Ismaili Moslem AGA KHAN IV vintage original photo 1958

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  • Sold Date: Sep 24, 2007
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Vintage original photo from 1958 measuring 7x9 inches of Aga Khan IV of succeeding aga Khan as head of the ancient Ismaili Moslem Sect. This photo depicts Karim Aly Khan wearing a robe at age 21 at National Cricket Stadium in Pakistan for start of ceremony installing him as 4th Aga Khan and spiritual leader of Ismaili Moslems. Beside him is Pakistan's President Iskander Mirza

Aga Khan is a title of the spiritual leader, Imam, of the Nizari sect within the Ismaili branch of Islam (Nizari Ismaili). The first Imam to bear the title of Aga Khan was Aga Hasan Ali Shah in the mid 19th century. The title Aga Khan means "Great Chief" and was bestowed upon Imam Aga Hasan Ali Shah by the Shah of Persia. The ditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims is the direct descendant of Muhammad through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, Muhammad's daughter.

List of those who have held the title of Aga Khan
Aga Khan I = Aga Hasan Ali Shah = HH Shah Hasan Ali Shah Mehalatee Aga Khan I (1800-1881), 46th Imam (1817-1881)
Aga Khan II = HH Ali Shah Aga Khan II (about 1830 - 1885), 47th Imam (1881-1885)
Aga Khan III = HRH Prince Sultan Mohammed, (1877-1957), 48th Imam (1885-1957)
Aga Khan IV = Karim Aga Khan = HH Prince Aga Khan IV = Prince Karim El Husseni (b. 1936), 49th Imam of the Ismailis
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