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Interviewer: Veronika Hofer

Introduction at Arte (Google translation)

Spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, a branch of Shiite Islam, Prince Karim Aga Khan is also the head of the Aga Khan Development Network, the largest private network of development of the world. See the tabloids especially him the heir to his dynasty and the owner of a prestigious stable of racehorses. But for this man of 75, formed in a European context as well as Muslim, the main objective is to build bridges between cultures.

Introduction at RadioBremen (Google translation)

The Aga Khan, leader of the Shiite Muslim religious community, the Ismailis, is in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or even in Canada as a quiet and effective diplomat, as a bridge builder, but mainly known as a benefactor. His Aga Khan Development Network, which counts 80,000 employees worldwide, is the largest private development aid organization in the world.

In Europe, however, it reported only the tabloids, because she has never deferred to his father, a bon vivant and passionate racing team owner completed. The European media transport as a convenient, ready-made worldview further.

The real person of the Aga Khan, however, fits into a single pattern: born in Switzerland, western educated, trained at Harvard, has traveled extensively in the Islamic and Western culture anchored, he is committed to democracy and pluralism, for rights and dignity of human beings. It’s commitment goes far beyond their own Muslim religious community. The biggest regret of the 75-year-old imam is his experience that in the Western civilized world as good as no knowledge of Islamic culture there. In the humanities, the arts, the culture is for him the level at which you meet in Europe and Islam, at eye level and with all its diversity. Allowed to take this bridge from a European point of view be seen as the life’s work and legacy of Karim Aga Khan.

Two years followed the filmmaker Veronika Hofer and travel in the footsteps of the Aga Khan. Two years it took for the media-shy imam in Nairobi, in his childhood home was one interview, from which a long, very personal and frank discussion was. It represents the core of the documentation that goes with the Aga Khan on a journey through a world with which Europe needs to employ in their own interest.

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