On Pluralism …


Pluralism means not only accepting, but embracing human difference.
[Pluralism] sees the world’s variety as a blessing rather than a burden, regarding encounters with the “Other” as opportunities rather than as threats.
Pluralism does not mean homogenization – denying what is different to seek superficial accommodation. To the contrary, pluralism respects the role of individual identity in building a richer world.

His Highness the Aga Khan, June 2009

Author: ismailimail

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  1. Wow! That quote reminds me of the speech His Highness made at the University of Toronto, where he quoted a former Prime Minister of Canada, Liberal Lester B. Pearson:

    REF – http://www.akdn.org/Content/598

    In 1957, the year I became Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was a 60 year-old statesman who, two years earlier, in a book entitled Democracy in World Politics, had written:

    “We are now emerging into an age when different civilisations will have to learn to live side by side in peaceful interchange, learning from each other, studying each other’s history and ideals, art and culture, mutually enriching each other’s lives. The only alternative in this overcrowded little world, is misunderstanding, tension, clash, and catastrophe.”

    The prescient writer, whom some of you will recognise as a distinguished alumnus and former teacher at this great institution, went on to lead this country as its fourteenth Prime Minister: Lester B. Pearson.


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