His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today expressed the hope that more initiatives such as well-researched publications, exhibitions and scholarly exchanges by academic and cultural institutions in the West, “could help deepen public understanding of Islam and its intellectual and artistic heritage.”

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His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today expressed the hope that more initiatives such as well-researched publications, exhibitions and scholarly exchanges by academic and cultural institutions in the West, “could help deepen public understanding of Islam and its intellectual and artistic heritage.”

The Aga Khan was attending the formal launch by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Presses de l’Universite de Paris-Sorbonne of a new series of publications on Islam. The first volume in the series, L’Egypte Fatimide: Son Art et Son Histoire, brings together the contributions of over fifty eminent scholars who participated in an international colloquium on the subject in Paris in May 1998 co-sponsored by AKTC.

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