Aga Khan at Harvard: Islam and the Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World

The Huffington Post:
Today if we were asked: “What is your understanding of Islam,” many of us may look at Friday’s attacks in Paris, for which the self-declared Islamic State claimed responsibility, as a foundation for our answer. Yet, on Thursday evening, a day before these atrocious attacks, a much different tone was set by a man many have described as a quiet, hardworking Muslim leader who has devoted his life to bettering the human condition.

Agha Khan

Delivering the honorable Jodidi lecture at Harvard University on Thursday, November 12th, His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad, urged for a “pluralist, cosmopolitan society,” one which “not only accepts difference, but actively seeks to understand it – and to learn from it.”


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