His Highness the Aga Khan on tradition and modernity — Part 2/4: Towards “new understandings of essential principles”

His Highness the Aga Khan on tradition and modernity -- Part 2/4: Towards 'new understandings of essential principles'Reconciling Islamic values and traditions with modern times is a critical issue which faces the whole Muslim world. In this four part series, the NanoWisdoms Archive is pleased to bring selected quotes from His Highness the Aga Khan outlining his views on the issue as well as his suggestions for addressing it.

Building on the first instalment, “Islam is for all places and all time” — where we summarised the Aga Khan’s emphatic rejection that Islam is a “faith of the past” — in this second instalment, Towards “new understandings of essential principles,” the Aga Khan explains his interpretation of Islam as one which is opposed to “formalistic approaches” of interpretation because they “tend to anchor a faith in one time.” On the contrary, the Aga Khan is of the same mind as his predecessor, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, who said: “the interpretation of the precepts and laws which regulate the lives of the Faithful, as laid down in the Qur’an and in the Traditions of the Prophet, can be done at any time and for any generation.”

Click here for His Highness the Aga Khan on tradition and modernity — Part 2/4: Towards “new understandings of essential principles”

Previous installments in the series:

Click here for His Highness the Aga Khan on tradition and modernity — Part 1/4: “Islam is for all places and all time”

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