By Don Butler, The Ottawa Citizen January 13, 2012
OTTAWA — The list of honours the Aga Khan has received during his illustrious lifetime consumes three pages in Wikipedia. In this country alone, he’s been named an honourary Companion of the Order of Canada and granted honourary Canadian citizenship — just the fifth person, and first Muslim, ever so honoured.
He also has 19 honourary degrees from universities around the world, including five from Canadian institutions. The latest came Friday from the University of Ottawa, which awarded him an honourary doctorate for his service to humanity.
The 75-year-old hereditary Imam of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims, who assumed the position in 1957, has earned the recognition.
An unstinting advocate of the virtues of pluralism…
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