REFLECTIONS OF A SCHOLAR: A pearl for a monarch of faith and practicality

REFLECTIONS OF A SCHOLAR: A pearl for a monarch of faith and practicality - Daily NationBy Professor Austin Bukenya, for Daily Nation

The Imam’s spiritual role highlights a few points for me. The first is that, even in our pluralistic, largely secularistic world, it is possible to hold a faith and at the same time win respect beyond its strictly denominational interests. The Muslim secret, as I think the Ismailis interpret it, lies in Islam’s struggle to reconcile spirituality (din) with earthly material practicality (dunya). The Aga Khan has elucidated this in many of his lectures, including a landmark one, ‘The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World’, which he gave in November 2015 at Harvard, his alma mater.

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