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Status: Delegated
Type: Community
Category: Culture
Priority #: 792 - Fondation Aga Khan

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.ismaili is a TLD delegated to the Root Zone in ICANN's New gTLD Program on 16 April 2016.[1] The registry operator is Fondation Aga Khan (Aga Khan Foundation), and the application is a Community Priority Application.[2] Ismaili is a Shiite sect.

The sole applicant for this TLD is the Aga Khan Foundation, whose Chairman, His Highness the Aga Khan, is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. "Registrations in the .ISMAILI TLD will be limited to Ismaili institutions recognized by the Ismaili Constitution as ordained by the 49th Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan...The Ismailis are the only Shia Muslims to have a living, hereditary Imam; it is the presence of the living Imam that makes the community unique."

This will effectively be a closed TLD; "The AGA KHAN FOUNDATION intends to create and operate the TLD as a single registrant⁄single user registry and will reserve domain names under the TLD for exclusive registration by the AGA KHAN FOUNDATION and its representatives to the exclusion of other parties. In addition, the AGA KHAN FOUNDATION does not intend to sell, distribute or transfer control or use of any second level domain name registrations in the TLD to any party other than to its representatives and related organisations."[3]


Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) filed an objection against the TLD.[4]