On Pluralism …

Quote 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…

Meritocracy

“…leadership everywhere must continuously work to ensure that pluralism, and all its benefits, become top global priorities. In this effort, civil society has a vital role. By its very nature, civil society is pluralist because it seeks to speak for the multiple interests not represented by the state. I refer, for example, to organisations which…

Human Society is essentially Pluralist

“The inability of human society to recognize pluralism as a fundamental value constitutes a real handicap for its development and a serious danger for our future…. Recognize the fact that human society is essentially pluralist, and that peace and development require that we seek, by every means possible, to invest in and enhance, that pluralism.“…

Pluralism of Human Society

“Peace in the decades ahead can only be achieved when the pluralist nature of human society is understood, valued, and built upon, to construct a better future. In Islam, the pluralism of human society is well recognized, and the ethics of its multiple interpretations require that this diversity be accorded respect.” Extract from the remarks…

“Peace”

“Peace in the decades ahead can only be achieved when the pluralist nature of human society is understood, valued, and built upon, to construct a better future. In Islam, the pluralism of human society is well recognized, and the ethics of its multiple interpretations require that this diversity be accorded respect.” – Extract from the…

People of the Book

…..Quranic beliefs in the truth of the Judaic and Christian traditions are also encapsulated in another term: the ahl al-kitab or People of the Book. This is the umbrella term in the Quran to refer to communities, or peoples, who have received revelation in the form of scripture. It is commonly used to refer to…

Pluralism

“Pluralism implies a readiness to listen to many voices – whether we agree with them or not – and a readiness to embrace a rich diversity of cultures. When our diversity divides us, the results can be tragic. But when we welcome diversity – and the debate and dissent that goes with it – we…

The ethic of exploration and interconnectedness

This ethic of exploration and interconnectedness is one that is deeply shared by the Ismaili community. It is an ethic, in fact, that is firmly rooted in our faith — a value system which grows from deeply spiritual roots. It understands that human diversity is itself a gift of Allah — that pluralism is not…

Director Institute of Ismaili Studies Professor Azim Nanji Speaks on Pluralism and its Contents

The Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), Professor Azim Nanji, spoke on ‘Pluralism and its contents’ at a seminar on 23 November 2007 at Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC). The seminar was the last in the series ‘Possibility of Pluralism’, which discussed pluralism and its specific relevance…

Canada’s history of Pluralism – Hon. Jason Kenny, speech in November

excerpt… Canada’s history of pluralism includes religious diversity. Prime Minister Harper recently noted that, throughout our history, the accommodation of minorities — regional, ethnic, linguistic or religious — has been critical to Canada’s overall health as a country. In fact, many of the values that Canadians hold dear — freedom, democracy, human rights, and the…

Global Centre for Pluralism will serve as a cornerstone of good governance, the rule of law, and human development in the years ahead – Hon. Jason Kenny, speech in October

excerpt… For example, our Government is working to establish the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. This national museum, the first to be built outside of the National Capital Region, will serve as a powerful symbol of this country’s commitment to recognizing, promoting and celebrating human rights, at home and abroad. As well, I…