Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Parliament address on 10 July was followed by the formal opening of the exhibition Ideals of Leadership: Masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum Collections. The exhibit is being displayed at the Parliament building, São Bento Palace until 14 September 2018.

The exhibit consists of images and objects that convey the timeless ideals of leadership — humility, approachability, and benevolence, among others — that rulers have aspired to throughout the ages. Teaching rulers about the virtues of exemplary leadership has formed an integral part of political education in both the Islamic and Christian worlds across time and space. While Christian authors tended to rely on crafting a concrete, literal picture of the “ideal” prince, Muslim writers took a different approach, using storytelling, fables and analogies to convey wisdom and experience related to the art of governance.

The exhibit opening coincides with Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon and his visit to Portugal at the invitation of the Government.

Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, introduced the exhibition to Mawlana Hazar Imam and His Excellency Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, President of the Assembly of the Republic, before guiding them through the inaugural exhibition.

Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina, along with the other guests in attendance at the Parliament address, including Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa, Prince Hussain, Prince Aly Muhammad, Miss Sara Boyden, and Master Iliyan Boyden also toured the exhibit.