Seat of the Ismaili Imamat: Portugal – the capital of enlightened and peaceful Islam?

Feliciano Barreiras Duarte
Feliciano Barreiras Duarte (image credit: Sapo)

Prince [Karim] Aga Khan is a champion and enabler of enlightened Islam …

 

… He is a defender of peaceful Islam, condemning all radical interpretations and actions, not confusing tolerance with indifference.

 

– Feliciano Barreiras Duarte

 

This Portuguese – English translation is adapted from the Opinion column by Feliciano Barreiras Duarte, published in Portuguese news media Sapo – Sol Online on July 15, 2017.

Portuguese English
“Os homens de carácter firme são as colunas-mestras da sociedade a que pertencemos.”

– Ralph W. Emerson

“Men of firm character are the master columns of the society to which we belong.”

– Ralph W. Emerson


 

 

<em><strong> July 20th will mark the 2nd time His Highness has been awarded an honorary degree from Portugal making it the 24th time His Highness has been honored by various universities from around the world.</strong> </em><br /> <br /> <em> Images, left to right: </em><br /> - Henrique Mendonça Palace, the venue of the Global Seat of the Ismaili Imamat <br /> - May 11, 2016: President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Nuno Duarte Rebelo de Sousa receives His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). <br /> - Recent portrait of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. <br /> - Logo of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
July 20th will mark the 2nd time His Highness has been awarded an honorary degree from Portugal making it the 24th time His Highness has been honored by various universities from around the world.

Images, left to right:
– Henrique Mendonça Palace, the venue of the Global Seat of the Ismaili Imamat
– May 11, 2016: President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Nuno Duarte Rebelo de Sousa receives His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
– Recent portrait of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
– Logo of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

 

Portugal – capital do Islão esclarecido e pacífico?

Portugal – the capital of enlightened and peaceful Islam?

Doutor Honoris Causa – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

No próximo dia 20, a Universidade Nova de Lisboa irá atribuir o título de doutor honoris causa a Sua Alteza Shah Karim al-Hussein, príncipe Aga Khan.

É o reconhecimento do nosso país pela obra que o líder espiritual dos ismaelitas tem feito por todo o mundo nas últimas seis décadas, nas mais variadas áreas: política, diplomacia, e sobretudo sociocultural.

Aliás, esta distinção atribuída por uma das mais prestigiadas universidades portuguesas acontece quando o príncipe Aga Khan já tem em curso os procedimentos para instalar em Portugal a sede mundial desta comunidade religiosa.

Honorary Doctorate – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

On the 20th, the New University of Lisbon will award the title of doctor honoris causa to His Highness Shah Karim al-Hussein, Prince Aga Khan.

It is the recognition of our country for the work that the spiritual leader of the Ismalis has done all over the world in the last six decades, in the most varied areas: politics, diplomacy, and especially sociocultural.

In fact, this distinction attributed by one of the most prestigious Portuguese universities happens when Prince Aga Khan has already underway the procedures to install in Portugal the world headquarters of this religious community.

O Assento do Ismaii Imamat

A inaugurar em 2018, no Palácio Henrique de Mendonça (junto ao Corte Inglés de Lisboa), pode afirmar-se que esta sede dará a Portugal o estatuto de ‘capital do Islão esclarecido e pacífico’.

A sede mundial do Imamat Ismaili vem reforçar ainda mais a importância de Portugal como país tolerante e de diálogo intercultural e inter-religioso. Tirando partido da sua posição geográfica – entre o triângulo Europa-África-Médio Oriente e o Atlântico – para a resolução de conflitos e a promoção do desenvolvimento sustentável.

A sede mundial do dito Islão ‘esclarecido e pacífico’ será inaugurada no próximo ano e terá cerca de 500 funcionários. Cinco centenas!

Portugal foi o primeiro Estado não muçulmano a celebrar acordos com o Imamat. E reconheceu à rede Aga Khan um estatuto jurídico e diplomático semelhante ao semi-Estado que é o Vaticano.

A importância da sede desta rede Aga Khan também se reflectirá na relação de Portugal com países de África e da Ásia.

The Seat of the Ismaili Imamat

To be inaugurated in 2018, in the Henrique de Mendonça Palace (next to the English Court of Lisbon), it can be said that this seat will give Portugal the status of ‘enlightened and peaceful Islam capital’.

