The reason behind the respect that the Aga Khans have earned is their ability to serve mankind by making the best use of their wealth which they inherited from their ancestors.
The Ismaili community across the world is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of their beloved spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan IV with zeal and enthusiasm.
At this crucial juncture when such evils as terrorism and extremism are being promoted globally to serve the evil interests of a few, I believe the prime focus of Prince Karim Aga Khan's 60-year struggle has been to promote quality education, advocate tolerance and empower the community.
Culture has long played a key role in the Aga Khans activities.
Religious leader, philanthropist, diplomat, horse breeder, business tycoon, jet-setter, patron of architecture and heritage preservation: at 70 years old, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is many things to many people.
This has been manifested primarily through the activities of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), an umbrella group that co-ordinates a wide range of agencies and projects.
Anne Edwards's Throne of Gold is a poorly researched and ill-conceived book that almost completely ignores the Isma ili context within which the Aga Khans as imams have unified and led several million Isma ili Muslims in turbulent times.
The Isma ilis, a major community of Shi i Muslims, number several millions, and an overwhelming majority of them, representing the Nizari branch of the community, currently acknowledge Prince Karim Aga Khan IV as their forty-ninth spiritual leader, or imam.
For instance, the birth dates of Aga Khan IV and that of his brother Amyn are both incorrect (pp.