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An Islamic Conscience: The Aga Khan and the Ismailis (2007)

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Born into a world of wealth and privilege, he devotes his life to eliminating poverty and inequality. A religious leader who traces his ancestry back to the Prophet Muhammad, he struggles to balance the traditional with the modern. His Highness the Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, a Shia sect with 15 million followers around the world. At a time when Islam is at odds with itself and with the West, the Aga Khan represents a voice of moderation, speaking out for pluralism and diversity, and promoting dialogue between civilizations. But will he be heard? The Film: The Ismailis are a people without a homeland. An oft-persecuted minority within Islam, they are scattered across more than 30 countries. The program shows how many Ismailis came to the West when they were forced out of Uganda by Idi Amin. It was the current Aga Khan's grandfather, Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan, who created the Ismaili community as we know it today. Though a reputation for high living often ... Written by Shamir Allibhai

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Excellent Documentary
13 July 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Beautifully made with total objectivity and presentation of Agakhan and his role as a Muslim to bridge the divide between east and west at a time when there is lot of mistrust of what Islam stands for.The movie starts with scenes to show how Agakhan enjoys total support from his followers who live in various parts of the world and give him the utmost loyalty. The movie features Agakhan's interview where he clearly shows his irritation of ignorance in West as to what Islam stands for, how west after 9/11 has branded all Muslims with the same paint of brush. The documentary highlights Agakhan's various institutions carrying out humanitarian projects in under developed counties and shows Agakhan's passion to reach out people in need by building hospitals and schools. Shamir has produced a great documentary.


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