This week’s selection is His Highness the Aga Khan’s 1984 Preface to the book Cairo, Revitalising a Historic Metropolis by Stefano Bianca and Philip Jodidio.

Noting that at “a time when our heritage, the anchor of our identity and source of inspiration, is being threatened with destruction by war and environmental degradation, by the inexorable demographic and economic pressures of exploding urban growth, or by simple neglect”, the Aga Khan asks: “Will we allow the wealth that is the past to be swept away, or will we assume our responsibility to defend what remains of the irreplaceable fabric of history?” Stressing that protecting our heritage is one of the most urgent priorities of our time, the Aga Khan explains the three “themes of concern” that underpin the work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and how these not only motivated the development of Azhar Park itself but also the revitalisation of the neighbouring Darb al-Ahmar district of Cairo.

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His Highness the Aga Khan’s preface to the book ‘Cairo, Revitalising a Historic Metropolis’ by Stefano Bianca and Philip Jodidio