Interview with Karen Armstrong by Reuters FaithWorld: Q&A: Karen Armstrong on Pakistan, Islam and secularisation
Islamabad, Pakistan, 31 January 2008 – World-renowned scholar and best-selling author Ms. Karen Armstrong delivered the first of five lectures in Pakistan on the pluralistic and intellectual traditions of Islam, at the Islamabad Serena Hotel here today.
The Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) organized this lecture as part of a series of events, conferences and seminars being held to mark the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. Predicated on the notion of fostering an inclusive and pluralistic understanding of Islam, the Golden Jubilee year will see a number of endeavors aimed at building bridges within and outside the Muslim Ummah. The Golden Jubilee will also catalyze new socio- economic, cultural and human development initiatives to realize the social conscience of Islam, and improve the quality of life of the less fortunate in society.