A Selection of Images from Readings Published in 2011

AN ISMAILI MONUMENT – THE DAWR SATR PERIOD

Jabal Mashhad in Salamiyya, Syria, is thought to hold the tomb of the 8th Ismaili Imam Wafi Ahmed. Photo: Henna Budhwani

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PROTECTION AND SECURITY FOR THE IMAM

Visitors looking into one of the tunnels in the Maqam al Imam in Syria. The Maqam is thought to hold the tombs of Imams Taqi Muhammad, Radi Abdullah, and, some also say, Imam Ismail.On occasions when soldiers threatened, the Imams were whisked up via underground tunnels. There is a famous story of Ismaili fidais claiming to be the Imam and risking arrest in order to confuse and delay the soldiers, giving the Imam time to flee. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Copyright.

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RUINS OF A FORTIFICATION IN MAHDIYA – THE FIRST FATIMID CAPITAL

Ruins of Fatimid Fortification, Mahdiya, Tunisia. Photo credit: Glyn Willett, UK. Virtual Tourist. Copyright

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A MAGNIFICENT PALACE, ONCE UPON A TIME

The ruins of the Ajdabiyah Fortress Palace. It is believed to have been a place where Imam al-Muizz rested during his journey to Cairo in 972 AC. Photo: http://www.Temehu.com.

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 POST FATIMID ERA – RUINS OF AN ISMAILI CASTLE

Al-Kahf Castle in Syria was Rashid al-Din Sinan’s preferred residence. It was located deep in the forests of Jabal Bahra. The castle was 500 metres long and 40 metres wide and was divided into four self-contained sections. The ruins still show the existence of seven water cisterns and a well-preserved and intricately designed bath-house. The Ismailis held the castle until around July 1273 when it felt to the Mamluks. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Copyright

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DAWA IN INDIA: THE RESTING PLACE OF PIR SADR AL-DIN

A large tree spreads its shadows ouside the mausoleum of Pir Sadr al-Din. Photo: Malik Mirza. Copyright.

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THE MODERN PERIOD: THE HISTORICAL HASANABAD

Mausoleum of Imam Shah Hasanali Shah, Aga Khan I, in Hasanabad, Mumbai. Photo Credit: Mr. Shaukat Chandani.

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THE BELOVED 48TH IMAM

August 10, 1921: Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III, 48th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, who was granted the rank and status of first class chief with a salute of 11 guns in recognition of loyal service during the First World War is pictured on holiday at Deauville, France. Picture by: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images. Copyright.

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BELOVED PRINCE ALY KHAN

Father and son present themselves humbly and pay their respects to Prince Aly Khan during a Jamati mulaqat in Nagpur. The Prince undertook many missions on behalf of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah. The Prince’s warmth, affection and care for the murids of Imam-e-Zaman is clearly manifest in this photo. Photo: Samsu Jalali Collection, Atlanta, Georgia.

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THE BELOVED 49TH IMAM: A SPIRITUAL ICON FOR THE ISMAILIS IN THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES

A portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: Jehangir Merchant collection.

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HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN

A portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan taken in Pakistan in 1976. Photo: Ilm Supplement, 1976

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AN ISLAMIC TRADITION OF HONOUR AND RESPECT

His Highness the Aga Khan being respectfully greeted by Ramzanali Kassam at a public function held in Nairobi, Kenya. The exact date of this photo is not known but it appears to be from the late 1950's or very early 1960's. Nashir Kassam Collection. Copyright.

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A SAD MOMENT FROM RECENT HISTORY

An interior section of the Kampala Jamatkhana as photographed in 1982. The Imam's chair is poised on a platform of the "My Flag" shield that used to adorn the "taak" (arch) entrance. Photo: Vali Jamal. Copyright.

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HEALTH CARE AND COMPASSION

The emblem of the Aga Khan Health Services. The symbol represents health care and compassion. The crescent is an ancient icon which, when used in red, has become the equivalent of the International Red Cross. The three-crescent design in its simple, poetic form creates an internal space symbolising how institutions and programmes using the symbol surround, attend and care for those in need. Photo: Flickr photostream prondis_in_kenya. Copyright: Isabelle Prondzynski

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ARTISTIC EXPRESSION: “THE MAJECTIC HORSE”

“The Majestic Horse” by Hamida Madhani. Copyright.

