Impact & Relevance: Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) – Models of Human Stewardship

Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do

One-third of the UN’s World Heritage Sites are in the Muslim World

“The Islamic world probably has the highest concentration of historic cities of any  world culture.

And you’re asking can this concentration of assets become a trampoline for economic and social development?

And the answer is very clearly yes.”

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan
49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims

“What I’m hoping to achieve is the notion that these historic sites are potential economic and social dynamos.

They are not frozen, paralysed, historic assets.

They are assets that can actually contribute to the quality of life of the people who live in those contexts.”

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan
49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims

The many different activities of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) are all informed by Islam’s humanistic tradition and service, charity and knowledge building.

Almost four decades since creating the Aga Khan Trust for Architecture (AKAA) His Highness can look back on a legacy that has benefited both cultural heritage and the people who live among it, in equal measure.

“It’s part of the ethics of Islam.

It’s not philanthropy.

It’s that you have a duty to share what you do not need for yourself. If Allah has given you the wherewithal to share, you share. And you don’t share on the basis of handouts.

The best gift is what enables people to become independent.

That is, you don’t give philanthropy on an ongoing basis, if you can give philanthropy, it’s to make people capable of managing their own destinies.”

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan
49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims

Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali

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