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Aga Khan III

48th Shia Imam Aga Khan III

Profession: 48th Shia Imam


Biography: The 48th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, Aga Khan III was also one of the founders and the first president of the All-India Muslim League.

Under his leadership the League agitated against the British Raj and for the advancement of Islam and protection of Muslim rights in India.

In 1932, he was nominated to represent India to the League of Nations and served as President of the League of Nations from 1937–38.

Throughout his life he stressed Islam's compassion and was a strong supporter of universal, free primary education and for women's education.

During World War II he lived in Switzerland and withdrew from politics. A wealthy man, he passed away at his villa in Versoix, near Geneva and was buried in the Mausoleum of Aga Khan, on the Nile in Aswan, Egypt.

Born: November 2, 1877
Birthplace: Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India (now Pakistan)
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: July 11, 1957 (aged 79)

Married Life

  • 1896-11-02 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (19) weds first cousin Shahzadi Begum in Pune, India
  • 1929-12-07 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (52) weds Andrée Joséphine Carron in Aix-les-Bains, France
  • 1944-10-09 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (67) weds 1930 Miss France Yvonne Blanche Labrousse (38) in Geneva, Switzerland

Historical Events

  • 1902-06-26 Aga Khan III is appointed Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire

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