- 26 April 2008
- Sources: Primary
- Categories: Aga Khan IV ·· Burkina Faso ·· Imamat ·· Published ·· Regional Focus ·· Speeches ·· Translation Required
[Google translation] Formal links with the Imamat West Africa dates back to 1960 when a young Imam, I had the opportunity to visit several countries in the region. At the time, this country was called Upper Volta. But our informal links back to a much longer time since historians speak because of trade in the 12th century between the scholars of the University of Sankore in Timbuktu and al-Azhar university institute founded in Cairo in early 10th century by my ancestor, Imam-Caliph al-Muizz Fatimid. So Mr. President, our reports are very very old.