Speeches of His Highness the Aga Khan IV

His Highness The Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary imaminfo-icon of the Shi‘ainfo-icon Ismaili Muslims, is the founder, and Chairman of the Board of Governors, of The Institute of Ismaili Studies. In this capacity, he guides the Institute’s mandate, strategies, and programmes. His Highness’ vision for the Institute is a part of a larger aspiration that he has expressed for Muslims and the societies in which they live. Over the past four decades, he has articulated various facets of this larger vision in his speeches delivered in varying cultural and geographical settings, a selection from which appears on this website. The speeches must, of course, be understood in their proper historical context.

  1. Speech at the Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Maputo, June 25, 2004, Matola, Mozambique

  2. Convocation Address to Graduates of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, June 18, 2004, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  3. Keynote Address at the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, May 19, 2004, Quebec, Canada

  4. Speech at the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, December 13, 2003, Dubai

  5. Address to 2003 Aga Khan University Convocation, December 6, 2003, Karachi, Pakistan

  6. Address at the 25th Anniversary Graduation Ceremony of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, October 19, 2003, Le Meridien Grosvenor House Hotel

  7. Speech at the Opening Session of ‘Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’, An International Colloquium organised by The Institute of Ismaili Studies, October 19, 2003, The Ismaili Centre, London

  8. Address at the Foundation Stone Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe, August 30, 2003, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

  9. Keynote Speech Concluding the Prince Claus Fund's Conference on Culture and Development, September 7, 2002, Amsterdam

  10. Remarks at the Opening of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 26, 2002, Washington, DC, USA.

  11. Speech at the Banquet Hosted in Honour of Governor Perry, June 23, 2002, Houston, Texas, USA.

  12. Speech at the Inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston, June 23, 2002, Houston, Texas, USA.

  13. Speech at the 2001 Award Presentation Ceremony of The Aga Khan Award For Architecture, November 6, 2001, The Citadel, Aleppo, Syria.

  14. Speech at the Centenary Celebration Meeting, Association of American Universities, April 22, 2001, Washington, DC, USA.

  15. Speech at the White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy, November 28, 2000, Washington, DC, USA.

  16. Speech at the Conference on Indigenous Philanthropy, October 17, 2000, Islamabad, Pakistan.

  17. Speech at The Foundation Stone Ceremony of The Lisbon Ismaili Centre, December 18, 1996 Lisbon, Portugal.

  18. Baccalaureate Address at Brown University, May 26, 1996 Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

  19. Keynote Address at the Commonwealth Press Union Conference, October 17, 1996, Cape Town, South Africa.

  20. Commencement Speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 27, 1994, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

  21. “The Enabling Environment: An Urgent Challenge”, Keynote Address at the International Development Conference, March 18, 1987, Washington, DC, USA.

  22. Speech to the Asia Society, September 25, 1979, New York, USA.

  23. Presidential Address at the International Seerat Conference, March 12, 1976, Karachi, Pakistan.

  24. Convocation Address at the University of Sind, February 6, 1970, Hyderabad, Pakistan.

  25. Convocation Address at Peshawar University, November 30, 1967, Peshawar, Pakistan.

  26. Presidential Address at the First Anniversary of Mindanao University, November 24, 1963, Manilla, Philippines.