Words of Wisdom: History of Ismailis in Portugal

by ismailimail
Posted on
August 16, 2018

…we can trace the story of Ismaili engagement with Portugal back many years – even to the time when Ismailis settled in Portuguese Territories in India in the 17th Century, or when later Ismaili settlers came to Mozambique. Another milestone moment was the generous welcome that Portugal offered almost half a century ago to many Ismailis fleeing the Mozambiquan civil war.

Since that time, Ismaili ties to Portugal have multiplied. The Aga Khan Foundation in Portugal was established in the mid-1980’s. In 1998 we created a new Ismaili Centre in Lisbon. Protocols of Cooperation between the Imamat and Portugal were signed in 2005, in 2008, in 2009, and in 2016, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding between the Aga Khan University and the Catholic University of Portugal.

–Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the Parliament of Portugal Lisbon, Portugal. July 10, 2018)

AKDN’s Speeches & Interviews – http://www.akdn.org/press-centre/speeches
The Ismaili’s Speeches & Interviews – https://the.ismaili/speeches

Members of the Ismaili Community gather at Jardim Amalia Rodrigues and celebrate the arrival of His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: AKDN

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