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The Nizari Isma'ili imams since the time of Hasan 'Ali Shah (d. 1881) have borne the title Aga Khan. The present imam, Prince Karim alHusayni, Aga Khan IV, is according to this tradition the forty-ninth hereditary imam of the community worldwide, representing direct lineal descent and succession from the first Shl'i imam `All and his wife Fatimah, the prophet Muhammad's daughter. The first Aga Khan served as Governor of Qom and Kirman in Iran before intrigues and conflicts at court caused him ...more

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