The world headquarters of Imamat Ismaili further reinforces the importance of Portugal as a tolerant country and of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue. Taking advantage of its geographical position – between the Europe-Africa-Middle East and the Atlantic triangle – for the resolution of conflicts and the promotion of sustainable development.

The world headquarters of so-called ‘enlightened and peaceful’ Islam will be inaugurated next year and will have around 500 staff. Five hundred!

Portugal was the first non-Muslim state to enter into agreements with Imamat. And it recognized the Aga Khan network as having a legal and diplomatic status similar to the semi-state that is the Vatican.

The importance of the headquarters of this network Aga Khan will also be reflected in the relationship of Portugal with countries in Africa and Asia.

Príncipe Karim Aga Khan, Imam (líder espiritual) dos muçulmanos Ismaelita


O Príncipe [Karim] Aga Khan, descendente direto do profeta Maomé, é o quadragésimo nono imã e o líder espiritual dos muçulmanos xiitas ismaelitas.

Muçulmanos Ismaelit

Comunidade de cerca de quinze milhões de pessoas a viverem em trinta países e sete regiões do mundo, conta em Portugal com cerca de sete mil elementos, muitos com raízes em Moçambique e no Paquistão.

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

A rede Aga Khan e a sua Fundação investem anualmente perto de 900 milhões de euros, com enfoque especial na cultura e no combate à pobreza. Organizada em onze agências, constituindo uma rede integrada e funcional, dela fazem inclusivamente parte estabelecimentos de ensino superior, como a Universidade da Ásia e a Universidade Aga Khan.A rede Aga Khan para o desenvolvimento dedica também muito do seu trabalho ao fenómeno da imigração, sendo impulsionadora de uma integração dos cidadãos enquanto migrantes nas sociedades de acolhimento.

Prince Karim Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims


Prince [Karim] Aga Khan, the direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, is the forty-ninth imam and the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Shi’ite Muslims

Ismaili Muslims

A community of about fifteen million people living in thirty countries and seven regions of the world, Portugal has about 7,000 members, many with roots in Mozambique and Pakistan.

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

The Aga Khan network and its Foundation invest annually around 900 million euros, with a special focus on culture and the fight against poverty. Organized in eleven agencies, it is an integrated and functional network. It also includes higher education institutions such as the University of Asia and Aga Khan University.The Aga Khan network for development also devotes much of its work to the phenomenon of immigration, and is driving the integration of citizens as migrants into host societies.

Aga Khan, Ismaelitas & Portugal

Presente em Portugal desde 1983, tem já um trabalho acumulado muito significativo, feito quer em parcerias com o Estado português (através de instituições públicas) quer em colaboração com instituições não públicas, dos sectores culturais, sociais e da solidariedade.

Do trabalho e do mandato do descendente direto do profeta Maomé fazem parte a efetiva interpretação da fé e a diminuição das desigualdades económicas e sociais – promovendo o ensino igualitário entre homens e mulheres, e daí a aposta no ensino pré-universitário e universitário.

Crítico do choque das civilizações, o príncipe Aga Khan é defensor e estimulador de um Islão esclarecido, em detrimento de um Islão ignorante e radical. É um defensor do Islão pacífico, condenando todas as interpretações e ações radicais, não confundindo tolerância com indiferença.

Aga Khan, Ismailis & Portugal

Present in Portugal since 1983, he [Aga Khan] already has a very significant portfolio of activities done either in partnerships with the Portuguese State (through public institutions) or in collaboration with non-public institutions, cultural, social and solidarity sectors.

The work and mandate of the direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad include the effective interpretation of faith and the reduction of economic and social inequalities – promoting equal education between men and women, and hence the importance on pre-university and university education.

Critical of the clash of civilizations, Prince Aga Khan is a champion and enabler of enlightened Islam, to the detriment of an ignorant and radical Islam. He is an advocate of peaceful Islam, condemning all radical interpretations and actions, not confusing tolerance with indifference.


 

Opinion column by Feliciano Barreiras Duarte – olharaocentro@sol.pt

Via https://sol.sapo.pt/artigo/572366/portugal-capital-do-islao-esclarecido-e-pacifico-

 


Matrix of the Constellation of Honours

July 20th will mark the 2nd time His Highness has been awarded an honorary degree from Portugal making it the 24th time His Highness has been honored by various universities from around the world.

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