Inducement to inscribe this article emerged as a result of direct inspiration from the tireless efforts of Prince Karim Aga Khan in the fields as diverse as education, healthcare, economy, environment etc., to improve the quality of human life across the entire globe. Recently, Karim Aga Khan’s youngest son, Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, has responsibly inaugurated the documentation of the noble works that have been completed by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), in the form of short films or documentaries. Thus far, Aly has been able to produce two documentaries, both of which are extraordinarily interesting to watch. In this article, Aly’s latest documentary, Al-Khimyah, has turned into a subject of critical scrutiny. Aly’s documentary has been critically analyzed and evaluated not only in terms of the style, genre, targeted audience etc., but also in terms of the content, which, as we shall subsequently see, is absolutely thought provoking. Precisely speaking, this critical review would allow the readers to comprehend the complexity behind the works of Prince Karim Aga Khan through the example of Al-Azhar park which is well depicted in Al-Khimyah.
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Reviewed by: Ali Jan Damani is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts from IBA, Karachi, Pakistan. he has written several articles on various aspects of South Asian Ismaili Tradition (for academic and non-academic audiences). Currently, he is in the process of writing a book on the life of Imam Begum which he hopes to complete and publish sometime later this year or next.
Close to Home: Al-Khimyah
Release date: June 5, 2020
Source: AKDN (YouTube)