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DEVOTION AND UNBOUNDED JOY

An Ismaili elder in Tashkorgan, China, radiantly displays a photo of His Highness the Aga Khan.

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ARTISTIC EXPRESSION: “THE CLOSER YOU COME THE MORE YOU WILL SEE HIM”

"The closer you come the more you will see him." A pixel sample from His Highness the Aga Khan's digital portrait shown below. Copyright: Akber Kanji.

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This digital portrait by Akber Kanji is composed of hundreds of images reflecting the Imamat of His Highness the Aga Khan through his numerous activities and projects. Image: Akbar Kanji. Copyright

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WORKING AGAINST POVERTY AND PROMOTING RELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING

Monday June 30, 2008. His Highness the Aga Khan with his daughter Princess Zahra before he was honoured by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth for his work against poverty and in promoting religious understanding. Picture by: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images. Copyright.

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“HALO” – THE FUTURE ISMAILI CENTRE, THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM AND THEIR PARK

A halo from the construction site of the new Ismaili Jamatkhana and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Photo: Jim Bowie, Toronto.

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“WHERE HOPE TAKES ROOT”

His Highness Aga Khan signing his book “Where Hope Takes Root” for the Premier of Briitish Columbia during his 2008 visit to the province to celebrate his Golden Jubilee. Photo: With permission of The Vancouver Sun.

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Date posted: December 29, 2011
Date updated: December 31, 2011 (new image)

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We invite you to click on the following links to read the articles in which the above photos were placed as well as to view more photos. The pieces were published during 2011 on this website:

A Tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan on His 75th Birthday – Part II

A Review of His Highness the Aga Khan’s “Where Hope Takes Root”

The Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park: Winners for “Why I Like This Photo”

A Unique Digital Portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan by Akbar Kanji

Prince Aly Khan: Rare Photos from Nagpur and Lourenço Marques

Journey of Discovery: A Recent Visit to the Mausoleums of Pir Sadardin and Pir Hasan Kabirdin

Editor’s Choice: Photos of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan and Prince Karim Aga Khan

Remembering Kampala Jamatkhana: Special in so many ways

Happy Times in Hasanabad

A Jamatkhana in Tashkorgan, China

Memories of Kenya: Vintage Photos of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah and Mawlana Hazar Imam

Photos of Mausoleums of Ismaili Imams of the Dawr Satr Period

Great Moments in Ismaili History: Ismaili Castles in Syria

Photos of the Ruins of the Fatimid Capital, al-Mahdiya, and the Ajdabiyah Fortress Palace

Hamida Madhani: “Mystical Dance”, “Mubarak”, “Essence of Life” and “The Majestic Horse”

Kitengela Sculpture at Aga Khan Hospital Seeks to Inspire Hope and Brighten Lives of Patients

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19 thoughts on “A Selection of Images from Readings Published in 2011

  1. Wonderful pictures and notes on our history. Perhaps a complilation in a book form (if not already done ) would be a good idea. Congratulations and well done. Best wishes.
    Mohamed Hajee (U.K.)

  2. So very inspiring and refreshing. Some times we forget to take a look back in time and understand the hardship that our Imams and the Jamat went through and not to take things for granted today. Thank you for all the great work you put together for us so beautifully.

  3. Delicious and thought provoking. You are right! Each provokes one to read further and feel internally, connecting to their Mawla and all of what our faith teaches us and how it is such a GIFT.
    Shukr. Simerg, beautiful effort.

  4. Indeed a praiseworthy collection of photos and related articles. This way we may spread knowledge far and wide. Congratulations!

  5. Each Image has its own historical facts. They should be organized in timeline period like Saudi-Arabian phase, Daur-e Satr, Fatimid, Daur-e Satr II, or Alamut period, Indo-Pak phase, and European phase too! This will give insight to the development of historical facts. Certainly all the images are incredible!

    • Thank you Salma for your comment and suggestion. The photos have been re-arranged to flow in some form of a chronological order. It is hoped that readers will click on the article links after the photos and learn more about different periods of Ismaili history. Also, there are numerous other articles on the blog dealing with the pre-Fatimid, Fatimid and post Fatimid periods of Ismaili history. For a complete list of articles, please click on What’s New above the Simerg banner. Malik.

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