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The National Parliament of Bangladesh, designed by Louis Kahn, won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1989. AKTC

At the end of February, a group of Ismailis toured the National Assembly complex in Dhaka. They discovered that the Louis Kahn-designed winner of the 1989 Aga Khan Award for Architecture remains a formidable presence in the architectural consciousness of Bangladesh.

AKDN Resident Representative Munir Merali with chief guest the Honourable Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak. AKDN

Dhaka, 30 July 2015 — Government leaders and members of the diplomatic corps joined AKDN staff and volunteers for an Imamat Day reception at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre. The event also marked the first anniversary of the establishment of the Office of the AKDN Resident Representative in Bangladesh.

Princess Zahra cuts a cake in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Aga Khan School, Dhaka on 5 June 2014.

Princess Zahra visited India and Bangladesh in June to review progress in the redevelopment of Prince Aly Khan Hospital and the surrounding Aga Hall estate, and to take part in celebrating the silver jubilee of the Aga Khan School in Dhaka. She also met with leaders and members of the Jamat in both countries.

With more than six decades of history in Bangladesh, the Ismaili community sees the new Dhaka Jamatkhana as a symbol of renewed hope and confidence in the future of their country.

In a city of nearly 13 million people, the newly opened Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre provides the Dhaka Jamat with a welcome respite from the daily hustle and bustle of life, offering a quiet space for reflection and prayer. But it also testifies to the continued historical commitment of the Ismaili Imamat and the Jamat to the future of Bangladesh.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers acceptance remarks after being awarded the 2011 UCSF Medal at the University’s Founders Day Banquet.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers his acceptance remarks at a banquet in San Francisco on 26 April 2011, after being presented with the University of California San Francisco Medal, the University’s highest honour.

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