Excerpt From A Toronto Encounter: To Park Or Not To Park? – Arzina Zaver

Excerpt From A Toronto Encounter: To Park Or Not To Park? - Arzina ZaverExcerpt: When reflecting on my personal ethical/religious tradition I often refer to the words of His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community. The Aga Khan has spoken extensively about the Clash of Ignorance as a more accurate and appropriate term that describes the proclivity for racial discrimination and tension. In contrast to Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations, The Aga Khan argues that issues of racial injustice stem from a lack of knowledge about other cultures, faith traditions, and histories. Contrary to Huntington’s assertion that different cultures and religious groups simply “can’t get along” because of the differences between and across cultures, the Aga Khan has passionately argued that our differences are not intrinsic to our varied cultures and histories but are borne out of a lack of understanding of those different from ourselves. Of course, one way of remediating this ignorance is by being educated about the diversity of people with whom we share social spaces, whether in the classroom, at work, in our communities, or even more broadly, on our planet.

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