This Diamond Jubilee year Ismaili Gnosis Instagram & Snapchat is embarking on a year-long project to celebrate the life of the Imam of the Time in a series of anecdotes, stories, and snapshots from his life. Please feel free to share *your* stories with us. "He was a junior at Harvard, where his roommates had included Adlai Stevenson’s son John, but in April of that year Prince Karim left abruptly when he received an urgent summons from his ailing 79-year-old grandfather, who was at his villa near Cannes. 'He just said, ‘Come and see me,’ ' he recalls.
Eighteen months later, when he was able to resume his studies, he reappeared in Cambridge with a longer name—Queen Elizabeth had conferred the style of 'Highness' on him two weeks after he became Aga Khan IV. According to a letter from the secretary of state for the colonies, it was granted 'in view of his succession to the Imamat and his position as spiritual Head of the Ismaili Community, many members of which reside in Her Majesty’s territories.' His dormitory must have been crowded, too. 'I returned with two secretaries and a personal assistant,' he recalls. His retinue was 'a big joke' on campus, he says with a laugh.”
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