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Speaking on the challenges facing democracy, Mawlana Hazar Imam said it must contribute towards helping society achieve a better quality of life. AKDN / Gary Otte

Athens, 15 September 2015 — Democracy faces dire challenges in the world today, says Mawlana Hazar Imam. Its survival depends on how well it can deliver on a promise of human progress.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers a keynote speech at the 2015 Athens Democracy Forum held in the Stoa of Attalos. AKDN / Gary Otte

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers a keynote address to the Athens Democracy Forum.

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.

Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with the 2011 University of California San Francisco Medal, the University’s highest honour.

At a banquet in San Francisco on 26 April, Mawlana Hazar Imam was presented with the 2011 University of California San Francisco Medal. The prestigious recognition builds on existing collaborations between the UCSF and AKDN, and particularly the University’s support for training and research programmes at the Aga Khan University.

This is an early image of the Carlton Tower,  opened in 1977 as Dubai's first five-star hotel. Surrounding the hotel are the first few multiple storey buildings in Bur Deira.

Born in 1929 in the port of Gwadar, Noor Ali Rashid was sent to Dubai by his father, who hoped to cure him of his interest in photography – a distraction from the family business. Instead, through the lens of his camera, Rashid bore witness to the unfolding of a new country.

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