.agakhan Domain Information
Applicant Full Legal Name
Fondation Aga Khan (Aga Khan Foundation)
Non-profit institution (foundation)
Joint Venture Partner
1 - 3 avenue de la Paix
Applied for gTLD
Domain Registration Status
Mission/Purpose of Domain Extension
Aga Khan is the hereditary title of the Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. The current Imam, the 49th hereditary Imam, is His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. The title of "Aga Khan" dates to 1818, when Hassan Ali Shah, the 46th... Read more
The Aga Khan name has become synonymous with the institutions of His Highness the Aga Khan and his predecessors have set up over the past 100 years. Institutions, projects and programmes associated with the Aga Khan operate within a unified, coherent framework, in over 25 countries, many of them with their own identities and domain names. These organizations range from development programmes, such as the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, to research and educational institutions such as the Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan Academies. The Aga Khan name also encompasses many scores of volunteer-run programmes that currently operate under different identities, such as the Aga Khan Youth & Sports Board.
An .AGAKHAN TLD would provide the means to link these institutions together and unify them under a solid association with the Aga Khan, reducing confusion and providing an assurance of the origin of information to the stakeholders. Domains under the .AGAKHAN TLD would signify that the institution using a domain name is a bonafide entity established by His Highness the Aga Khan, with his express consent.
This application is therefore largely based on the need to reinforce an identity that has come to be associated, in many countries, with certain characteristics, such as excellence, as well as the name of the hereditary leader of the Ismaili Muslims. Based on this dynamic, we expect to have 20 domains under management (DUMs) after three years.