Shah Karim Al-Hussayni Aga Khan IV
Shah Karim Al-Hussayni, generally known as the Aga Khan, he is the leader of the Shia Muslim sect known as the Nizari Ismailis since 1957. For 10–15 million Nizari Ismaili Muslims, Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam, descended from Ali (A.S), the Prophet Muhammad’s cousin (Peace be upon him).
Prince Karim is Prince Aly Khan’s oldest son from his first marriage to Joan Yarde-Buller, the daughter of the 3rd Baron Churston. His grandfather, the Aga Khan III, chose him to be the imamate of the Nizari Ismailis sect, which he succeeded in 1957.
The Aga Khan IV was born on December 13, 1936, in Geneva, Switzerland. He grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where he received his early education through private tuition.
Prince Karim later spent nine years at the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland, the world’s most expensive boarding school, where he received “fair grades.” As a youngster, Prince Karim wanted to study science at MIT, but his grandfather, Aga Khan III, vetoed the decision, and Prince Karim instead attended Harvard University, where he was elected a member of The Delphic Club.
When his grandfather died, the young Prince was catapulted into the role of Aga Khan (IV), and he went from being a university student to being the new Nizari Imam, succeeding his grandfather. “Overnight, my entire life altered drastically,” he stated. I awoke with significant duties for millions of other people. I knew I’d have to give up my plans to pursue a doctorate in history.
The Crown Prince has been linked to several He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with “Cum Laude” honors from Harvard University in 1959, two years after becoming the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis.
The young Aga Khan was a competitive downhill skier who competed for Iran in the 1964 Winter Olympics, which was led by the Shah.
The Aga Khan inherits his position of power from his lineage, which was given upon the Imam by the Shah of Persia in the mid-nineteenth century. He was 20 years old at the time when his grandfather chose him over his father and uncle to become the fourth Aga Khan and 49th Imam. His grandfather felt the community needed a leader who had been raised and matured in recent years, in the midst of the new age, and who would bring a fresh perspective to his office.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development and humanitarian organizations that work in impoverished areas. The network is well-known for its architectural and cultural activities, which include historic city revitalization initiatives. The rehabilitation of Aleppo’s Old City and Cairo’s Al-Azhar Park are two examples of such projects.
The Aga Khan Foundation has a long-standing engagement in developing countries, helping to build healthcare capacity, promote rural economic development, and improve educational possibilities. The AKDN has a strong presence in Central Asia, where it works in places that are sometimes overlooked by other organizations. The Aga Khan’s 60th year of the rule was recognized as the Diamond Jubilee Year, which ran from July 2017 to July 2018.