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 bring selected quotes from His Highness the Aga Khan outlining his views on the issue as well as his suggestions for addressing it.
In this final instalment, the Aga Khan asks: “Modernity cannot be denied. How do we merge [it with the past]?”. His unequivocal answer is: “The past cannot be repeated. By copying it, it proves that one cannot do better…. We have to come up with new solutions,” and notes that historically “the fundamental reason for the pre-eminence of Islamic civilisations lay … in their ability to discover new knowledge … and to build constructively upon it.”
Previous installments in the series: