H.H.THE AGA KHAN III

SPECIAL SERIES ON H. H. THE AGA KHAN III
(published in November and December of 2009)

A special series dedicated to the 48th Ismaili Imam, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III (1877 – 1957) was published in November and December 2009. The articles in the series included many themes from his life as Imam of the Ismailis, a great Muslim leader and thinker, anecdotes as well as rare photographs from photographic and portrait libraries from around the world. The complete list of articles is shown below. We ask readers to continue to submit personal stories and anecdotes as well as rare and unique images related to the late Aga Khan that you have in your collection (email simerg@aol.com, subject Aga Khan III anecdotes) – they will be published in the Voices category of this website.

Note: The special series articles listed below, along with articles published since January 2010, are now available in a PDF file. Please click: Download Simerg’s special series on His Highness the Aga Khan III.

Special Series: November-December, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III: The Face of Imamat (last in series)

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Long Reign Ends

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – 48th Ismaili Imam’s Platinum Jubilee: World Evolved from Candle Lights and Horse Carriages to Nuclear Physics and Jet Travel

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – The Diamond Jubilee: “An Incomparable Occasion in the World”

Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III: Lakhpaty’s Intriguing Poster for 48th Ismaili Imam’s Diamond Jubilee Shows Artistic Ingenuity

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Ismailis Celebrated Longest Imamat in History with Three Magnificent Jubilees

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – The 48th Ismaili Imam at the Ritz: “Calm Mind, Clear-Thinking and Wise”, A Reporter’s 1933 Story

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Imam Speaks of Burmese Patriotism; Memorial Plate at Jamatkhana Honours 31 Ismaili Lives Lost in WWII Bombardment

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Historic Photos and Imam’s Recognition of Services Rendered by the Family of Itmadi Kassam Kothari of Jamnagar

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Titles, Decorations and Honours Conferred on 48th Ismaili Imam; 72 Year Reign Spanned Six British Monarchs and Seventeen PM’s

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Eloquent Persian Quatrain by 48th Ismaili Imam Graces a 1923 Invitation For Talk About Imamat

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Defender of Islam, Activist for Justice and Equality, Confidence Booster, And Deliverer of Joy

Aga Khan III Series: The Road to Happiness

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – The Road to Happiness and The Concept of Life

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Imam’s Message in South Africa Addressed Artificial Barriers, Unity, Education for All, and Damaging Social Habits

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Recollection of Imam’s Visit to a Family Shop; A Story about the Diamond Jubilee Scale and…Does it (Still) Work?

Literary Reading: Hazrat Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – A “Mendicant” Who Transformed a Dream into Reality and Stirred the Soul of a Bitter Critic

Literary Reading: Hazrat Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Links to Movies at British Pathe

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – A Muslim’s Analysis of Lessons that Can be Learnt from the 48th Ismaili Imam

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – The Imam of the Socio-Economic Revolution

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Successor and a Son Reflect on Accomplishments of the 48th Ismaili Imam (first in series)

Articles published after special series

Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah – An Astonishing and Extraordinary Personality

Voices: World Renowned Photographer Sarite Sanders Portrays Mysterious Radiance of a Fatimid Tomb and the Elegance of the Aga Khan Mausoleum

Yakimour 1954: A Golden Moment for an Aspiring Student – An Audience with the 48th Ismaili Imam, Aga Khan

I Wish I’d Been There: A Unique Moment in the Life of the Punjab Jamat

Avatar Discourses; Aga Khan III Investiture; 1907 – Aga Khan III in New York

Collection: “The Aga Khan’s Horses” – 1938 Limited Edition, Number 81, Signed by the Aga Khan

Collection: “The Memoirs of Aga Khan” – 1st Editions in Seven Languages

The Memoirs of Aga Khan – World Enough and Time: A Translator’s Voice

“Mawla Fulfilled My Wish”

On Meeting the Noorani Family – My Voyage to Europe

The 1955 “Jubilee Ball” of His Highness the Aga Khan III at the Savoy

An Ismaili Youth’s Rare Moment With Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah

 Page updated: October 12, 2012

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2 thoughts on “H.H.THE AGA KHAN III

  1. We appreciate the efforts of Simerg in making it possible for all Ismailis to relish the rare pictures of Sir Sultan Mohmed Shah taken at a time when we were not even born, to witness any of these events. Yet, now we understand the significance. This is yoeman service which cannot be underestimated.

    We are proud to say the least that such rare find has been shared with us. I had heard about the Maharajas in the princely states of Limbdi and Jamnagar and some of the prominent ismailis living in those times working for the maharajas; as my mother used to relate. But this is actually proved with photographs to make it so poignant . This makes me say I wish I was there at the time.

    My mother was from Kathiawar Limbdi; but we never had a chance even to visit this place . Her narration has suddenly come alive for me. It has also given us an insight into how people used to dress and look in those times with pagdi and feta; as well as their closeness to the Imam of the time.
    Most of the jamat not was not urbanized; yet devout in their belief and worked very sincerely for the Imam.

    We thank the Kotharis and all who have been instrumental in preserving these photos so well at the time when photography was not so advanced. Our humble shukranas for all their efforts.

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