His Highness the Aga Khan: “…extract from Islamic history, from Islamic philosophy, the great names…who have influenced global knowledge.”

“We don’t do enough to illustrate to the peoples of our world the greatness of the Islamic civilisations, of cultures of the past.”
His Highness the Aga Khan
Inauguration of Aleppo Citadel Project, Syria, August 28, 2008
AKDN Press Release

“Extract from Islamic history, from Islamic philosophy, the great names, the great thinkers, the great astronomers, great scientists, great medical figures who have influenced global knowledge.”
His Highness the Aga Khan in conversation with Adrienne Clarkson at the Prize for Global Citizenship, Toronto, Canada, September 21, 2016
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Canon of Medicine. Aga Khan Museum
Ibn Sina’s Qanun [Fi’l-Tibb] (Canon [of Medicine]), Volume 5. The Canon was translated into Latin in Toledo, Spain, in the thirteenth century. It became the most influential medical encyclopedia and was taught in European universities well into the eighteenth century. Aga Khan Museum

“We have also, in these recent decades, established two new institutions of higher learning here, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, which is part of the Aga Khan University. They both offer Masters level teaching programmes, they engage in research and publication, and they also develop curriculum materials for children in primary and secondary schools. In all these efforts, they take a holistic, civilisational approach to Islamic studies, rather than emphasising the more narrow domain of theological dialectic.

What some describe as a clash of civilisations in our modern world is, in my view, a clash of ignorances. This is why education about religious and cultural heritage is so critically important—and why we will continue to invest in these institutions. We deeply believe that scholarship, publication and instruction—of high quality and generous breadth—can provide important pathways toward a more pluralistic and peaceful world.”
His Highness the Aga Khan
Banquet Hosted by Her Majesty the Queen, London, UK, July 3, 2008
Speech at AKDN

Astrolabe, Aga Khan Museum
Planispheric astrolabe, dated 1300s, Toledo, Spain. In the Iberian Peninsula of the fourteenth century, Muslim scientists worked together with Christian and Jewish counterparts to translate and transmit scientific knowledge to Europe. Aga Khan Museum

“The Muslim world, once a bastion of scientific and humanist knowledge, a rich and self-confident cradle of culture and art…From the seventh century to the thirteenth century, the Muslim civilisations dominated world culture, accepting, adopting, using and preserving all preceding study of mathematics, philosophy, medicine and astronomy, among other areas of learning. The Islamic field of thought and knowledge included and added to much of the information on which all civilisations are founded. And yet this fact is seldom acknowledged today.”
His Highness the Aga Khan
Baccalaureate Address at Brown University, May 26, 1996
Speech at AKDN

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