Two years ago today, on April 14th, 2011, the NanoWisdoms Archive of Imamat Speeches, Interviews and Writings was granted the distinct honour of special permission by Aiglemont to publish His Highness the Aga Khan’s speeches and writings. As a unique website dedicated to the Ismaili Imamat’s knowledge, tens of thousands have visited the Archive, many of whom who also subscribe to our Quote and Reading Service.

First of all, we would like to thank all those who have sent us contributions, supported us during these initial years or sent us good wishes and appreciation.

On our second anniversary we thought it appropriate to summarise what has been accomplished so far and outline what remains to be done or is ongoing.

When the Archive was launched it contained some 500 speeches, interviews and writings. Today, thanks to contributions from our visitors, we have increased this by some 100 new readings, including many little known, but important, interviews such as the new one we are publishing today to commemorate our second anniversary.

Similarly, prior to our launch we had broadcast some 350 short quotes via Twitter. In the last two years we have broadcast some 1,000 more short and extended quotes via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail and have created the largest public collection of Ismaili Imamat quotes. In addition, our entire collection is now also organised and accessible by theme, with each quote also available in an attractive PDF format for jamatkhana notice boards, teaching aids, seminar handouts, discussion topics, general references, etc..

However, despite this progress, two key activities are ongoing and require your continued assistance if the Archive is to fulfil its founding objective to become a definitive resource of Imamat knowledge for both Ismailis and the public in general.

Firstly, although the Archive with some 600 speeches, interviews and writings is today the most comprehensive, publicly available collection of Imamat knowledge, there are some 80 speeches and interviews by the Aga Khan which are known to exist but which are missing and a further 120 readings for which we only have excerpts. We are appealing to the Jamat, world-wide, to assist us in obtaining these items from their local public, university and ITREB libraries and/or publisher’s archives. Click here for the list of missing and incomplete readings.

Secondly, although thousands have become aware of and visited the Archive, for each of these ten more are unaware of it and so we kindly request you to keep informing your families, friends and Jamats about the Archive. In addition, to help you introduce and make your local leadership aware of the Archive, we have prepared an information kit, at the following link, which you may print or e-mail to them. Click here to learn how you can help your Jamat learn about the NanoWisdoms Archive.

Finally, to commemorate our second anniversary we are pleased to bring you the little known, but riveting, July 1979 The Age interview of the Aga Khan by Geoffry Barker. This interview was conducted three months before his October 1979 visit to Australia, two months after Idi Amin left Uganda in exile, and six months after the 1979 Iranian revolution.

In this lengthy interview the Aga Khan freely discusses a wide range of issues including social values, Islamic law, Iran, Idi Amin, Colonel Gaddafi, Israel and the Palestinian issue, private enterprise, his thoroughbred activities, and more.

In particular, on the issue of Imamat, Mr. Barker first explains that the Aga Khan makes ‘no claim to be divine’ and then asks the intriguing question: ‘But do you believe you are divinely guided?’

Click for the interview:
The July 1979 The Age interview of His Highness the Aga Khan (Melbourne, Australia)