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Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan by Diana Miserez (BA Econ 1960)

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: Humanitarian and Visionary by Diana Miserez (BA Econ 1960)

21 November 2016

In this biography, Diana Miserez traces the life of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 to 1977, a humanitarian, visionary and environmentalist.

The younger son of Aga Khan III and a middle-class Frenchwoman, Prince Sadruddin was born in Paris, and the author first sketches his early life as a schoolboy in Switzerland, where in 1940 his family found refuge, and at Harvard.

Diana then looks at his earliest involvement with the UN (UNESCO, UNHCR), and proceeds to describe the strenuous efforts he made, while still undertaking several prolonged UN missions (Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan),  to raise awareness of the dangers of nuclear proliferation and of damage to the environment. The final chapters describe the prince’s superb art collection and his unique personality.

Throughout his life, Sadruddin Aga Khan worked with people at every level, often dealing with heads of state. Through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) he was familiar with HRH Prince Philip, whose Assistant Private Secretary has conveyed to the author the Duke of Edinburgh’s  pleasure on receiving a copy of the book on its publication.

Using radio interviews and press cuttings throughout the book, Diana Miserez hopes to reflect the prince's personality and to inspire younger generations, those that the prince looked toward when he fought for the future of the planet.

Further information

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: Humanitarian and Visionary is available to purchase online now via Amazon.