Historical Photos: Life in the Ismaili Community (1875 – 1957)

Historical Photographs

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Zanzibar, 1905: His Highness the Aga Khan III with Ismaili Leaders
(Publication Date: January 18, 2010)

Zanzibar 1905: Aga Khan III, 48th Ismaili Imam, with Ismaili leaders (Click to enlarge) BACK ROW (left to right): Mohamed Bhanji, Gulamhussein Harji Sumar, Mohamed Rashid Alana, Alivalli Issa, Gulamhussein Karmali Bhaloo; CENTRE ROW (left to right): Peermohamed Kanji, Visram Harji, Varas Mohamed Remtulla Hemani, HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN III, Varas Saleh Kasmani, Fazal Issani, Gulamhussein Bhaloo Kurji; FRONT ROW (left to right): Mukhi Rajabali Gangji, Varas Kassam Damani, Varas Janmohamed, Rai Mitha Jessa, Bhagat Juma Ismail, Itmadi Jivan Lalji, Saleh Valli Dharsi, Janmohamed Jetha, Kamadia Fazal Shivji. Photo Credit: Nashir Abdulla Collection, Ottawa, Canada.

The image shown above was submitted by Nashir Abdulla of Ottawa. For the record, Rajabali Gangji and Fazal Shivji, who are both in the front row at either ends, were Zanzibar’s first Mukhi and Kamadia.

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India, 1936: His Highness the Aga Khan III with Ismaili Missionaries
(Publication Date: January 24, 2010)

March 1936: This photo was taken in India on the occasion of the presentation of a casket by a group of Ismaili missionaries to His Highness the Aga Khan III to mark the occasion of his Golden Jubilee. The Casket was created and donated by ‘Senior’ Missionary Alijah Moloobhai Allarakhia Jangbarwalla. Unless otherwise noted we may asume that all the persons in the photograph are missionaries. STANDING BACK ROW Left to right: Noorali Bandali, Gulamhusein Juma, Sayyed Mohamed Shah, Jaffer Jivan, Alidina Mamu, Ebrahim J. Varteji, Tajjar Mukhi Mohamed, Damji Velji, Abdulla Esmail and Badrudin Nurmohamed. SEATED ON CHAIRS Left to right: Meghji Maherali, Husseini Pirmohamed, Alijah Moloo Allarakhia (Donor of Casket), Chief Secretary Gulamhusein Virjee, President Alimohamed R Maklai, HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN III, President Alijah Esmail Mohamed Jaffer, Finance Secretary Tarmohamed Ravji, Alijah Sabza Ali Ramzanali, Jamal Virji and Hamir Lakha. SEATED ON CARPET Left to right: Kassamali L Wadiwalla, Amirali Khudabaksh, Hajimohamed Fazalbhai, Mahmed Muradali, Madatali Rahemtullah Rajan and Juma Jiwa. Photographed by: Golden Art Studio; Photo: Ameer Janmohamed Collection, London, UK.

The photo as well as the caption was submitted by Ameer Janmohamed of London, England.

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Nairobi, 1945: His Highness the Aga Khan III at a Guides/Scouts Rally

His Highness the Aga Khan III and the Begum Aga Khan, walking behind him - second from right - at a joint Guides/Scouts rally in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1945. All photos from the Motani Collection, Ottawa (Copyright)

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The photos are from the Motani family collection, Ottawa.

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Mumbai, 1946: His Highness the Aga Khan III at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
(Publication Date: February 10, 2010)

10 March 1946: 48th Imam of the Ismailis, His Highness the Aga Khan III, accompanied by smiling Ismaili leaders, walks by a cheerful and happy group of volunteers at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations held in Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium. The diamonds that he was weighed against were worth 640,000 British pounds and the money was returned by the Imam for the community's social uplifment programs. Photo Credit: Karim Jassani Collection, Ottawa. Mr. Jassani's late father, Itmadi Ebrahim Meherally Jassani, is seen at the right, and walking immediately behind him with a stick is Vazir Kassamali Javeri. In the centre is Varas Daya Vellji, holding an envelope.

Mumbai, 1946: The Diamond Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan held at Brabourne Stadium (photographs added on Friday, March 12, 2010).

10 March 1946: His Highness the Aga Khan III shows his appreciation and blesses the crowd after the diamond weighing ceremony at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium to mark his 60 years of Imamat. Credit for Photos: Karim Jassani Collection, Ottawa. Mr. Jassani's late father, Itmadi Ebrahim Meherally Jassani, is seen at the right of the scale.

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The 1946 Diamond Jubilee photos shown above are from the archives of  the family of Mr. Karim Jassani, Ottawa.

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Zanzibar, 1948: His Highness the Aga Khan III’s telegram to Count Jindani
(Publication Date: January 30, 2010)

29 December 1948: A telegram from Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III, 48th Imam of the Ismailis, in the 63rd year of his reign, conferring the title of Diwan on (Count) Gulamhussein Mohamed Naser Jindani. Photo: Mohamed Jindani collection, London, UK

The image was submitted by Dr. Mohamed Jindani of London, England, son of the late Diwan Jindani.

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3 thoughts on “Historical Photos: Life in the Ismaili Community (1875 – 1957)

  1. الشكر الكبير لكم على المعلومات الرائعة وأرجو منكم متابعة وضع الطائفة الإسماعيلية في سوريا والمنطقة العربية جميعها والأنتباه للمواقع التي تنشر أخبار خاطئة ومغلوطة عن طائفتنا بقصد الحماية وعدم تشويه صورة الطائفة والإمام بأعيان العالم .
    ونرجو إيصال صوتنا لصاحب السمو كريم آغا خان فنحن من أتباعه ومن مريديه ومن محبيه فهو إمام زماننا وعصرنا .

    ولكم جزيل الشكر وفائق الأحترام

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