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Aga Khan (Āqā Khān)
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Aga Khan (Āqā Khān), the title of the imams for the majority community of the Nizārī Ismailis in modern times. Originally conferred on Ḥasan ʿAlī Shāh, the forty-sixth Ismaili Imam, by Fatḥ ʿAlī Shāh Qājār, this title has been generally used in reference to the Nizārī Ismaili imams of modern times. They are listed as follows:

Aga Khan I

Muḥammad Ḥasan Ḥusaynī or Ḥasan ʿAlī Shāh (1219–1298/1804–1881). His grandfather, Mīrzā Abū al-Ḥasan Khān or Sayyid Abū al-Ḥasan Khān, known as Sayyid-i Kaha…

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Department of History, Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Aga Khan (Āqā Khān)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0193>
First published online: 2015



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