jalia works with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Delhi and is part of an initiative to revitalise the area surrounding Humayun’s Tomb and Gardens, and improve the quality of life of the residents in the neighbouring Nizamuddin district. A graduate of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, he shares some insight on the progress of the project and its impact on the surrounding community.

Just outside Khorog Park, a group of Tajik girls show off the new ice skates that will be available for use when the park pond freezes over in the winter.

Since its inauguration in 2009, Khorog City Park in Tajikistan has become a popular year-round destination. Even in the deep freeze of the winter, children zipped through the park last year, laughing and throwing snowballs. But this winter, Khorog’s frozen pond will also come alive, as the joy of ice skating is shared between young Ismailis in Tajikistan and Canada, half a world away.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaks at the inauguration of the National Park of Mali, which commemorates 50 years of Malian independence.

Bamako, 22 September 2010 – President Amadou Toumani Touré and Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the new National Park of Mali in Bamako today. The 103-hectare Park was created under a public-private partnership between the Government of Mali and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Hazar Imam is in Mali along with heads of state from across Africa for the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Malian Independence.

For more information please see:
» Coverage at
» AKDN photo gallery (updated 23 September)
» AKDN project brief
» Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Mali (20 September)