Prince Karim Aga Khan the IV doesn’t exactly fit the profile you’d expect of a Muslim holy man. He’s a half-European billionaire, a former world-class skier, and the one-time stepson of Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth.
To his followers, he’s a living legend, a direct descendent of the prophet Mohammed. But he has also become a significant figure in international development, literally reshaping the landscape.
High up in the Pamir Mountains of Eastern Tajikistan, bulldozers are moving mounds of earth to make way for a new college campus. When it’s finished, people are expected to come from around Central Asia to study here.